Fat Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is the day before Lent. It's marked in many cultures with a celebration and rich foods. It's the start of Mardis Gras.
Mardis Gras is the period leading up to Lent; it's celebrated with parades, luscious foods, and fun in cities such as New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro with parades and fabulous foods. But you don't have to travel to celebrate; you can have your own celebrations through the food you make at home.
Set your table with colorful china or pottery and offer everyone strings of inexpensive beads. Some Creole or Cajun music on your iPod will complete the theme of the evening.
You can mix and match from these recipes to create your own delicious menus. Make the recipes in your slow cooker, or choose a quick stovetop recipe for dinner on a weeknight. Have pancakes one night, then Shrimp or Chicken Scampi the next.
Enjoy these easy recipes and fun menus and let the good times roll!
Mardis Gras and Fat Tuesday Recipes
- Fat Tuesday Celebration Menu
This fabulous menu features all the rich foods traditionally associated with Fat Tuesday, including crab, shrimp, and gumbo. For dessert, a spectacular fudge cake is the perfect finish.
- Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday
Pancakes are traditional for Shrove Tuesday in Europe, especially Great Britain and Eastern Europe. You can serve this menu for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but I like it for dinner. It's comforting and delicious on a cold winter night.
Any of these pancake recipes would be fabulous on Shrove Tuesday. Did you know you're supposed to eat pancakes for every meal on this day? With this collection, you can!
- Mardis Gras Crockpot Dinner
Jambalaya in the crockpot is the perfect food for Mardis Gras. You can make dessert in the crockpot too; Bananas Foster is indulgent and so easy.
- Shrimp Scampi Menu
Shrimp Scampi is ideal for any Mardis Gras celebration. It's very quick to prepare and perfect for entertaining. I love the flavors and textures of this simple recipe.
- Start with Shrimp
Shrimp is a luxurious food, and so connected to New Orleans. In fact, one of the best meals I ever had was at a tiny restaurant in the French Quarter, where I ordered shrimp cocktail for an appetizer and shrimp etouffe for the main course. I only wish they had had a shrimp dessert!