Mardi Gras is a fun celebration, celebrating all the rich foods before Lent. Many different countries celebrate Mardi Gras. The star of the event is certainly the food, and not the beads. Mardi Gras translates to Fat Tuesday. To celebrate, eat tons of fatty and rich foods like these 10 traditional foods. We have the traditional British and Irish dish of pancakes, and the New Orleans traditions with dirty rice and gumbo.

We hope you love these rich and delicious traditional Mardi Gras dishes!

10. Crawfish Boil

Crayfish, or crawfish, or crawdads, are a favorite for New Orleans. They are little crustaceans that look like a miniature lobster. They are found in freshwater streams, and are a delicious protein. Serve them home style in a huge boil, with potatoes, corn, and sausage.

9. Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and grits are a classic Southern dish, but it works perfectly for Mardi Gras. This recipe cooks the grits in butter and milk and then tops it in Parmesan cheese. The richness of the grits are a great dish for Fat Tuesday. Enjoy the grits with Cajun shrimp on top.

8. Creole Crab Cakes

Bring the seafood of New Orleans to your home with these Creole crab cakes. Buy a moderately priced canned crab, or break down crab legs yourself. These make a beautiful appetizer or main course if you pair it with a fresh salad.

7. Shrimp and Chicken Etouffee

This etouffee is almost a cross with a gumbo. They key is in the roux. You need to cook the flour to a deep brown color. Keep it over a very low heat so that you don’t burn the roux. Roux comes in different colors and each color thickens a different amount of liquid.

6. Pancakes

Pancakes are a very traditional dish for Mardi Gras, also known as “Pancake Tuesday”. Celebrate the day with these special Mardi Gras colored pancakes. Add a few drops of food coloring to the batter, and layer to make a fabulous effect. Top with frosting and sprinkles.

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5. Dirty Rice

Dirty rice is a traditional Cajun dish where white rice is cooked with stock and pieces of meat. It is cooked with the “holy trinity”, a mirepoix that is famous in the region. It has equal parts green bell pepper, celery, and onions. The rice turns brown in color, giving it the name “dirty”.

4. Milk Punch

Milk punch is a common holiday drink throughout New Orleans and the Deep South. It has simple ingredients: milk, sugar, bourbon, and vanilla. Shake all the parts together with lots of ice to get a very chilled drink. Similar to eggnog, it is topped with nutmeg.

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3. Red Beans and Rice

Red beans and rice is a great classic dish from the region. It is made from the bones of the Sunday night pork dish. Made on Monday, it is a common special at restaurants in New Orleans. It can be said that red beans and rice is a part of the heritage and soul of the Big Easy.

2. Beignets

Beignets are a classic French doughnut that has become a traditional New Orleans dessert. The Creole heritage is part French, and so many of these traditionally French dishes migrated to the region. These puffs are topped with powdered sugar and are served with coffee.

1. King Cake

The King cake is a traditional Mardi Gras dessert. It is topped with icing and the Mardi Gras colors in sprinkles. Inside the cake is nuts and spiced fruit. You can also find it with chocolate or almond filling. The cake comes in a ring shape, and can be baked or fried. It is the highlight of any Mardi Gras party.

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