23 Easy Recipes for Mardi Gras.
Tasty + Super Easy Mardi Gras Recipes for the Perfect Celebration
Celebrate Mardi Gras with easy recipes to feed a crowd. Everything from Jambalaya, Seafood Gumbo, Shrimp Étouffée, Famous New Orleans Morning Call Beignets, King Cake, Pat O’Brien’s Copycat Hurricane Cocktail, a King Cake Martini and so much more…
As we say in New Orleans, “Laissez le Bon temps rouler”, Cajun for “Let the good times roll”!
Where did the first 6 weeks of this year go? Mardi Gras comes early this year and kind of snuck up on us. But that’s no reason not to rally the gang and throw a Mardi Gras party.
Heat up the late winter and throw an impromptu last-minute Mardi Gras party.
Celebrate Mardi Gras with this collection of easy Mardi Gras recipes. Perfect for any Mardi Gras Gathering.
There may not be parades and beads this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy these Mardi Gras classics and “let the good times roll”.
These super easy Mardi Gras recipes guarantee everyone will have a great time and you’ll have time to spend with family and friends instead of slaving away in the kitchen.
From easy appetizers and snacks to classic Creole and Cajun favorites, cocktails, and desserts, this Mardi Gras recipe collection has a variety of all-time favorites to make your Mardi Gras festive and fabulous.
Put together the perfect Mardi Gras menu with these easy and stress-free recipes.
Cheers & Let the Good Times Roll!!!
Easy Recipes for a Mardi Gras Celebration
Featured Recipe: New Orleans Beignets
Throw a last-minute Mardi Gras Party. I love any excuse to throw a party, but Mardi Gras is a favorite, try these easy Mardi Gras recipes.
Famous New Orleans Morning Call Beignets are by far my favorite beignet in the New Orleans area. Served with café au lait beignets are quintessential New Orleans breakfast or late night treat, and makes an awesome brunch dessert.
Café Brûlot – New Orleans Flaming Coffee is a very impressive way to finish a wonderful meal. In many of New Orleans grand old French-Creole restaurants, like Arnaud’s, Antoine’s or Galatoire’s this is the grand finale of the meal. Flaming brandy-spiked coffee spiked with a touch of citrus and cinnamon.
Bayou Swamp Water Rum Punch. This Bayou Swamp Water Cocktail is filled with pineapple juice, coconut rum, citron vodka, Chartreuse and blue curaçao. Dangerously Delicious.
Spicy Cajun Bloody Mary is a spicy adaptation on the classic. Topped with shrimp, cornichons, and blue cheese stuffed Tabasco olives.
Make this King Cake Martini for a fun and festive cocktail for your Mardi Gras party. This is a creamy sweet dessert martini that combines all the wonderful flavors of the traditional Mardi Gras King Cake into a really addictive cocktail.
Sazerac | Classic New Orleans Cocktail is made with Rye Whiskey and Herbisaint. The Sazerac Cocktail dates back to 1838.
Pat O’Brien’s Copycat Hurricane Cocktail is maybe the most famous New Orleans cocktail. Made with 6 types of liquor and fruit juices, it’s no wonder it’s called a Hurricane, a couple of these and you’ll be blown away.
The Zombie Cocktail is a dangerously delicious fruity, rum-filled, boozy concoction from the original Tiki cocktail scene.
Classic New Orleans-Style Bread Pudding Recipe is so easy to make and always so good. Try serving this with a Bourbon Caramel Sauce.
Spicy Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo is a hearty stew with roots in Louisiana and the southern Gulf coast. Full of rich spicy goodness.
Fried Shrimp Po Boy With Creole Remoulade is an iconic New Orleans sandwich, filled with crispy fried shrimp served on buttered French bread. Yum!
Chicken & Okra Creole Recipe is a delicious New Orleans classic and a change of pace from the traditional Gumbo.
Authentic Creole Shrimp Étouffée Recipe | Shrimp Étouffée is classic Louisiana spicy stew of shrimp or crawfish served over rice.
Learn how to make a King Cake, a traditional Mardi Gras recipe. No Mardi Gras celebration is complete without the iconic King Cake.
New Orleans Red Beans and Rice is a Creole dish traditionally made on Mondays with beans, veggies left over from Sunday supper and served with rice.
This Quick and Easy Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya recipe is ready in 45 minutes. This iconic New Orleans favorite is easy enough for weeknight dinner.
New Orleans Seafood Gumbo is filled with an assortment of seafood with fish, shrimp, crab, and oysters. The best spicy seafood gumbo – ever.
Easy Creole Crabmeat Au Gratin Recipe. Crabmeat Au Gratin makes a great dinner served with a simple green salad and lots of warm crusty french bread.
Try this New Orleans Cajun BBQ Shrimp Recipe as an easy appetizer or serve with a simple salad for a super easy and fast meal.
New Orleans Style Remoulade Sauce is a must for authentic shrimp and oyster po-boys. This spicy sauce is great served with crab cakes or shrimp cocktail.
Featured Recipe: Zombie | Classic Tiki cocktail
Mardi Gras Cocktails
Calling all Mermaids. The mermaid margarita is as delicious as it is beautiful. Fresh fruit juices, tequila, and a splash of Blue Curacao. Yum!
Creamy Coconut Margarita Recipe. Move over Pina Colada. This creamy dreamy coconut margarita has all the coconutty goodness without being too sweet.
Grab your little cocktail umbrellas and make a pitcher or two of these little beauties. A tropical vacation in a glass.
Muddled Raspberry Margarita Recipe is the perfect fresh fruit margarita. Muddling releases the juice and sweetness of the fruit.
This amazing roasted pineapple margarita is sweet but not too sweet and caramelized from grilling. Add a slice of jalapeno for a little kick.
Spicy Orange Muddled Margarita Recipe is the perfect fresh fruit margarita. Muddling the fruit all the flavor of both the juice and the zest.
Spicy Classic Margarita turns up the heat with a slice of jalapeno and paired with a sweet heat rim of sugar and chipotle chili.
The Muddled Mexican Mule combines tequila, ginger beer, lime, and if you like spicy try adding a slice of jalapeno.
Mango Margaritas are the perfect Cinco de Mayo cocktail for your celebration. This is the perfect twist on the classic Margarita.
Learn how to make Irish Coffee
An Irish coffee cocktail is a mixture of brown sugar-sweetened coffee, Irish whiskey, and topped with whipped cream.
This is so easy to make and prepare to feel pampered and enveloped by this warm coffee cocktail.
Dracula Martini Recipe | Dra-Kahlúa. A scary good Halloween or Fall martini made with Kahlúa and cognac. This is sure to be a favorite.
Learn how to make a Mediterranean Crudités and Tapas platter. Beautiful, tasty and a satisfying appetizer that will wow guests.
Learn How to Make Creative Crudités Platters. Forget the sad vegetable platters from the grocery, these Crudités Platters will wow guests.
Coconut Vodka Martini | Tropical Storm Warning Martini is the perfect martini for summer sipping. Perfect by the pool or sneak a thermos full to the beach. Simple, easy and elegant. Cheers!
Put the Lime in The Coconut Cocktail is the perfect summer poolside sipper. Filled with yummy coconut vodka, pineapple, and blue curacao for the most amazing turquoise blue color.
Gambas Al Ajillo | Classic Spanish Garlic Shrimp Tapas. This buttery, garlicky rendition of the Spanish tapas favorite is super fast and easy.
Try a Root Beer Bourbon Ice Cream Floats, the flavors of this childhood favorite gets an adult makeover for this frosty, creamy grownup cocktail.
Try a Mexican twist on the brunch fav Bloody Mary with this Bloody Maria Sangrita Recipe. Tequila with spicy tomato and citrus juices. Yum.
Tequila Mockingbird – Spicy Tequila Cocktail. Muddled watermelon and fresh jalapeno with tequila is the perfect balance of spicy and sweet.
Vampiro Tequila Cocktail with Jalisco Sangrita. This spicy tequila cocktail mixed with a traditional Jalisco Sangrita. Sangrita’s are my new cocktail obsession. Sangrita or “little blood” has traditionally been served as a chaser for excellent quality tequila. It would have been a mixture of fruit juices and finely ground chili pepper. Many sangrita recipes call for tomato juice, but that would not have been part of the traditional recipe, the original recipe would have been made from leftover juice from fresh fruit salads and changed based on the fruits used.
Today’s cocktail culture is creating very intriguing sangritas as an ingredient in some pretty amazing tequila cocktails. This recipe calls for a combination of grapefruit, orange, and lime with a touch of spicy jalapeno pepper.
Festive Mardi Gras Party Ideas
PLAN THE PARTY
Keep it simple
- Play zydeco music or make a Spotify or Pandora channel with old school New Orleans favs, like Louis Armstrong, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Neville Brothers or try this playlist from GoNola.com
Laissez le bon temps rouler, – “Let the good times roll”!
Celebrate Fat Tuesday
Throw a Mardi Gras Party
Make it Extra Special with These Additions
Easy Mardi Gras Decorations
Time to hit my favorite party store —The Dollar Store— and grab some decorations in Mardi Gras colors of gold, green and purple representing the virtues of power, faith, and justice.
- Hang string lights wrapped with gold green and, purple streamers.
- Buy bags of gold doubloons and plastic beaded necklaces
- Fill large bowls or large Martini Glasses with the beads and doubloons – the typical booty thrown from floats at Mardi Gras parades.
Throw Me Something, Mister
Head to the Dollar Store or craft store and buy Mardi Gras beads and doubloons in bulk and display them in giant martini glasses or if you picked up a giant Hurricane Glass At Pat O’s that works.
Buy plain masks and supplies, like paint, feathers and sequins for guest to make their own Mardi Gras Mask creation.
Mardi Gras Food
Make it Easy
Choose one or 2 Cajun or Creole classics that cook in one pot, like a spicy gumbo and boiled shrimp or crawfish. Or Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya and Shrimp Étouffée.
Serve King Cake or New Orleans Bread Pudding.
Make it Easy
Fat Tuesday Food
Pick-up a bucket of Popeye’s Fried Chicken (spicy of course) and a side of red beans & rice.
Make it a potluck and have everyone bring a New Orleans inspired dish.
Make a Giant Muffuletta, and serve with Zapp’s Voodoo Chips
Make a Batch of a Classic
Hurricanes, Zombies and Bloody Mary’s oh my.
There are so many classic New Orleans Cocktails. Choose a favorite and make a giant batch.
Ice Cold Beverages
Louisiana Beer, Craft Sodas & Sparkling Water
Place lime and orange wedges + maybe a few thinly sliced fresh chilis (make sure you remove the seeds- and wear gloves when handling the chilies unless you want removing your contacts to be a really painful experience) next to the beer & soda to make it easy for everyone to add their favorite flavor. I’m digging orange at the moment.