Delicious Recipes for Mardi Gras

No celebration is complete without good food. Mardi Gras is also no exception to this. Make the day a memorable one by making some cool yet quick dishes for you and your friend(s). Keeping in mind the a Mardi Gras preparation is nice to start with this beautiful dishes.
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Mardi Gras Recipes

Creole Fried Rice

Ingredients
1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
Creole Fried Rice 2 cups chicken broth
1 pound skinned and boned chicken thighs
1 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning, divided
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 pound andouille or smoked sausage, sliced
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 small green bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup frozen sliced okra, thawed
3 plum tomatoes, chopped
2 green onions, sliced (green part only)

Preparation
1. Cook rice according to package directions, substituting chicken broth for water. Spread cooked rice in a thin layer on a baking sheet. Let cool 30 minutes or until completely cool.

2. Cut chicken thighs into 1-inch pieces, and toss with 1 tsp. Creole seasoning.

3. Cook chicken in hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat 3 minutes; add sausage, and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic, and cook 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in okra and remaining 1/2 tsp. Creole seasoning. Increase heat to high; add rice, and cook, stirring constantly, 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in tomatoes. Sprinkle with sliced green onions, and serve immediately.

Spicy Rémoulade Sauce

Ingredients
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sliced green onions
Spicy Rémoulade Sauce 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons Creole mustard
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper

Preparation Stir together mayonnaise, green onions, parsley, Creole mustard, lemon zest, garlic, and red pepper.

SERVE WITH boiled shrimp and shredded iceberg lettuce on toasted sourdough rolls.

Cajun-Baked Catfish

Ingredients
2 cups cornmeal
Cajun-Baked Catfish 2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon pepper
8 (3- to 4-ounce) catfish fillets
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
1 to 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
Garnish: lemon wedges

Preparation
Combine first 3 ingredients. Dredge catfish fillets in cornmeal mixture; place fillets, skin sides down, on a greased baking sheet.

Combine Cajun seasoning and seasoned salt; sprinkle over fillets. Drizzle with butter.

Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until golden and fish flakes with a fork. Garnish, if desired.

Cajun Shrimp Casserole

Ingredients
2 pounds unpeeled, large fresh shrimp
1/4 cup butter
1 small red onion, chopped
Cajun Shrimp Casserole 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups fresh or frozen sliced okra
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of shrimp soup
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups cooked long-grain rice
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Garnishes: quartered lemon slices, fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs

Preparation
Peel shrimp; devein, if desired.

Melt 1/4 cup butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and next 3 ingredients; sauté 7 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in okra, lemon juice, and salt; sauté 5 minutes. Add shrimp, and cook 3 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Stir in soup and next 4 ingredients until blended. Pour into a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes or until casserole is bubbly and cheese is lightly browned. Garnish, if desired.

1 (10-ounce) package frozen onions and peppers may be substituted for fresh onion and bell peppers.

1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup may be substituted for cream of shrimp soup.

Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo

Ingredients
1 pound andouille sausage, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
4 skinned bone-in chicken breasts
Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo Vegetable oil
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
2 celery ribs, sliced
2 quarts hot water
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot sauce
4 green onions, sliced
Filé powder (optional)
Hot cooked rice
Garnish: chopped green onions

Preparation Cook sausage in a Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until browned. Drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in Dutch oven. Set sausage aside.

Cook chicken in reserved drippings in Dutch oven over medium heat 5 minutes or until browned. Remove to paper towels, reserving drippings in Dutch oven. Set chicken aside.

Add enough oil to drippings in Dutch oven to measure 1/2 cup. Add flour, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 20 to 25 minutes, or until roux is chocolate colored.

Stir in onion, bell pepper, and celery; cook, stirring often, 8 minutes or until tender. Gradually add 2 quarts hot water, and bring mixture to a boil; add chicken, garlic, and next 5 ingredients. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 hour. Remove chicken; let cool.

Add sausage to gumbo; cook 30 minutes. Stir in green onions; cook for 30 more minutes.

Bone chicken, and cut meat into strips; return chicken to gumbo, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaves.

Remove gumbo from heat. Sprinkle with filé powder, if desired. Serve over hot cooked rice. Garnish, if desired.

New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp

Ingredients
4 pounds unpeeled, large fresh shrimp or 6 pounds shrimp with heads on
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup chili sauce
New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 lemons, sliced
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons Creole seasoning
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
French bread

Preparation
Spread shrimp in a shallow, aluminum foil-lined broiler pan.

Combine butter and next 12 ingredients in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until butter melts, and pour over shrimp. Cover and chill 2 hours, turning shrimp every 30 minutes.

Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20 minutes; turn once. Serve with bread.

Blackened Salmon Fillets

Ingredients
2 tablespoons ground paprika
1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
4 salmon fillets, skin and bones removed
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

Preparation
In a small bowl, mix paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder, salt, white pepper, black pepper, thyme, basil and oregano.

Brush salmon fillets on both sides with 1/4 cup butter, and sprinkle evenly with the cayenne pepper mixture. Drizzle one side of each fillet with 1/2 remaining butter.

In a large, heavy skillet over high heat, cook salmon, butter side down, until blackened, 2 to 5 minutes. Turn fillets, drizzle with remaining butter, and continue cooking until blackened and fish is easily flaked with a fork.

Cajun Chicken Lasagna

Ingredients
1 (16 ounce) package lasagna noodles
1 pound andouille sausage, quartered lengthwise and sliced
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into chunks
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon dried sage
Cajun Chicken Lasagna 1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
2 (10 ounce) containers Alfredo Sauce, divided
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine sausage, chicken, Cajun seasoning and sage. Cook until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear, about 8 minutes. Remove meat from skillet with a slotted spoon, and set aside. Saute onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic until tender.

Remove from heat, and stir in cooked meat and one container Alfredo sauce.

Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover bottom with 4 lasagna noodles. Spread with 1/2 of the meat mixture. Repeat layers, and cover with a layer of noodles. Spread remaining Alfredo sauce over top. Top with mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Blackened Fish

Ingredients
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Blackened Fish 1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
6 (4 ounce) fillets trout
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Preparation
In a small bowl, mix together paprika, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, cumin, black pepper, white pepper, thyme and salt; set aside. Heat a heavy cast iron pan on high heat until extremely hot, about 10 minutes.

Pour 3/4 cup melted butter into a shallow dish. Dip each fillet into butter, turning once to coat both sides. Sprinkle both sides of fillets with spice mixture, and gently pat mixture onto fish.

Place fillets into hot pan without crowding. Carefully pour about 1 teaspoon melted butter over each fillet. Cook until fish has a charred appearance, about 2 minutes. Turn fillets, spoon 1 teaspoon melted butter over each, and cook until charred. Repeat with remaining fish.

Spinach and Red Chard Quiche

Ingredients
1 (9 inch) unbaked 9 inch pie crust
1/2 pound spinach, rinsed and chopped
1/2 pound red Swiss chard, rinsed and chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, diced
Spinach and Red Chard Quiche 3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
8 small oyster mushrooms, chopped
2 teaspoons capers
1 (12 ounce) package firm tofu, cubed
1/4 cup skim milk
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground cardamom
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preparation
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Bake pie crust until lightly browned. Meanwhile, place spinach and Swiss chard in a steamer over 1 inch of boiling water, and cover. Lightly cook, about 5 minutes.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat and saute onions and garlic. When onions become transparent add spinach and chard. Stir in curry powder, parsley, salt and pepper. Saute until spinach and chard reduce, then add mushrooms and capers. Stir and remove from heat.

In a blender or food processor, combine tofu, milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom and Parmesan cheese. Process until smooth and creamy. Pour over vegetables and mix well. Transfer mixture to the pie crust.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle top with Cheddar cheese. Bake for 10 more minutes, or until cheese is lightly browned.

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