Mardi Gras Side Dish Recipes

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Pork Appetizers

Ham and Corn Beignets

Rating: Unrated
These deep fried fritters are amazing! They may sound a little different, but they are remarkably easy to make and will take you way down South. Serve with cayenne butter (melted butter with some cayenne added), or with cayenne aioli (mayonnaise with fresh garlic and cayenne pepper in it). Try garnishing with thinly sliced green onions. Enjoy!
Vegetable Salads

Okra Salad

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This is a fried okra salad with bacon, onion, and tomato in a tangy vinegar dressing.
Corn Side Dishes

Cajun Corn and Bacon Maque Choux

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This is a Cajun recipe I've had forever! I first prepared it when I was in my high school class in Metairie, Louisiana. It's awesome!
Catfish Recipes

Will's Spicy New Orleans Catfish Fries

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Discovered this recipe while I was a consultant to one of the long time landmark New Orleans restaurants 20 years ago. It's still my all-time favorite catfish recipe and I have closely guarded the recipe till now. I hope others will enjoy it as much as I have.
White Bread

Alligator Animal Italian Bread

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This simple Italian bread shaped like an alligator will rock any New Orleans Cajun-style Mardi Gras event. You can easily shape it into any animal you like, as this dough lends itself well to handling and doesn't rise uncontrollably and distort your animal's shape. Make the dough in your bread machine, then shape it, let it rise, brush it with egg wash, and bake. To make other shapes, coloring book animals enlarged and placed underneath parchment paper make great guides!
Creamy Pasta Sauce

Cajun Ponchartrain Sauce

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My take on the Ponchartrain sauce served at a popular seafood restaurant chain in my town. Although I prefer Snapper, it may be ladled over any grilled, blackened, steamed, or pan fried fish. Very elegant and easy! Great idea for a romantic candlelight dinner for two.

Hot Water Cornbread

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This is a very old-fashioned recipe. The cornbread is shaped into little cakes and fried, rather than baked. They are served with maple syrup or honey.
Vegetable Side Dishes

New Orleans Stuffed Artichokes

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Robust, rich New Orleans tradition. A favorite recipe that my southern dad created. This recipe takes some time and love, but is very much worth the effort! Make sure you have your teeth in for this one!
Greens Side Dishes

Kickin' Collard Greens

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If you like greens you will love this recipe. The bacon and onions give them a wonderful flavor. Add more red pepper for a little more spice.
Vegetable Side Dishes

Fried Okra

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A simple Southern classic! Okra is dredged in seasoned cornmeal, then fried until golden.
Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Okra

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As a good Southern gardener, I find myself bringing in okra by the armload nearly every other day. Stewed okra is great, but for a little variety, we like to roast ours from time to time. This is so simple and easy and the okra tends to not be nearly as gummy or slimy when roasted. Chopped tomato makes a great addition when we have some handy.
Greens Side Dishes

Southern as You Can Get Collard Greens

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This is as Southern as you can get.

Inspiration and Ideas

Vicki's Hush Puppies

"This is a keeper recipe for sure! I use White Lily Self-Rising Flour and White Lily Buttermilk Cornbread Mix." – Jo Hertel

Crawfish Cornbread

"A blend between cornbread and casserole; I really liked it!" – Jennifer Baker

Hearty Creole Okra and Tomatoes

Rating: Unrated

A great Southern okra dish that allegedly comes from the heart of Acadiana. This vegetable dish is heavy enough to serve as a main dish and makes one pine for the fiddles and chicory coffee.