It wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without a feast of Cajun dishes and king cake, of course! But—luckily for you—you don’t need to travel to New Orleans to get in on the fun. In fact, anyone can celebrate Mardi Gras from the comfort of their own home. All you need are some gold, green, and purple decorations, a few classic cocktails, and this list of traditional Mardi Gras foods. Whether it’s gumbo, jambalaya, or beignets, these classic Mardi Gras recipes will have you feeling like you’re in the Big Easy in no time.
What is Mardi Gras, you might ask? Mardi Gras, also called Fat Tuesday, takes place at the end of Carnival season and just before the countdown to your Easter dinner. It’s the last feast before many people give up certain foods for Lent, so it’s the tradition to go all-out with some indulgent dishes. Here, you’ll find an over-the-top muffuletta sandwich, shrimp recipes loaded with Creole seasoning, and plenty of Southern comfort food favorites. If you’re looking to get creative with your Mardi Gras foods, try Ree Drummond’s twist on Cajun pasta with veggies or try the spritz cookies that look like mini king cakes. And while Mardi Gras falls on March 1 this year, you can also enjoy these delicious New Orleans-inspired dishes for your family dinners all year long.