Mardi Gras, though rich in spiritual tradition, also carries delicious implications, like beignets and jambalaya. Check out these great Mardi Gras recipes for a delicious Fat Tuesday. Your Mardi Gras eats will ensure that les bons temps rouler.
Mardi Gras means “fat Tuesday” in French. In English it’s referred to as Shrove Tuesday. It’s the day before Lent begins.
Traditionally, it’s the day when one would purge the household of the foods that might be forbidden during Lenten observations. In Medieval times, rich foods, like butter, eggs, and cream, aka fats, were considered off limits in the weeks before Easter.
While the Roman Catholic church has always observed Lent, a number of Protestant faiths do as well. The church I grew up in hosted a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday every year, and folks were encouraged to abstain from something important during the Lenten season as a spiritual discipline.
Mardi Gras as a festival in America is often associated with Cajun food, complete with Jambalaya and Beignets.
Memory-making meals cross culture lines pretty well, so I’d like to propose that you need be neither Catholic nor Cajun in order to enjoy some good Mardi Gras eats.
But, maybe you already knew that. 😉
Fun fact: I’m a history geek and like to know the reasons behind traditions, particularly the edible ones. Check out the story on pretzels. It’s related to this discussion.
Mardi Gras Recipes to Ensure Les Bons Temps Rouler
If you’d like to serve a special dinner in honor of Mardi Gras, consider one (or more) of these options.
Disclaimer: I am not Cajun, so, no, my recipes aren’t authentically Cajun; I don’t claim otherwise. They are inspired by Cajun cuisine, and they are delicious and easy, and affordable. I hope you’ll give them a try.
Have you got any favorite Mardi Gras recipes?
Originally published February 20, 2012. Updated February 5, 2018.