If you're looking for a good excuse to invite some people over and have a good time with music, drinks, friends and roommates, you should check out these recipes!
The recipes encompass the spirit of Mardi Gras and the flavor of New Orleans, trust us, they are worth your time.
Start with a Hurricane
- Ice cubes
- 2 ounces light rum
- 2 ounces dark rum
- 2 ounces passion fruit juice
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 1 tablespoon grenadine
- 1 orange, sliced into wheels, for garnish
Fill the hurricane glasses with ice. Mix the rums, passion fruit juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, and grenadine in an ice filled shaker. Strain into the hurricane glasses. Garnish with a wheel of orange.
Follow up w/ Cajun Seafood Balls
- 1/2 pound cooked, cleaned and peeled shrimp
- 1 (6-ounce) can crabmeat
- 1 (6-ounce) can salmon fish
- 1 (7-ounce) can whole corn kernels, drained
- 1 cup cooked white rice, leftover is fine
- 1 tablespoon Cajun spice mix
- 1/2 cup prepared tartar sauce, plus more for serving
- 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
- 2 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 eggs, beaten, divided
- 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
- Peanut oil, for frying
- Lemon wedges, for serving
Pulse the shrimp in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer the shrimp into a large mixing bowl. Add all the remaining ingredients except 1 of the beaten eggs and the bread crumbs, and fold together gently but thoroughly. Roll the mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls and dip into the beaten egg and then dredge in the bread crumbs. Deep-fry in 350 degree F oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve with lemon wedges and more tartar or remoulade sauce for dipping.
And then, Shrimp & Chicken Etouffee
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 pound andouille sausage, diced
- 3 pounds skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
- Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 4 stalks celery, diced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 tablespoons dry sherry
- Freshly ground black pepper
Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable oil and andouille and cook, stirring, until crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Season the chicken with salt, then add to the pot in batches to brown, 5 minutes per side. Transfer to the plate with the andouille.Make the roux: Remove the pot from the heat and cool slightly (there should be about 1/4 cup drippings; drain or add oil as needed).
Return the pot to medium heat. Sprinkle in the flour and stir, scraping up the browned bits from the pan with a wooden spoon. Continue to cook, stirring, until the mixture smells nutty and turns a deep brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the celery, onion, bell pepper, garlic, cayenne, and salt to taste. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
Whisk in the broth. Return the chicken and andouille to the pot and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate and let cool slightly while the stew simmers; remove the skin and shred the meat. Return the meat to the pot. Stir in the shrimp and sherry and cook until the shrimp turn pink, 2 to 3 more minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.
With a little, Shrimp & Wild Rice Casserole
- 1 (8-ounce) package wild rice
- 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 (10 3/4-ounce can) condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 2 cups grated sharp Cheddar
- Salt and pepper
Cook the rice according to package directions minus 1/4 cup water. Drain and cool.
Bring 2 cups water and 1/2 tablespoon salt to a boil in a medium saucepan and cook the shrimp for 1 minute. Drain immediately and set aside.
Heat the butter in saucepan and saute the pepper and onion until soft, about 5 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the rice, soup, 1 1/2 cups of cheese, shrimp and vegetables. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Mix well. Spray a 9-inch square aluminum cake pan or an 11 by 7-inch glass casserole dish with vegetable spray. Place the mixture in the pan and top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly.
Finish with Classic Sweet Beignets
- Corn oil, for frying, or another oil with high smoke point, such as safflower or peanut
- 3 1/2 cups sifted flour, plus extra for rolling
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar, for serving
Fill a large, heavy-bottomed, wide-mouthed pot halfway with corn oil and heat over a medium-high flame until oil reaches a temperature of 360 degrees F.While the oil is heating, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. In another large bowl whisk together sugar and eggs. Stir canola oil and milk into sugar-egg mixture. Stir dry ingredients into egg mixture until a biscuit-like dough forms.
Lightly flour a work surface and turn out the dough. Sprinkle dough lightly with flour and, using a rolling pin, gently roll the dough out to a thickness of 1/8-inch. Using a sharp knife or dough scraper, cut into 2-inch squares. You will have scraps leftover but do not try to remix these as that will cause tough dough; just fry as are.
Use the dough scraper to lift dough squares off the work surface. Fry the beignets in small batches about 4 minutes, or until golden, turning several times to color evenly. Using a slotted spoon gently remove the beignets and drain thoroughly on paper towels. Place powdered sugar in a sieve and shake over the beignets to cover with powdered sugar and serve immediately.
Or, with Delicious King Cake
For the Cake:
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 2 1/2 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting
- 2 large egg yolks, plus 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for greasing the bowl
For the Filling and Glaze:
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2/3 cup toasted pecans, chopped
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 dry bean or plastic King Cake baby (available at party-supply stores or mardigrasday.com)
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- Purple, green and gold sanding sugar, for decorating
Make the cake: Heat the milk in a saucepan until scalding; transfer to a food processor, add the yeast and pulse to combine. Add 1/2 cup flour and the egg yolks; process to combine. Pour the remaining 2 cups flour evenly over the yeast mixture; do not process. Put the lid on; set aside for 90 minutes.Add the 2 whole eggs, granulated sugar, lemon zest, salt and nutmeg to the food processor; process to make a slightly textured dough, about 1 minute. With the machine running, slowly add the butter to make a smooth, sticky dough. Transfer the dough to a lightly buttered bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap; let rise in a warm place for 3 hours. Turn the dough out onto a clean surface and knead briefly; form into a ball and return to the bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Make the filling:
Plump the raisins in the bourbon in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and add the brown sugar, pecans, vanilla, cinnamon, orange zest, salt and the bean or plastic baby; mix until combined and set aside.On a floured surface, roll the dough into a 20-by-7-inch rectangle, with the long edge facing you. Spoon the filling in an even layer over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border along the top and bottom. Fold the bottom and then the top edge over the filling to make a tight roll; pinch to seal. Transfer the roll seam-side down to a parchment-lined baking sheet; tuck one end into the other to form a ring. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place until the roll doubles in size, about 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the cake until firm and golden brown, about 40 minutes. Cool on a rack.
Make the glaze:
Mix 3 tablespoons water with the confectioners' sugar; brush 3 tablespoons glaze over the cake. Sprinkle with bands of colored sugar; drizzle with more glaze.