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Les Bons Temps Roulez! Party Cajun Style

By Megan Myers, February 20, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

When I think of Mardi Gras, my mind immediately goes to parades, beads, masks, and plenty of crawfish. I’ve never visited New Orleans for its grand celebration, but there’s no doubt I’d have a memorable experience.

However, most of us can’t make the trip, so there’s a few things we can do to celebrate at home, with the whole family involved.

  • Grab the right music. Zydeco is popular all over Louisiana, and its upbeat temp will get everyone dancing!
  • Make masks. Everyone loves to get crafty now and then, so why not buy a few empty masks, some glue, bags of feathers, and plenty of glitter and let your party guests go to town!
  • Share a coconut. Coconuts have been a part of Mardi Gras parades since the early 20th century. Instead of handing out whole coconuts, why not bake a batch of Coconut Bread to go with the meal?
  • Make it a pancake party. Many cultures mark Mardi Gras by eating pancakes. Try these Whole Grain Pancakes with Chia and Flaxseeds or check out our other pancake recipes.

And if you want to make your party even more fun, you can capture the essence of les bons temps with these inspiring dishes.

Gluten-Free Muffaletta Party Sandwiches

Gluten-Free Muffaletta Party Sandwiches

Creamed Collard Greens with Kielbasa

Creamed Collard Greens with Kielbasa

Chicken Sausage Jambalaya with Shrimp

Chicken Sausage Jambalaya with Shrimp

Mini Cajun Shrimp Frittatas

Mini Cajun Shrimp Frittatas

Red Beans and Rice Soup

Red Beans and Rice Soup

Pickled Cajun Green Beans and Carrots

Pickled Cajun Green Beans and Carrots

To help you get even more into the Mardi Gras spirit, many of our stores carry king cakes! This delicious traditional yeast cake can be filled with a variety of fillings from chocolate to raspberry jam, and is decorated with the traditional colors of Mardi Gras: green, yellow, and purple.

Do you celebrate Mardi Gras? Share your traditions in the comments!

Category: Food & Recipes

 

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Adrienne Kolb says ...
I'm a NOLA ex-pat living in Chicago now. For any Mardi Gras party you'll need jazz and street march/parade music, in addition to chicken and shrimp jambalaya dishes, creamy potato salad, yummy drinks (alcoholic and non), and King Cake. Don't forget your mask and costume! Donuts were popular during the morning parades and brownies and Mardi Gras petit fours were essential treats throughout the day. Laissez les Bon temps roulez!
02/26/2014 5:46:12 PM CST
Juju says ...
AWESOME thank you! I have already ordered my King Cakes!
02/27/2014 10:20:09 AM CST