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!!!
Mardi Gras Cocktails
Bacon Wrapped Dates | Easy Tapas. Bacon Wrapped dates are the perfect salty meets sweet nibble for a tapas platter or charcuterie board.
Brie Beggars Purse Appetizers make impressive little nibbles for your next appetizer party, family get together or holiday meal.
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.
Learn how to make a Charcuterie Platter that’s sure to be the hit of your next party. Beautiful, tasty and a satisfying appetizer.
Nothing says fall like Rum Spiked Mulled Apple Cider. The warmth of the mulling spices combines with a dark aged rum is the perfect drink for a holiday open house.
The Worlds Best Paloma Recipe – The perfect combination of Tequila, fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice, and lime, salt-rimmed & topped with a little club soda. A Mexican vacation in a glass. This might be Mexico’s most popular tequila drink. This drink is traditionally made with Mexican grapefruit soda, but I think it’s too sweet so I started making this with fresh pink grapefruit juice, a little simple syrup, and club soda.
Try this Hard Blackberry sage lemonade cocktail. Blackberry sage lemonade is amazing on its own but with the addition of vodka, it’s the perfect summer cocktail. Herbs and fruit make a refreshing base for this hard lemonade. A hint of fresh sage makes this lemonade special.
Grilled Chicken and Goat Cheese Quesadilla is an awesome addition to any party or barbecue. The creamy goat cheese paired with the spicy grilled chicken is heavenly.
This is the best-ever easy shrimp dip. This is the perfect party or potluck appetizer. Served with fresh vegetables or assorted pieces of bread and crackers.
This Homemade Hummus and Veggies Tray is so easy to make and super delicious you’ll wonder why you ever buy packaged hummus. This is a terrific starter for any party or backyard barbecue. Plus this recipe is easy to customize.
Learn how to make the perfect classic mojito. There is nothing more refreshing than a classic mojito with the balanced flavors of mint and lime. This is my personal favorite recipe and it’s easy to make a single perfect mojito or an entire pitcher. Bonus – this is a great low-calorie drink. When I’m dieting I replace the rum with vodka – still amazingly yummy. Let’s make a mojito.
For a delicious stress-free holiday punch try this recipe for Cranberry and Champagne Punch. It’s super festive and super easy to make.
Red, White and Blue Mojito with blueberries and strawberries is the perfect drink for 4th of July or Memorial day or really any day.
White Sangria with White Peaches and Strawberries is refreshing and easy to make cocktail for your next barbecue. Make a pitcher or 2 the night before your BBQ. I love sangria and this one is especially unusual. Try different fruit combinations or mixing white wine with a sweeter white zinfandel. This is a definite make in advance recipe. You need time for the syrup to chill before blending with the wine. I make mine a day in advance to let the flavors blend.
I love the intense flavors of Jolly Rancher candies and have used them to infuse vodka for years. My husband loves this Grape Jolly Rancher Hard Lemonade.
This is a simple homemade lemonade recipe that is so easy to make you’ll never buy prepared lemonade or a mix again. This basic recipe is easy to customize.
I love slow cookers for the “set-it and forget-it” help they provide on party days. I’m always looking for ways to adjust my recipes for the slow cooker. My Slow Cooker Artichoke and Spinach Dip is amazing. + The slow cooker keeps the dip hot throughout the party and no extra serving dish. This is definitely a winner.
The Blue Moon and Stars Margarita recipe is a fun and festive take on the traditional blue margarita. Easy to make and adding edible glitter stars makes this drink beautiful and very special for any occasion.
Easy Summer Red Sangria. This classic red sangria, filled with lots of fruit and a bold Spanish red wine. Perfect with tapas and burgers.
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.