Mardi Gras Munchies!

Mardi Gras is a time for colorful costumes, wild partying, and- of course- scrumptious Cajun fare!  In celebration of Fat Tuesday, which is coming up on March 8th, we’ve put together a few of our favorite Mardi Gras recipes for you.  From the traditional sugar-sprinkled king cake baked with a baby inside (yes, a baby!) to flavorful gator meatballs, we’ll get you well on your way to a festive and food-filled holiday.

Here are our top must-make Fat Tuesday recipes!

1. Mardi Gras Gator Meatballs: Yep, these are actually made with alligator meat.  What could be more Cajun than that?  This recipe makes about 13 pounds of meatballs, so you can feed all of Bourbon Street with it!  Don’t have gator on hand?  Try these beef Mardi Gras meatballs, instead.

2. Mardi Gras Madness Punch: While eating is a huge part of this holiday, drinking is even bigger!  If you want to make a tasty punch that will keep the party going all night long, try this one!  All sorts of fruity flavors combine with vodka to make a drink to remember…or forget…

3. King Cake: This is the yummy cake that is pictured above!  A tiny toy baby is baked into the cake, and whoever gets the baby in their piece will be blessed with good luck.  Pretty cool, huh?  It also tastes amazing, with cream cheese filling and colored sugar on top.

4. Shrimp Gumbo: This dish really represents all things New Orleans.  Sausage, chicken, and shrimp join together with an abundance of spices to make an awesomely delicious meal.

5. Avocado-Studded Mardi Gras Fritters with Creole Mustard-Apricot Sauce: The name’s not the only thing that’s a mouthful!  These complicated-sounding fritters are actually as easy as can be.  Fry some up, hand them out, and watch the smiles appear on everyone’s faces.

Do you want to make your Mardi Gras party extra-special?  Beads are the most important thing to have on hand, and you’ll need LOTS of them!  Drape them  from light fixtures, banisters, pictures…anywhere!  Place them on the food platters for a pop of color and hand them out for guests to wear.  You can even wrap them around the stems of wine glasses or goblets.  Give a prize to the guest who can collect the most beads over the course of the evening.

Click here for a fun Mardi Gras party planner!

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