Mardi Gras Crockpot Dinner

Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes. Linda Larsen

Mardi Gras, or the celebration period before the austerity of Lent begins, technically extends from January through the day before Ash Wednesday. But it is most famously celebrated in the City of New Orleans on that last day, also known as Fat Tuesday. The famous necklaces of glass beads are strung around necks as people feast on traditional recipes of gumbo, jambalaya, and Bananas Foster. Feathered masks add to the festivity, and celebrants are showered with gold doubloons.

You can have your own Fat Tuesday celebration with this Mardi Gras crockpot dinner menu. Jambalaya, the star of the meal, is made spicy with andouille sausage and Cajun seasonings, and rich with tender chicken thighs. And Caramel Banana Cream Pie is the ultimate dessert for this celebration!

Set your table with colorful pottery and make sure you have lots of bead necklaces on hands for your guests. Put a fancy mask on each place setting to add to the beauty of your table. And choose music such as jazz from famous New Orleans groups.

Enjoy this dinner with family and friends.

Mardi Gras Crockpot Dinner Menu

  • Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
    This isn't a traditional Mardi Gras recipe, but it's so delicious and the perfect start to a festive meal. Make them a few hours ahead of time so all you have to do is pull the platter out of the fridge when you want to eat. These tiny cherry tomatoes are stuffed with a creamy bacon and cheese mixture.
  • Crockpot Jambalaya
    You can make this dish as mild or as spicy as you like by manipulating the heat of the andouille sausage and how much hot sauce you use. But make sure you use the celery, onion, and bell pepper; they are the "holy trinity" of Cajun cooking.
  • Red Beans and Rice Salad
    Red Beans and Rice is a traditional Mardi Gras recipe, but why not put a twist on the traditional and serve this flavorful salad on the side? It's a nice contrast to the spicy Jambalaya.
  • Crockpot Bananas Foster
    Bananas cooked in rum, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon are delicious and tender. Serve over Butter Pecan ice cream for a fabulous and cool end to your celebration dinner.
  • Caramel Banana Cream Pie
    But if you don't have two crockpots, make this creamy and cool pie instead. It has the flavors of Bananas Foster (minus the rum) and is gorgeous and delicious. You could add rum to the whipping cream if you'd like!