Fat Tuesday is the culmination of Mardi Gras, which is celebrated with an all-day party in the city of New Orleans. You can celebrate it yourself with this festive and delicious Fat Tuesday celebration menu.
Jambalaya is a big part of Mardi Gras celebrations as well as Cajun and Creole culture. This easy recipe can be made with chicken thighs or breasts, along with shrimp, either andouille or chorizo sausage, and lots of vegetables.
Along with the gumbo, a fresh salad with oranges helps cool down the fire of the gumbo and complements the textures and flavors. And a simple rice pilaf of course, is the perfect accompaniment to the spicy gumbo. For dessert, a non-traditional but gorgeous cake that has a rich tunnel of fudge running through the center.
Make sure to have plenty of glass bead necklaces and feather masks on hand, and throw a bash before the austerity of Lent. Have a wonderful party with family and friends.
Fat Tuesday Celebration Menu
- Crockpot Crab Spread
This rich and easy recipe is made in your crockpot. Serve it with toasted French bread slices spread with garlic butter and soft breadsticks. Or you can offer red and yellow bell pepper strips, mushrooms, and even sliced apples that have been brushed with lemon juice to prevent browning.
- Crockpot Jambalaya
Jambalaya is a hearty stew made with andouille sausage, chicken, orzo pasta, lots of vegetables including the 'holy trinity' of onion, bell pepper, and celery, and shrimp. It is festive and celebratory and surprisingly easy to make. You can make this recipe as spicy or as mild as you'd like, depending on your tastes. And because it cooks in the slow cooker, it's ready to eat when you're ready. Yum.
- Baked Onion Rice Pilaf
This simple recipe, which bakes in the oven to free up your stove top, is mild and delicious, which helps absorb some of the flavors of the jambalaya.
- Pecan Mandarin Orange Salad
Mandarin oranges, sugared pecans, and some crunchy celery add great interest to a green salad.
- Updated Tunnel of Fudge Cake
This special cake is the perfect end to your festive meal. Make sure you follow the baking and cooling directions carefully, because the cake continues to bake in the pan as it cools. It reminds me of a Chocolate Doberge cake, but it's easier to make. Serve small slices, because it is rich!