As we come to the end of Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday approaches, I thought it would be fitting to post a round-up of a few New Orleans-inspired dishes I’ve made in the the past year.  If you’re not familiar with the significance of Fat Tuesday, it is the day before Ash Wednesday (when Lent starts) and marks the end of the Mardi Gras celebration.  The Lenten season is a time of periodic fasting (many Christians “give up” certain foods, items, or behaviors to signify fasting) and Fat Tuesday is the last big day of eating before the 40 days of Lent.  So if you’re looking for some great dishes for Fat Tuesday…or for any other day…be sure to check out these recipes.

Muffaletta

These meatless muffalettas are on top of our favorite sandwich list and we make them often.  With a number of dominant flavors, they all mesh beautifully, and even if you’re not a fan of olives, I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll love this sandwich!

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Jambalaya

Chicken and shrimp jambalaya is a big favorite around here and I’ve got it on the menu for this week again.  Shredded chicken and juicy shrimp are cooked with spicy rice and you can’t beat this easy weeknight meal.


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Homemade Potato Chips

Cajun-seasoned homemade potato chips are a simple and satisfying side dish or snack and what’s amazing about this recipe is that you “fry” the chips in the microwave.  Yep, a quick trip in the microwave actually yields a crispy potato chip!

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Beignets

You can’t get a more traditional New Orleans food than a beignet.  Fried dough covered with powdered sugar is found in many different cultures but there is something magical about beignets.  These are apple-filled and come with a butter-rum caramel dipping sauce.  Uh…yes please!