Mardi Gras Main Dish Recipes

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Authentic New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

Rating: 4.8 stars
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Just like mom makes. I recommend cooking the day before you want to eat it. It is a time-consuming recipe and the taste gets even better after 24 hours in the refrigerator. For extra spice, add a splash of hot sauce.

Chef John's Shrimp Etouffee

Rating: 4.82 stars
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We're going to use this spicy and delicious New Orleans classic to demonstrate that it is possible to get good results from using waterlogged frozen shrimp, which unfortunately is sometimes the only option. To make them work we've got to use a few tricks. I prefer this with little chunks of browned chicken or pork, actually.

Merwin's Shrimp Gumbo

Rating: 4.55 stars
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This is a recipe for a classic, dark brown, shrimp gumbo in true Louisiana Cajun country fashion. Serve over rice. Browning the chicken pieces in the oil used for the roux adds flavor to the dish. I use the cooked chicken for chicken salad. File is added off the heat to thicken the gumbo. If added while the gumbo is still cooking, it may become stringy and unpleasant. File is ground sassafras leaves. It is available in many supermarkets.

Bourbon Street Rib-Eye Steak

Rating: 4.08 stars
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After eating this style of steak in a restaurant a few times, I worked on making my own marinade. The results are tender and do not have an overbearing bourbon taste. This marinade is very different from the only other one I have seen on this site.

Louisiana Crawfish Etouffee

Rating: 4.49 stars
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Here in Louisiana, there's nothing better than this classic during crawfish season. This recipe is easy and can be substituted with shrimp when crawfish are out of season. Even better when served with hot garlic French bread! Start cooking the rice first since this is a quick and easy dish.

Shrimp and Sweet Corn Maque Choux

Rating: 4.4 stars
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A spicy Southern dish, Shrimp & Sweet Corn Maque Choux is satisfying and ready in under 30 minutes. This is my recreation of the Emeril Lagasse dish we had his restaurant, NOLA, in New Orleans. Fresh vegetables are the key to this recipe, which cook quickly and retain their bright, crisp flavors.
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Cajun Style Meatloaf

Rating: 4.65 stars
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This is meatloaf with some kick! The seasonings really bring out the flavor of the meat.

Mardi Gras Gator Meat Balls

Rating: 4.42 stars
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These excellent meatballs are especially great for those that have easy access to alligator meat.

Shrimp and Grits Louisiana Style

Rating: 4.58 stars
37
Probably the best shrimp and grits recipe I have made! Easy and low ingredient count!

Cajun Style Blackened Snapper

Rating: 4.56 stars
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Fillets of red snapper are coated with a mixture of pepper and herbs, then cooked at high heat until the coating blackens. Spicy and delicious!

Muffuletta Sandwich

Rating: 4.62 stars
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My Italian family loves this recipe! A crusty loaf of Italian bread is cut in half, and layered with olives, and various meats and cheeses.

Creole Crab and Corn Chowder

Rating: 4.21 stars
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Ideally you would make this in the middle of summer with ears of fresh, sweet-as-sugar corn. You can also make a perfectly fine version of this chowder using a premium-quality, extra-sweet, frozen corn.
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Cajun Crawfish and Shrimp Etouffee

Rating: Unrated
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"This recipe is perfect as is. I made it for my husband, who's from southern Mississippi, and he'd never had better etouffee!" – streetmi

Cindy's Jambalaya

Rating: Unrated
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"I made it for Fat Tuesday; my husband and children loved it!" – mommyof3

Creole Chitterlings (Chitlins)

Rating: 4.62 stars
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There are some recipes that are called Southern however, the Creole and Cajun culture in itself cooks different than the rest of the south. I believe this simple recipe does the heritage justice.