Mardi Gras here, and although most of us aren’t lucky enough touch down in New Orleans and indulge in some of the holiday’s most popular customs, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Fat Tuesday from the comfort of our own homes. Whether you’re celebrating a low-key night with family or are ready to go all out and throw a dinner party, check out these recipes that prove many Mardi Gras dishes aren’t only for the experts to perfect — you can make them, too.
Thanks to an array of dinner, drink, and dessert ideas, Mardi Gras fare appeals to just about anyone. Whip up these recipes and you’ll be sure to earn some beads this year.
We’ll start with the desserts, as these are what many Americans first think of when visions of Mardis Gras and New Orleans dance through their heads. One word: beignets. It’s the deep-fried pastry that New Orleans is known for, and even if you aren’t into the Mardi Gras party scene, these decadent treats are reason enough to make a trip to the city. Deep fried and served piping hot, it’s hard to imagine that something as perfect as beignets can come out of just about anyone’s kitchen — but they can. Libby from Baking With Libby shares her foolproof recipe for traditional beignets, and promises the dish is “very, very, very easy to make.” Don’t believe her? Try it and serve these alongside your other traditional Mardi Gras recipes.
- 1 to 3 cups of vegetable oil for frying
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 egg, well beaten
- ⅔ cup milk
- ⅓ cup or more of powdered sugar
Directions: Heat oil in frying pan on medium-low heat. Sift dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add egg and milk. Stir and mix until batter becomes thick. If it is thin, add more flour until it starts to thicken.
Drop by spoonfuls into the oil, only frying two at a time. Spread the dough out a little in each one so they will cook all the way through. Fry on each side until golden brown. Sprinkle powdered sugar onto each beignet after frying.