5 Mardi Gras Recipes For New Orleans Flavor Wherever You Live

Even if you can't attend the parades, you can celebrate Mardi Gras at home with these classic recipes.

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Mardi Gras is underway in New Orleans and just the thought of it is making me hungry. I'm craving the Holy Trinity (onion, bell pepper and celery), Cajun spices and sweet baked things.


You feeling hungry for New Orleans now, too? Luckily, we have some recipes to satiate that desire. So laissez les bon temps rouler.

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Get ready to be wowed after sampling this crowd pleaser, from the Big Easy.

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A Perfect Blend

Holland Peppers Stuffed With Creole Fried Rice

Peppers Stuffed With Creole Fried Rice

Celebrity caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs spices things up Creole style with this tasty Louisiana dish, perfect for Mardi Gras celebrations.

Photo by: Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs ©Eric Striffler Photography

Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs, Eric Striffler Photography

Creole food reflects the influences of French, Spanish, West African, American Indian, German, Italian and Irish culture on Louisiana. And made with Creole seasoning, this dish is an easy weeknight meal, which alone is something to celebrate.

Throw Me Some ... Bread

Beignet Bread Pudding

Beignet Bread Pudding Recipe

Nothing's more traditional than a New Orleans-style beignet. Celebrity caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs turns this classic French Quarter treat into a warm bread pudding to celebrate Mardi Gras.

Photo by: Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs

Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs

Beignets and bread pudding are two New Orleans classics inspired by French cuisine, and this recipe combines both delicious desserts into one even more delicious dessert. Now that’s an innovation we can get behind.

The King of All

A Mardi Gras tradition since the 1800s, King Cake is like a big cinnamon roll with colored icing (purple, yellow and green, the official colors of Mardi Gras) and a surprise — a baked-in plastic baby who brings good luck to whoever gets it in their piece. Just beware that being "lucky" also means you supply the cake next year.

Mac-Daddy Dessert

Purple and green macarons with gold filling.

Colorful Mardi Gras Macarons

For this years Mardi Gras, skip the King Cake and for something different. Heather Baird from Sparkle Bakes creates colorful Mardi Gras macarons inspired by the King Cake tradition.

For a fun and gluten-free alternative to the King Cake, try French-inspired macarons made with almond flour and decorated in that same color trio. Not for the faint of heart, macarons require a little extra time and skill, but they’re sure to impress.

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