Mardi Gras Recipes

Celebrate Mardi Gras New Orleans style — without leaving your kitchen

Whether or not you have ever been to a Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, you’ve surely heard the tales of wild partying in the streets, outlandish costumes, and the acquisition of those famous beads. Mardi Gras — the name means “Fat Tuesday” — always takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday; this year it falls on March 8. If you are not heading south, you can still plan a humdinger of a Mardi Gras celebration right here. While we don’t recommend parading down Poughkeepsie’s Main Street in scanty attire (at least not until it’s a bit warmer), we do suggest that you pay tribute to N’awlins by preparing some mouthwatering Cajun and creole favorites.

Crawfish EtouffeeCrawfish Étouffée

Duck Shrimp and Andouille GumboDuck, Shrimp & Andouille Gumbo


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