Tuesday, March 04, 2014

What are Popular Foods Eaten at Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Carnival or even Pancake Tuesday---no matter what, today is the last day before Lent.

Before people prepare for Ash Wednesday (Lent), many indulge in good foods, parties, and parades. Did you know that Mardi Gras traditions date to Medieval Europe?

Mardi Gras traditions grew out of Catholicism, and combine French celebrations, masquerade tradition, and African music. Fat Tuesday became an official holiday in Louisiana by 1875.

Moreover, Mardi Gras is not Mardi Gras without delicious King cake and pancakes (crepes). Part of the Mardi Gras tradition is to eat foods full of butter, dairy, and milk.

Did you know that there are other popular dishes that are devoured during this holiday? Check out our list of popular foods eaten during Mardi Gras.

Popular Mardi Gras  Dishes

Jumbalaya
This dish is a great way to loosen up your sinuses since it's rich with eclectic spice. What makes this here.
Beignets with powered sugar
dish oh so appetizing is the andouille sausages. Check out this Food Network recipe here.

Dirty Rice with Smoked Sausages
Imagine thick rice embedded with succulent sausages? It's foodie heaven for anyone who loves Creole-style dishes. Check out this Food Network recipe here.

Shrimp Gumbo
It's a luxurious broth full of spiced veggies and meats. Click here for recipe.

Fried Okra
A Southern delicacy, yes. But it's also a healthy green full of Vitamins A and C. Try this recipe here.

Beignets
These fried, little donuts are very popular in Louisiana. In fact, Cafe Du Mond is the hot-spot to go to get the best beignets with chicory flavored coffee. Want to bring Louisiana into your home? Try this excellent recipe here.

Have an idea to add to our list? Comment below your favorite Mardi Gras dishes!