Mardi Gras Dishes to Die For
Today is Mardi Gras, and no better way to celebrate the holiday than by cooking some of the traditional foods that have been served up since the mid-1800’s. Keep in minds these foods are generally very rich, fatty, and bready, but boy is good!
The tradition of Mardi Gras is is celebrated the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which signifies the beginning of lent (40 day fasting period), so why not drink, eat, and play as much as you can the night before? Here are some dishes from a Food and Wine article that I just love. Enjoy
The muffuletta is the quintessential New Orleans sandwich of cured meats, cheese and tangy olive salad piled onto a sturdy Italian loaf.
Étouffée—from the French word for smother, stew or braise—is a classic Cajun dish of shellfish (or sometimes chicken) served over rice.
Caramelized Bananas Foster Crêpes with Cream
Caramelized bananas Foster originated at the legendary Brennan’s in New Orleans. To transform it into a brunch dish, bake the bananas on tender crêpes.
This renowned baked oyster dish was created at Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans in 1899 by the proprietor, Jules Alciatore. According to legend, the dish was created as a substitute for baked snails, which were hard to obtain from France. It was named in honor of John D. Rockefeller, at that time one of the world’s richest men, because of the sauce’s intense richness.
New Orleans-Style Chicory Beignets
Star chef David Kinch playfully combines two New Orleans classics: chicory coffee and beignets.
Crispy fried shrimp are stuffed into a hollowed-out baguette that's been buttered, toasted and spread with a zesty sauce. Use more Tabasco in the sauce to suit your taste.
Bread Pudding Soufflé with Bourbon Sauce
This unusual bread-pudding soufflé, flavored with raisins and topped with a silky bourbon sauce, is as custardy as bread pudding and as light and fluffy as a soufflé.
Even though the majority of us aren’t preparing for a 40 day long fasting period, there is more than enough good in this world to celebrate just for the heck of it. Get with your friends and family and indulge in the delicious food and drink for the celebration of Mardi Gras. Have fun and be safe! Thanks for reading.
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Want to cook some of the dishes you saw here? Schedule a seat at an upcoming cooking class, or book your own custom class with a specialized menu. There is more than enough holidays to celebrate this month so be sure to eat well!