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41 Classic Mardi Gras Recipes To Celebrate 

The word Mardi Gras is the French way of referring to Fat Tuesday, and traditionally it is the festive time to enjoy the rich foods, drinks, and desserts, before the beginning of Lent. As it is obviously not possible to travel to New Orleans for the Carnival celebration, here are 40+ amazing Mardi Gras food recipes that will definitely make you feel like you are in the French Quarter.

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41 Amazing Mardi Gras Recipes You Must Try

This collection of Mardi Gras food recipes has something to please everyone, from New Orleans classics like Jambalaya and the muffuletta sandwich to the ultimate Mardi Gras dessert-King cake. The recipes are generally decorated with traditional Mardi Gras colors: purple (represents justice), green (represents faith), and gold (represents power).

It is no wonder that kids enjoy these recipes because they are appealing to the eye and full of fun. From the mask to the beads and the mardi gras colors, all are adored by kids. Now, let’s quickly get to these beautiful and delicious recipes without further ado. 

1. Mardi Gras Cupcakes French Vanilla Butter Rum

Image and recipe by tidymom

Prep time: 30 min 

Cook time: 20 min 

Servings: 24 

No. of Ingredients: 20 

These beautiful colored Mardi Gras Cupcakes flavored with french vanilla and buttered rum are perfect for Mardi Gras to celebrate Fat Tuesday! The best part about these cupcakes is that They are very delicious even without the frosting. So, if you fear that you might mess up with the food color and the colorful frosting, you can just skip that step!

2. Mardi Gras King Cake

Image and recipe by backtothecuttingboard

Prep time: 3 hour 

Cook time: 25 min

Servings: 1 very large or 2 smaller king cakes

No. of Ingredients: 20 

This dessert is actually the king of all the Mardi gras food items. Though it’s not named bcoz of that reason but Mardi gras isn’t complete without this colorful king cake packed with either fruit fillings or decadent cream cheeses. It adds the ultimate touch to the carnival celebration. 

The name “king cake” comes from the Biblical story of the three kings who bring gifts to Baby Jesus. This cake which is a blend of coffee cake and cinnamon roll is usually iced in the traditional (yellow, green, and purple) Mardi Gras colors.

3. Mardi Gras Jello Shots

Image and recipe by hoosierhomemade

Prep time: 10 min 

Servings: 15

No. of Ingredients: 7 

Jello Shots are packed with layers of jello, topped with Cool Whip and sprinkled with (obviously) the traditional Mardi gras colors. You can use confetti sprinkles, they are a little larger, and you’ll adore their cute look on the jello shots! These Mardi Gras Jello Shots are as fun to make as they are to eat. Besides being family-friendly, they can also be served with alcohol to host an adult party for Mardi Gras.  

4. Mardi Gras Cupcakes

Image and recipe by hoosierhomemade

Prep time: 5 min 

Cook time: 15 min 

Servings: 18-24 

No. of Ingredients: 8

These Mardi Gras Cupcakes perfectly showcase the three colors of New Orleans – purple, green and yellow, and they are real hit when topped with a luscious whipped cream frosting.

It’s quite easy to put them together and they are truly impressive too. They are really fun to create and hence are immensely adored and enjoyed by kids! 

5. Muffuletta Dip for Mardi Gras

Image and recipe by homeiswheretheboatis

Prep time: 10 

Chill time: 1 hour

Servings: 4 cups 

No. of Ingredients: 10 

Muffuletta Dip, inspired by the quintessential New Orleans sandwich of cured meats, cheese, and tangy olive salad, is a quick appetizer to celebrate Mardi Gras! It can be prepared in very less time; it comes together in 10 minutes, with a minimum of 1-hour chilling time up to 24 hours, thus rendering the flavors to meld completely.

6. King Cake Mini Parfaits for Mardi Gras

Image and recipe by homeiswheretheboatis

Servings: 4 cups 

No. of Ingredients: 6

These King Cake Mini Parfaits are just perfect to add the ultimate fun to the tradition of King Cake. Instead of cinnamon-flavored cake, these parfaits have a yellow cake layered with a cinnamon buttercream frosting decorated in Mardi Gras colors. Serve your dessert parfait in 2.5-ounce tasting glasses or any size you like. The choice is obviously yours!  

7. Mardi Gras Mini King Cake Biscuits

Image and recipe by 4theloveoffoodblog

Cook time: 14 min 

Servings: 8 biscuits 

No. of Ingredients: 2

These biscuits that resemble mini king cakes look so spectacular and kids love to bake them. If you want to make a fast and easy Mardi gras dessert that could also be used as a snack, then go create these fun Mini King Cake Biscuits using Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and Trix cereal.  

8. Mardi Gras Chicken Fingers

Image and recipe by blog.memeinge

Prep time: 15 min 

Cook time: 20 min 

Servings: 4

No. of Ingredients: 6 

Mardi Gras Chicken Fingers are breaded in Potato Chips Mardi Gras Cajun Crawtators flavor. If you don’t have those at your pantry or in a nearby store, then you can obviously use a simple potato chip. These are absolutely tasty and a great way to celebrate the Mardi gras festival. Though they are not a healthy treat, but it’s ok to enjoy “fun foods” every now and then.

9. Mardi Gras King Cake Chia Pudding

Image and recipe by cultured.guru

Prep time: 10 min 

Servings: 3

No. of Ingredients: 13 

I would start by letting you know that this recipe will set you in the perfect Mardi Gras cheesecake vibes. This is because The way the cream layer in this pudding is made is very similar to the layer in a vegan cheesecake. So, Enjoy this lightly sweet, nutritious Mardi Gras king cake chia pudding for a snack or dessert. Additionally, it also has the advantage of being gluten-free and vegan.

10. Cajun Chicken with Mardi Gras Salsa

Image and recipe by iowagirleats

Servings: 4

No. of Ingredients: 8

Cajun Chicken with Mardi Gras Salsa is a perfect feast for the eyes and the tastebuds! And it’s one of the best chicken dinner recipes you would have ever tried. You can serve the chicken and salsa with spicy Sweet Potato Fries. A small sweet potato is sliced into fries, tossed with extra virgin olive oil, and roasted on a foil-lined baking sheet with Cajun seasoning. Spicy and sweet, they are the perfect accompaniment. 

11. Mardi Gras Sweet Salty Bark

Image and recipe by cookingonthefrontburners

Prep time: 10 min 

Additional time: 30 min 

Servings: 24 

No. of Ingredients: 8

It has salty pretzels chocolates all nestled in white melted bark and obviously topped with sprinkles! This sweet and salty bark is a great snack. The fritters are the size of donut holes and are flavored with grated lemon peel and anise. Using a tablespoon, the doughy batter is dropped into hot oil, and once the pancakes are cooked, warm honey is drizzled over them.

12. Mardi Gras Snack Mix

Image and recipe by pudgefactor

Prep time: 5 min 

Cook time: 3 min 

Servings: 20 

No. of Ingredients: 10 

Mardi Gras Snack Mix is salty and sweet, and coated in white chocolate. It takes just a few minutes to put together and is the perfect snack to munch on for morning, noon and night. The main ingredients for this Mardi Gras treat are Rice Chex, Cheerios, Pretzels, Bugles, salted mixed nuts, Mardi Gras colored M&M’s, and white chocolate chips. Besides, you can obviously include other ingredients that you like! 

13. Mardi Gras Jambalaya Party Bar

Image and recipe by foodfanatic

Prep time: 5 min 

Cook time: 30 min 

Servings: 5

No. of Ingredients: 9 

The options for combining a jambalaya buffet are endless. Any type of meat will work in Jambalaya – leftovers are excellent, as are chicken or Andouille sausages. This recipe is great for roasting vegetables, cubing cornbread, or heating up canned beans. The possibilities are endless, and it can be customized to fit whatever you have in your pantry. Make your own bowl of Jambalaya with whatever you want in it!

14. Mardi Gras Macarons

Image and recipe by piesandtacos

Prep time: 2 hours 

Cook time: 40 min 

Servings: 20 

No. of Ingredients: 11 

These festive Mardi Gras Macarons are flavored with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting. The shells are purple, green, and yellow, and you’ll be glad to know that all the colors can be made from just one batch of macarons! Make your macarons festive, vibrant, and colorful by decorating a few of the shells with sprinkles. 

15. Mardi Gras Trifle

Image and recipe by cookcraftlove

Prep time: 10 min 

Cook time: 20 min 

Servings: 12 

No. of Ingredients: 9

These vibrant trifles are easy, and you can even get creative with the filling; you can use Buttercream, whipped cream, mascarpone frosting, white chocolate ganache. Whatever lights your little heart right up! Whatever you decide and choose, they are gonna be a super hit.

16. MARDI GRAS MEAL—NEW ORLEANS STYLE SHRIMP WITH GRILLED SOURDOUGH

Image and recipe by tonjastable

Prep time: 5 min 

No. of Ingredients: 12 

This quick New Orleans cuisine is full of flavor, heat, and seafood. This is because they have quite many cultural influences—France, Spain, Haiti, Germany, Italy, and the deep south. The cute little shrimps in this food swim in a buttery, spicy, smokey sauce. Filled up with a lot of sauce, It is insanely delicious. And the best part is you can obviously douse some good crusty bread with the leftover sauce. 

17. Mardi Gras Jambalaya Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Image and recipe by fearlessdining

Prep time: 10 min 

Cook time: 40 min 

Servings: 4 

No. of Ingredients: 12 

Jambalaya is a very popular cuisine of mardi gras. The spicy gluten-free Jambalaya is a tasty dish for other celebrations too! People prefer to serve it in many different ways, and it indeed has many forms. And while using rice in Jambalaya is the classic way to make Jambalaya, this recipe is made without rice so that it can be stuffed into baked potatoes.

18. Mardi Gras Pretzels

Image and recipe by catholicicing

These pretzels are easy and sure to impress at your party. Kids love them for their easy preparation, colorful look, and cute shape. Traditionally Pretzels are a Lenten food, but not when they’re covered in chocolate and powdered sugar. Additionally, you can also use these pretzels for a Mardi Gras party mix!

19. Mardi Gras Puppy Chow

Image and recipe by threeolivesbranch

Prep time: 20 min 

Servings: 6

No. of Ingredients: 5 

Mardi Gras Puppy Chow is a Vegetarian and gluten-free dessert recipe to celebrate! This recipe is prepared by covering Rice Chex mix is in purple, green, and gold candy melts and then providing them the desired shape. These muddy buddies flavored in many different flavors are sure to evoke your childhood memories. This Mardi Gras Puppy Chow is perfect for a Mardi Gras party representing the colors of the holiday.  

20. Mardi Gras King Cake Cinnamon Rolls

Image and recipe by threeolivesbranch

Prep time: 2 min 

Cook time: 30 min 

Servings: 12 rolls 

No. of Ingredients: 19 

These Mardi Gras King Cake Cinnamon Rolls are a fun, festive way to enjoy Mardi Gras! Cinnamon, praline, and cream cheese are three of the most popular and common fillings for a King Cake. And since these ro[ls are inspired by the mardy Gras king cake, you’ll feel absolutely excited to find those king cake vibes in these King Cake Cinnamon Rolls!

21. MARDI GRAS CAKE

Image and recipe by bethcakes

Cook time: 12 min 

Servings: four 6 inch cake layers 

No. of Ingredients: 10 

This interestingly beautiful cake is inspired by Mardi Gras beads; the inside of the cake is a beautiful combination of the Mardi gras colours. It looks a little bit like Mardi Gras-themed camouflage. So, the classic Mardi Gras colors and the sprinkles are what contribute to it’s inside as well as outside decoration. 

Tip – Adding vivid colors inside may look pretty, but be careful that they do not mix together or turn brown.

22. Mardi Gras Masquerade Sugar Cookies

Image and recipe by bakelovegive

Servings: 36 cookies 

No. of Ingredients: 8 

These Mardi Gras Masquerade Sugar Cookies are a festive recipe that can be thrown for their preparation and get-together in almost no time. Bright sanding sugar on these cookies provides them a beautiful look as well as a super tasty sweet crunch. You can finish it off with a few edible gold sugar pearls to give it the Mardi Gras touch.

The masks look just gorgeous when dropped in a cellophane treat sack and tied with metallic ribbon – just perfect for spreading Carnival cheer!!

23. Mardi Gras Milk Punch

Image and recipe by thekitchn

Servings: 6-8 

No. of Ingredients: 6 

This milk punch is the perfect way to start off your meal — not too sweet, not too boozy. It’s quite easy to put together this cuisine with a simple recipe. Place milk, cream, bourbon, sugar, and vanilla in a blender. Add a handful of ice cubes. Blend until frothy and chilled. Serve with a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

Serve with cinnamon-cream cheese bars, a savory breakfast casserole, and homemade king cake to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth!

24. Mardi Gras Munchies

Image and recipe by stockpilingmoms

Prep time: 5 min 

Cook time: 3 min 

Servings: 50 pieces 

No. of Ingredients: 3 

Munching on These Mardi Gras Munchies is just perfect! Make these scrumptious sweet and salty dessert snacks for your mardi gras celebration. Quite easy to make, they are sure to be a hit! Just heat your oven, place your pretzels on a baking sheet and put a Rolo on top of each one. 

25. MARDI GRAS CHOCOLATE-DIPPED COOKIES

Image and recipe by whiskynsunshine

No. of Ingredients: 6

Oreo Double Stuff Sandwich Cookie, solid shortening, lavender chocolate melts, vibrant green chocolate melts, gold sugar sprinkles, and cookie/candy molds are the main ingredients of this recipe. And as soon as the cookies are baked, Sprinkle each cookie with gold sugar sprinkles.

26. Mardi Gras Ice Ring Using King Cake Soda

Image and recipe by premeditatedleftovers

Prep time: 3 hours

Servings: 1

No. of Ingredients: 8 

One of a kind and truly festive, the Mardi Gras Ice Ring will look absolutely gorgeous and delicious in your punch bowl. And the best