There are many traditions associated with the Carnival celebrations such as the many strands of beads shared and worn, many adult beverages, and hopefully a couple of them will be the famous and traditional, Hurricane. If you are really fortunate, you may even be invited by a Krewe to attend a fabulous party! You can also plan on enjoying the finest New Orleans food, served in celebration and with great pride, by the famous New Orleans chefs. There are many foods that you can look forward to trying such as:
It would not be authentic Creole cooking if this world-famous dish was not on the menu. It is the filé powder, Andouille sausage and roux that make the traditional dish a visitor favorite so be on the look out for specials during Carnival.
One of the most traditional of the Mardi Gras favorite foods is this amazing taste sensation. Imagine a layer of provolone chess on top of a layer of salami and ham and then covered in a spread of herbs, veggies and olive oil.
The combination of ham, smoked sausage, red and green peppers and a good bit of chili powder are what give classic Jambalaya it's "kick" and memorable taste. This is an easy recipe to recreate at home, and with some variation, you can create a Jambalaya all your own.
When crawfish are not in season, they are many times substituted with frozen crawfish tails or shrimp. For a truly authentic Cajun experience however, try to find this dish made with freshly caught crawfish. If you like Gumbo, you will love Crawfish Étouffée.
Don't forget to top off a fabulous Mardi Gras feast with a homemade King Cake. If you are really lucky, you will find the baby in your cake and be named "King" at your table.
So, when you come to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras, eat drink and make merry because you may have to give it all up for Lent!