15 Festive Mardi Gras Snacks
Whether you're setting up on a parade route or celebrating at home, you need food in your stomach to make the most of your Fat Tuesday festivities — and not just to sop up the alcohol in your Mardi Gras drinks. From Cajun appetizers like fried hushpuppies to cheesy, melty muffuletta dip, these Mardi Gras snacks will give you a taste of New Orleans.
Shrimp are a Louisiana staple, and small, deep-fried Popcorn Shrimp are almost too easy to snack on.
Cajun Crabmeat Au Gratin
"Growing up in Louisiana, we were raised on seafood. This authentic Southern crab dish is a favorite in my family," recipe submitter Dennis Morazan says. Reviewers recommend serving this indulgent Cajun Crabmeat Au Gratin as a dip with crackers or bread.
Even okra naysayers will want to snack on our Fried Okra. Coated with seasoned cornmeal and cooked to golden perfection, it's not slimy like stewed okra.
Cut this massive New Orleans sandwich into four or more servings, and your whole krewe can enjoy it as a snack.
Baked Jalapeno Poppers
Louisiana has a palate for spice. If you don't, never fear. Cream cheese and shredded cheddar turn down the jalapeño heat.
Crunchy on the outside, delicate on the inside, fried balls of seasoned cornmeal hush picky eaters. Parents, you'll want to save this recipe.
Pralines — a Louisiana confection made of nuts, sugar, butter, and often cream — get made over as a snack with the help of graham crackers.
Traditional boudin consists of rice, ground pork, seasoning, and vegetables, stuffed into pork casing. Here, you're making boudin from scratch (no need for casing) and rolling it into balls. Coat 'em in flour before frying them to a crisp.
Cajun Sweet Potato Fries
Louisiana is one of the top sweet potato growers in the United States, so turning them into fries and topping them with hot sauce, paprika, and other spices just seems natural.
Don't let Alligator Fingers intimidate you! This tender, mild meat tastes like chicken and sort of like white fish, too. Battered and fried, it makes an exciting, kid-approved alternative to chicken fingers.
Topped with powdered sugar, these fried pastries provide the perfect morning or afternoon pick-me-up.
"Boulettes is French for 'little balls.' These combine the naturally sweet taste of crawfish tails with the Cajun 'Trinity' of onions, bell peppers, and celery, with an extra kick from the Cajun seasoning," recipe submitter Chef Bayou says. Thank goodness for frozen crawfish tail meat.
Hot Muffuletta Dip
Peppered up with salami, provolone, green olives, and pickled veggies, this hot, cream cheese-based dip recreates the taste of this classic New Orleans sandwich.
Cajun Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Reviewer trustyfedora replaced seafood seasoning with gumbo filé (powder made from ground, dried sassafras leaves) to add Creole flavor to these bite-sized stuffed mushrooms.
Niki's Famous Crawfish Dip
New Orleans native and recipe creator Niki Mouton credits crab boil seasoning for this creamy crawfish dip's top-rated flavor.