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It is uncertain as to when the celebration of Mardi Gras first originated. Mardi Gras is celebrated in many of the Southern States in the United States. New Orleans is the most popular spot for Mardi Gras and most know celebration destination. Mardi Gras is the French word for Fat Tuesday. The celebration includes parades, balls, music, and most of all food. You do not have to attend Mardi Gras in order to taste some of the wonderful Cajun dishes that are served. You simply can make them at home and have your own Mardi Gras celebration.

Main Dishes:

CHICKEN FRICASSEE

Ingredients

1 hen, about 4 pounds, cut into serving pieces

Salt and cayenne

2/3 cups vegetable oil

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups chopped onions

1 cup chopped bell peppers

4 to 5 cups warm water or chicken broth

2 bay leaves

1/4 cup chopped parsley

3 tablespoons chopped green onions

Steps

Season the chicken pieces generously with salt and cayenne. Set aside. In a large black iron or stainless steel pot, make a roux by combining the oil and flour over medium heat. Stir constantly for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until it is dark brown. Add the onions and bell peppers. Cook, stirring often, for about five minutes, or until they are soft. Add the chicken pieces and stir to coat well with the roux mixture. Cook for about five minutes. Slowly add the water or broth. Add the bay leaves. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about two hours, or until the chicken is tender. Adjust seasonings. Remove the bay leaves. Add the parsley and green onions and serve immediately. Serves about 8.

Cajun Alligator Etouffee Recipe

2 onions, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 stalks celery, chopped

1 can tomatoes

1 pound alligator meat, cut in thin strips

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

1/2 cup green onions, chopped

1/4 cup parsley, minced

Salt

Cayenne pepper

Black pepper

Sauté onions, garlic and celery in butter until soft. Add tomatoes and simmer for twenty minutes in covered iron pot.

Add alligator meat and let cook over low heat until tender, about 1 hour. If gravy is too thick, add a little hot water. Serve over rice.

Craw Fish Fettuccine I

6 tablespoons butter

1 large onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

3 stalks celery, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 pound peeled craw fish tails

1 (8 ounce) package processed cheese food

1 cup half-and-half cream

2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

1 pound dry fettuccine pasta

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic in butter until onions are tender. Stir in flour, and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in craw fish. Cover, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the processed cheese, half-and-half, Cajun seasonings, and cayenne pepper. Cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish. Stir noodles into craw fish mixture; pour into prepared dish, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Snacks:

Black Bean Salsa

1 can 15 oz. black beans, drained

1-1/2 cups canned corn, drained

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup red onions, diced

1 to 2 jalapenos, diced

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

1/2 cup olive oil

1/3 cup fresh cilantro

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients together. Allow to sit in refrigerator a few hours before serving. Makes a wonderful dish for chips or topping for enchiladas or burritos.

Cajun Crab Crisp

12 English muffins

1/2 cup butter

5 oz Old English cheese (jar)

1-1/2 tsp mayonnaise

1/2 tsp garlic salt

2 tsp Konriko seasoning

1 tsp Tabasco

1-1/2 lb white crab meat

Melt butter and mix all ingredients together and spread on split and quartered English muffins. Bake at 350F in oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until toasted and golden brown.

Craw fish Cornbread Muffins

1 med onion, minced

1/4 lb butter

1 clove garlic, minced

1 lb craw fish tails

8 green onions, minced

One 16 oz Jalapeno Mexican cornbread mix

Salt, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder to taste.

Saute onion in butter until tender. Add garlic, craw fish tails, and seasonings. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Add green onions. Cook for five minutes. Prepare cornbread mix according to the directions on the package. Add craw fish mixture, stir well. Spoon into greased mini muffin tins. Bake at 350F for ten minutes.

Let’s not forget the recipes for when you get thirsty from all that delicious food.

Drinks:

Festivity Punch

5 lb of sugar

3-1/2 qt of water

2 tbs citric acid diluted in 1 pint of water

Four 46 oz cans pineapple juice

Four 46 oz cans orange juice

Two 46 oz cans grapefruit juice

Make a syrup of sugar and 3-1/2 qt of water letting boil about 2 hours. To this add citric acid which has been diluted in 1 pint of water, To this base add pineapple juice, orange juice and grapefruit juice.

Let mixture sit in crock with big piece of ice several hours before serving. Cherries are optional.

Makes One hundred 6 oz glasses

White Wine Sangria

1/2 gallon white wine

5 cups Sprite

1/4 cup simple syrup

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup brandy

1 whole apple, banana, orange, sliced

Mix all ingredients together. Add sliced fruits. Chill and serve.

Happiness is like a virus, you would never come to know when it gets spread and your smile is seen in some one else’s eyes. The event of Mardi Gras is all about spreading that festive smile. While it is considered a special time span of the year down at Cajun Country, you can bring this festivity home quite easily.

Even if you do not reside in New Orleans, celebrating a festival only requires the right spirit. And in case of the Mardi Gras – the right ingredients. Yes, the essence of this celebration is the food, because Cajun cooking is known all across the world and this festival is all about touching the roots, the traditions and getting back some real Cajun cooking.

Now, to indeed spell the feel of Mardi Gras, plan a grand old meal fitting for King Rex. New Orleans city is known for their party moods and that’s where you hit the jackpot. So, now note down the key ingredients – spices and rice.

Actually, people always have a hard time locating the real ingredients required for Cajun recipes. In case you meet a similar kind of problem, remember two key features of this style:

1. Cajun food is very spicy, so has quite many hot sauces in the meal.

2. It consists of a lot of rice.

The reason behind is the same – the social structure in those days. In the olden days when the society was primarily divided in to the main sections like very poor, average and the rich, the riches had the food that the poor ones couldn’t even imagine. Those people used a lot of rice. Rice is indispensable in all sorts of dishes ranging from gumbo to red beans. The other variations depend upon the cost and culture. Creole is considered a rather richer choice.

In order to add some taste to this bland food, the poor in olden days used excess of spices. The modern day restaurants that serve Cajun food often tone down the spices to the colloquial tastes. Yet, till date expect the Cajun dishes to be a bit more heated up than the rest. The Cajun natives naturally then can handle the heat in the food quite well. For this they also have ample quantities of iced tea. The restaurants have iced flowing through the taps to help combat those teensy dishes when they get a bit too hot.

Some known Cajun favorites are listed below:

1. Po boys or Muffalettas

For those who want to go in for some lighter choices the sure names are po boys or muffalettas. Po boys are sandwiches that are some what deceiving in their appearance. These are anyways very filling meals. So as to prepare perfect po boys, one must look out for the perfect bread. Look for it anywhere outside Crescent City. This bread has some unique ‘chewiness’ that is a part of the real flavor of po boy. It cannot be imitated elsewhere. I’ve been all around the country and I’m sure of this fact.

2. French Fries

These continue be a part of the all time favorites for the Cajun countries.

3. Fried Sweet Potatoes

Down south, people like to fry almost everything. The recipe of fried sweet potatoes is pretty different and interesting. Its sweetness counteracts the spices of other Cajun favorites.

4. Chicory Coffee

A perfect finish to the Cajun meal is chicory coffee. In case the local coffee shop does not solve the purpose, try surfing through the website of Café du Monde. Just like its known about spices and rice, it is believed that chicory was blended in coffee and was often used as a replacement for coffee being its cheaper substitute. Though today one could go ahead with real coffee and a mere hint of chicory, chicory is rather unique in flavor. For a large segment of people chicory is synonymous for the city all together.

These recipes can easily be located through internet within a click’ time. So, all the best for planning your Mardi Gras cooking. Whether you are located in the New Orleans or elsewhere!

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I don’t know how this cake got its Mardi Gras name. It is an old recipe I got many years ago from an old childhood friend. I had never been to Mardi Gras and don’t believe she had either, at that time. Fifty years later, I still haven’t been to Mardi Gras and have no idea if she ever has. But if you like butterscotch, you will think our Mardi Gras cake is yummy!

HOOSIER-STYLE MARDI GRAS PARTY CAKE

2/3 cup butterscotch chips
1/4 cup water
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
3 eggs, unbeaten
1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease well and flour two round cake pans. In a small saucepan melt the butterscotch chips in the water. Cool. Sift the flour with the salt, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside.

Add the sugar gradually to the butter in large mixing bowl, creaming well. Add the eggs and beat well. Blend in the melted butterscotch chips. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk, mixing well. Pour into the prepared pans, dividing evenly between the two pans. Lightly tap on countertop to remove any air pockets. Place in the oven and bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for a few minutes then remove to racks to cool.

BUTTERSCOTCH FILLING:

1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup butterscotch chips
1 beaten egg yolk (reserve white for frosting)
2 tbsp butter
1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped pecans

Combine the sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Stir in the evaporated milk, water, butterscotch chips, and egg yolk until blended. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring continually. Remove from the heat and add the butter, coconut and pecans. Place one of the cake layers on the cake plate. Spread the filling to 1/2″ of the edge of the layer. Set the second cake layer over the filling. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the following:

SEAFOAM FROSTING:

2 cups brown sugar
1 cup water
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla

Boil the brown sugar and water until it makes a soft ball when you place a drop in cold water. Beat the egg whites until stiff; stir in the vanilla. Slowly pour the brown sugar mixture into the stiffly beaten egg whites, beating until stiff enough to spread. Frost the top and sides of the cake.

Enjoy!

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