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The Best Mardi Gras Food Ideas

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I’ve gathered some of my favorite traditional Mardi Gras Food Ideas for you and I can’t wait for you to try them! These Mardi Gras recipes are great for Mardi Gras party food, or for easy Mardi Gras Dinner Ideas.

Traditional Mardi Gras Food Ideas and Recipes curated by Pineapple Paper Co.

I LOVE traditional Southern food, and Mardi Gras is the perfect time to try out some new food ideas! From Jambalaya to Crawfish to King Cakes, New Orleans has provided great inspiration for recipes to make this time of year! Whether you’re throwing a Mardi Gras party or you’re just looking for some Easy Mardi Gras Recipes, I think you’ll find one you like!

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I bookmarked some of my favorite recipes from the internet to share with you. All of them will be on our menu sometime over the next couple of weeks, that’s for sure (maybe more than once in the case of the Hurricane!)

Mardi Gras Recipe Ideas

I tried making my own Mardi Gras King Cake several years ago, and it’s one of my family’s FAVORITE Mardi Gras Traditions. It’s easier than you think, it just requires a tiny bit of patience.

Traditional Mardi Gras King Cake Easy Recipe with Cream Cheese by Pineapple Paper Co.

If the idea of waiting for homemade bread dough isn’t appealing to you, try my Mardi Gras King Cake Cupcakes Recipe! You get all of the flavor of a King Cake in a fraction of the time.

Mardi Gras Cupcake with Free Printable Cupcake Topper by Pineapple Paper Co.

Milk Punch is a traditional New Orleans drink, and I’ve got a list of my favorite Milk Punch Recipes that are perfect for Mardi Gras parties! The milk punch below is from Brennan’s, a NOLA restaurant.

New Orleans Beignets are one of my FAVORITE things to eat when we are in The Big Easy. When we don’t have a box of Beignet Mix on hand from Cafe du Monde (and yay! You can buy Cafe du Monde Beignet Mix AND their yummy Coffee on Amazon!), we like this recipe from Taste of Home:

Traditional Mardi Gras Food Ideas and Recipes curated by Pineapple Paper Co.

Mardi Gras Food Ideas

Crawfish Etoufee is a VERY common dish found in NOLA, and I love it! Last year, I picked up a bunch of Crawfish to make it ourselves and this classic recipe is from Southern Living:

Crawfish Etoufee Traditional Mardi Gras Food Ideas and Recipes curated by Pineapple Paper Co.

Not sure if you can handle making Crawfish (or can’t find them locally)? No worries, Southern Living also has a great recipe for a twist on Etoufee: Creole Shrimp and Grits (I am obsessed with Shrimp and Grits, so this is stand-by recipe all year).

Creole Shrimp and Grits Traditional Mardi Gras Food Ideas and Recipes curated by Pineapple Paper Co.

Muffuletta is a traditional New Orleans sandwich that Grits & Pinecones turned into a Hot Muffuletta party dip just for Mardi Gras. It’s such a good idea and is easy to feed a crowd!


I love these SUPER EASY Mardi Gras Cookies from Mom Loves Baking. They would be so fun to make with the kids.

I love NOLA Barbeque Shrimp, and this recipe from Sparkles of Yum is exactly what I crave during Mardi Gras!

And finally, the HURRICANE. This drink originated in New Orleans, and is a MUST HAVE when you’re there (Pat O’Briens is the original home of the Hurricane, supposedly). It’s a great summer drink that we’re totally happy drinking in February. This recipe is from Food Network courtesy of the Neelys:

Hurricane Drink - Traditional Mardi Gras Food Ideas and Recipes curated by Pineapple Paper Co.

I also found a Hurricane Drink mix for you on Amazon – and it’s Pat O’Brien’s!

Pin Mardi Gras Recipe Ideas:

Mardi Gras Recipe Ideas curated by Pineapple Paper Co.

Looking for more Mardi Gras Food Ideas and Party Inspiration? I think you’ll like these posts:

King Cake Recipe

Mardi Gras Milk Punch Recipe Ideas

King Cake Cupcake Recipe

Mardi Gras Printable Cupcake Toppers

Best Places to Get Mail Order King Cakes

Free Mardi Gras Printable Sign

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