Mardi Gras, which translates from French to mean Fat Tuesday, is a holiday that you probably know of to some extent. In Catholicism, Mardi Gras marks the last day of celebration before the beginning of Lent. But in the modern United States, the day is essentially an excuse to have a good time. New Orleans is especially known for having one of the best Mardi Gras celebrations in the world. Days of festive, beautiful parades are often followed by nights of not-so-kid-friendly activities in The Big Easy.

Whether you’re celebrating Mardi Gras to let loose a little before Ash Wednesday or you’re just looking to have a little fun, hosting your very own Mardi Gras party is always a great option. And everyone knows that the main focus of a good party is the food! Some of these recipes specifically embody Fat Tuesday while others are a little more reminiscent of classic New Orleans dishes. They are recognizable, delicious, and an amazing addition to any festive celebration.



1. Crawfish Fettuccini

CRAW-fish, CRAY-fish, however you decide to say it, you can’t deny that it’s is a major component in tons of southern-inspired dishes. This crawfish fettuccini combines the delicious little morsels with a classic Italian recipe to create this perfectly blended meal.

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2. Shrimp Po’Boys

A sandwich originally created and perfected in Louisiana, po’ boys come in a few different forms. While some love fried shrimp, others prefer beef or other seafood items like crab. This classic take on the traditional sandwich includes a large heaping of beer-battered shrimp, lettuce, tomato, and a great sauce. These boys may be simple, but they definitely pack tons of heat.

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3. New Orleans Gumbo

No recipe list that even passively mentions new Orleans is complete without a big pot of gumbo. Filled with shrimp and sausage alongside tons of spice and vegetables, every spoonful of this gumbo fills you with love and warmth.

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4. King Cake

King Cake may be the one of the only desserts that is specifically made for Mardi gras. Perfectly rolled and formed into shape and filled with an amazing cinnamon sugar mixture, this cake is amazing from its yellow, green, and gold exterior to its warm insides.

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5. Beignets

Beignets are amazing in their simplicity. Warm, doughy pastries with flaky insides and a generous dusting of powdered sugar, it is almost impossible to eat only one.

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6. Mardi Gras Masquerade Sugar Cookies

These cookies are super easy. Simple sugar cookies are shapes with cutters, bakes, then dusted with colorful sugar sprinkles. Perfect for a party or made for the family, they are incredibly festive.

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7. Classic New Orleans Hurricane

Another New Orleans specific recipe, the Hurricane was created in a tavern in the French Quarter. This homemade version, filled with rum, passion fruit juice, and a few more ingredients pays some serious homage to its very proud origins.

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8. Non-Alcoholic Mardi Gras Punch

Every celebration needs a good, non-alcoholic punch, even a Mardi gras one. A bit of Sprite, some grape soda, pineapple juice, and sliced lemons create a punch that is delicious, festive, and perfect for the entire family.

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Jordyn Smith

Jordyn Smith

A city girl currently living it up in the south with my little family. I love baking, hoarding makeup, and daydreaming. If I'm not writing, I'm probably trying to think up weird pizza recipes or watching Property Brothers.