Mardi Gras/Carnival Season kicks off on the 12th Day after Christmas. The revelry and pageantry of this season makes for a fun reason to have a get together with friends. Not only are the sights and decorations of the Mardi Gras season colorful, but so is the food. Here are seven food ideas for your next Mardi Gras party.
- King Cake- This oblong or circular braided pastry is often covered with icing and sugar in gold, green, and purple colors. The cake can be without stuffing or filled with everything from cream cheese to apples. And of course, many cakes come with a plastic baby. The idea being that whoever gets the piece with the baby, gets to host the party the next year.
In terms of colors on the cake, the gold stands for power, the green for faith, and the purple for justice.
- Jambalaya-This hearty dish includes meat, vegetables, and rice to soak up stock (New Orleans CVB).
- Red Beans and Rice-Often served with a side of meat such as sausage.
- Po-Boy-This sandwich on French bread can be filled with meats such as roast beef and turkey or seafood (New Orleans CVB).
- Gumbo-A stew that includes stock, seasoned veggies such as celery, bell pepper, and onions, and meat or seafood. The stew is thickened with ingredients such as roux or file powder (Wikipedia).
- Bread Pudding-Yum on a plate! This dessert is bread-based and soaked in sweet sauce often including rum or whiskey.
- Bananas Foster-Check out this dessert that is a real attention getter. Bananas, butter, and brown sugar are mixed with rum or banana liqueur and set aflame. Quite the show.
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