Make It All Delicious: Fun Food & Menu Ideas for Holidays, Parties, Events and Everyday Meals
In New Orleans, Mardi Gras is celebrated with revelers in costume and elaborate parades. In the Cajun countryside, it’s celebrated with the “Courir de Mardi Gras,” maskers riding horseback from house to house in search of ingredients for a communal gumbo. Whatever the tradition, it always includes good food and good times. So cook up a few Cajun and Creole favorites, invite friends over and create your own Mardi Gras tradition. Start by checking out our classic Mardi Gras recipes! Whatever you choose to serve, TABASCO® Sauce adds that special something. Gumbo, jambalaya, seafood boils, Bloody Marys and red beans & rice just don’t taste the same without it.
No two gumbos are alike and each is as good as the cook who prepares it. You start with roux, which is a combination of oil and flour, cooked slowly and stirred constantly until it turns darkish brown (see Eula Mae’s roux recipe for more details). Then, add broth, onion, garlic, okra, shrimp, sausage, chicken – sometimes, whatever you might have on hand. Gumbo is often served with cooked rice and seasoned with TABASCO® Sauce.
Jambalaya is a South Louisiana favorite. Often quite hearty – thanks to the seafood, sausage and chicken that are often used, combined with rice, vegetables and other ingredients – jambalaya can be a snack or a full meal. TABASCO® Sauce is perfect for seasoning jambalaya – both while it’s made and after it’s served.