Celebrating Mardi Gras should be fun. So if traveling to New Orleans is not in your budget, make a Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday (as it's also referred to) right in your own home. Start out by making one of these three dishes, or all of them. Tried and tested and family approved right here in this house, they scream New Orleans. Add some more ambiance to the night by playing some great jazz music in the background. At the end of this post is a collection I picked up on You Tube for you. So be sure and book mark this post and when you feel like rocking out a Mardi Gras celebration you have the recipes and the music for a fun stay-cation experience.
This recipe for Shrimp Jambalaya that was originally created in 2011 has been revamped. Follow the link for this tasty Cajun style meal. The first person to inspire me to create Cajun and deep south dishes was actually Chef Emeril Lagasse. Watching him in the very early days on the Food Network made me hungry to try recipes from different cultures.
Another favorite dish in the deep south is gumbo. This dish is a food of love dish as it requires making a roux and a good roux takes time. But oh is it worth it. My Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo has tons of flavor between the trinity and the spices and the flavors from the shrimp and the sausage.
Can't afford to travel to New Orleans - get some food love going on in your kitchen and make your family a Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich. With this recipe and the simplicity with which you can plate it gives you the feeling you are in the heart of the city.