Mardi Gras festivities kick off this weekend in New Orleans, complete with the first parade, picnics and good old-fashioned comfort cooking. While Fat Tuesday isn’t until March 8, we’re starting the celebration a little bit early by rounding up classic Cajun-inspired New Orleans dishes like grilled chicken and smoked sausage jambalaya and bacon bourbon ice cream.
- Seasoned with a Cajun blend, these Andouille Sausage Burgers from Life for Dessert are topped with caramelized onions and spicy mayo for the ultimate Mardi Gras burger.
- Dirty Rice with Chicken from CoffeeCrew Blog is a flavorful mash-up of chicken, hot peppers and creole seasonings.
- The Nibble cooked up Cajun Jambalaya Recipe With Grilled Chicken & Smoked Sausage, dressing up hearty chunks of meat in a spicy Cajun rub.
- A dessert originating in New Orleans in 1951, Bananas Foster was the inspiration for this rich and moist Bananas Foster Bread baked by Fervent Foodie.
- If you’re a meat lover, try Pork & Black Bean Chili from no reEATS — it’s an extra-indulgent bowl of pulled pork with just a hint of whiskey.
- In Blackened Chicken Salad with Creole Vinaigrette from Cajun Delights, a fresh vinaigrette cools off the spicy heat from the chicken for a delicious all-in-one meal.
- Smoky paprika and peppers lend a sweet addition to lumps of crawfish in Soup-A-Palooza-Crawfish Gumbo, a classic Cajun dish from Baking For The Boys.
- What Mardi Gras party would be complete without a kick of bourbon? Try this Maple Bacon Bourbon Ice Cream from Cherry Tea Cakes — a wild combination of both savory and sweet.