Celebrate Mardi Gras, NOLA Style
Mardi Gras is just a few days away – break out the purple, green and gold! It’s time to toss beads, dance in the streets and dig into our favorite New Orleans-inspired treats.
Cheers to you if you’re lucky enough to be in NOLA this time of year! For the rest of us, we’ll be joining in on all the fun, but staying a bit closer to home. Just reference our photos and follow our tips below for setting the scene for your own Mardi Gras celebration.
Created in 1906 by a Sicilian grocery store owner, the Muffaletta sandwich contains Italian salami, olive salad, cheese, Italian ham, and freshly minced garlic, housed in a large round loaf of bread. Keep in mind, a true Muffaletta is never toasted and is traditionally served at room temperature.
Like chili is to Texas, gumbo is to Louisiana. Ingredients may vary from one chef to another, but it’s a cherished staple. Today, the most popular variations are seafood gumbo and chicken and sausage gumbo.
For a party, we suggest serving your favorite gumbo (homemade or purchased) in smaller cups instead of big bowls.
Finish the meal with the classic Mardi Gras cake, King Cake. Our favorite recipe is from New Orleans native John Besh. The tradition of serving King Cake stems from Kings Day, another name for the Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated on January 6. In New Orleans, you’ll typically find a porcelain or plastic baby figurine in the cake, there to represent baby Jesus. The lucky person who is served the piece of cake containing the baby must bring a King Cake to the next party.
Cheers and bon Mardi Gras!