Big, Easy – Mardi Gras Party

28 Jan

I love me some New Awlins food, so there is NO WAY I miss a chance for a feast every Fat Tuesday. This year more than floats and beads will be taking over the Big Easy. It’s Super Bowl XLVII in the Super Dome! What better way to start your Super Sunday than with the what the city is famous for?! I love planning my football sunday menu around home team specialties. Whether you’re celebrating Mardi Gras or Super Bowl… Here are some quick, easy and fun ways to add some culture to your day…

BEIGNETS

Beignet

Beignet means ‘fried dough’ in French, which is why they are referred to as French Doughnuts by many. They are a little piece of heaven, hot fried dough in a bag of powdered sugar, YE S, PLEASE! They are commonly served at breakfast in many restaurants, but are served all day and all night at Café Du Monde in Jackson Square. You can order online, but if you can’t wait for delivery World Market has them for $3.99.

*If you make the dough the night before, not only will it make your morning easier, it helps the dough fluff up better 🙂

CHICORY COFFEE

Chickory Coffee

Coffee & Chicory… Is amazing. Chicory is the root of the Endive leaf (basically salad) then roasted and ground up. During the Civil War in Louisiana, coffee was running out so they added Chicory to make it last longer and add flavor to watered down Coffee. It is strong and has a really dark roasted flavor, perfect thing to have with your beignets… Or after your Hurricanes 🙂 Buy at World Market for $8.99.

HURRICANES

Hurricane Mix & Glass

Pat O’Brien’s is WORLD FAMOUS (Or at least that’s what the bottle says) for their Hurricane’s… Which, at this age, I can only enjoy one or two… Believe me your body with feel like a Hurricane hit it if you over do it with these bad boys. It’s very easy to make, equal parts Rum to Mix. Again, you can order this online or you can go to your local World Market. Make sure to grab some traditional Hurricane glasses while you’re there too.

SHRIMP PO BOYS

  • 4 Soft Bread Rolls
  • Canola Oil
  • 1 1/2 LBS Large deveined Shrimp
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 TBSP Emeril’s Essence
  • 1 TBSP Flour
  • 1 Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Large Hot House Tomato Thinly Sliced
  • Soft Lettuce (I prefer Butter Lettuce)
  • Tartar Sauce (Trader Joe’s is my favorite)
  • Hot Sauce
  • Spicy Mustard

Using a skillet, heat Canola Oil over medium/high heat. Mix the Emeril’s Essence, Flour and Bread crumbs in a bowl. Dip your Shrimp into egg and then your Bread crumb mixture. Place into skillet and fry for about 5 minutes or until golden perfection. Cut your bread rolls open and place tomato, lettuce and shrimp into each, then let everyone garnish with their choice of Tartar Sauce, Hot Sauce and Spicy Mustard. Quick, easy perfection. You can add a side of Zatarain’s Red Beans & Rice, it can be found at your local grocery store for $1-$2 and cooks in 15 minutes.

Po Boy

KING CAKE

Kings Cake

The King’s cake traditionally was served from the Epiphany until Fat Tuesday (Carnival time). For fun at Mardi Gras the tradition has included the purple, green and yellow colored sprinkles. The reason the King cake is so fun is the baby you bake into it. The baby was supposed to symbolize the Baby Jesus since this is a cake from the Three Kings. Whoever gets the baby in their piece of cake is the ‘King’ or ‘Queen’ for the day. Also, if a woman gets the baby, they are supposed to host next years Mardi Gras party, and bake the next King cake. This box mix isn’t the best cake you’re ever going to eat, it’s really more like a pastry… But it’s fun, and who doesn’t want the chance to be the KING or QUEEN for the day? You can find this at World Market for $7.49.

DECOR

Mask

Beads

Above is a traditional Mardi Gras Mask from New Orleans and my beads below… You can order all kinds of costumes and decorations from Oriental Trading Company for great prices. The Dollar Tree has some fun things too. If you’re incorporating Mardi Gras into your Super Bowl party also, remember to get your beads in your Team’s Colors. For more help planning a Super Bowl Party visit my Super Bowl Extravaganza post.

Here’s Hoping To Be Queen For The Day!

-Mrs. Training

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  1. Super Bowl Extravaganza « mrs. training - January 30, 2013

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