Cajun Recipes for Mardi Gras

Bring Cajun cooking to your kitchen with New Orleans classics and new twists on the iconic dishes eaten on and around Mardi Gras.

Gumbo Hand Pies

This ingenious treat marries two Bayou classics: gumbo, of course, and Natchitoches meat pies, one of the official state foods of Louisiana.

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Cajun Shrimp Po' Boys

Panko-crusted, crispy-fried shrimp comes topped with crunchy cabbage and homemade tartar sauce in Kelsey's Cajun-inspired hoagies.

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Bananas Foster Beignets

Bobby takes brunch over the top by bringing together two of New Orleans' most-decadent dishes.

Get the Recipe: Bananas Foster Beignets with Cafe Brulot Creme Anglaise

Louisiana-Style Shrimp

Rachael's hearty spin on New Orleans-style "barbecue" shrimp makes a satisfying main course.

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Andouille-Crusted Black Drum

Use andouille sausage, a Bayou staple, in this flavorful crust for fish, and amp up a simple butter sauce with chopped pecans, also native to Louisiana.

Get the Recipe: Andouille Crusted Black Drum with Sauteed Kale and Pecan Butter Sauce

Charcuterie Sandwich

This is Emeril's take on the muffuletta, a sandwich made famous at Central Grocery in New Orleans' French Quarter.

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Beignets With Quick Homemade Blackberry Jam

Think of beignets, the official state donut of Louisiana, as fancier fried dough. You can't go wrong with Bobby's blackberry jam-topped beauties: They're lightly infused with lemon zest and spiced with nutmeg.

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Beer-Poached Boudin

Boudin, a type of sausage made with pork, rice and onions, is another Louisiana favorite. Emeril poaches it in beer — preferably Abita, a local brew.

Get the Recipe: Beer Poached Boudin with Grain Mustard

Cajun Blackened Steak

Roger Mooking gives T-bone steaks the Everyday Exotic treatment by coating them with Cajun spice.

Get the Recipe: Cajun Blackened Steak with Sugar Snap Peas

Emeril's Crab Boil

All you'll need are five ingredients and 40 minutes to make Emeril's Creole crab boil.

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Spicy Cajun Skewers With Spicy Buffalo Dipping Sauce

Andouille sausage, tiger shrimp, red potatoes, hush puppies and okra are slipped onto skewers, covered in Cajun marinade and served alongside homemade spicy Buffalo sauce.

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Potato Gumbo

Roger Mooking uses the classic flavors of Louisiana gumbo in this filling soup. Potatoes act as a thickener in place of the traditional roux.

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New Style New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp

In New Orleans, "barbecue shrimp" isn't actually barbecued. Emeril follows tradition and sautes the shrimp with lots of Worcestershire sauce, but he adds his own kick by tossing the shrimp with Creole-seasoned homemade croutons.

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Dooky Chase's Shrimp Gumbo

Filled to the brim with delicious gulf fare like white shrimp and oysters, this Southern stew doesn't stop at seafood; it's also packed with Creole hot sausage, smoked ham and cubed beef.

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Everything Gumbo

Rachael's gumbo is aptly named: It's packed with shrimp, chicken, andouille sausage, and lots of veggies and spices.

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Lump Blue Crab Salad

Tarragon, chives, lemon juice and homemade mayonnaise help give Emeril's crab salad a refreshing balance of flavors.

Beef and Andouille Chili

Once you try food blogger Nealy Dozier's hearty chili recipe — filled with chunks of slow-braised beef, speckles of spicy andouille sausage for a little Southern kick and a medley of different beans — you may never want another.

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Seared Shrimp Salad With Warm Andouille Dressing

Emeril's New Orleans-inspired salad comes topped with homemade croutons, Creole seasoning and generous amounts of spicy andouille sausage.

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Fried Haddock Po' Boy

"Po' boy" is the New Orleans term for a sub sandwich. Chuck fills his with crispy fried haddock and a tangy tartar sauce that's a cousin of Louisiana's remoulade sauce.

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Crawfish Jalapeno Cheese Cornbread Topped With Crawfish Etouffee

Spicy cornbread, speckled with bits of buttery crawfish tail, is topped with a buttery cumin-dusted crawfish sauce.

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Fried Catfish topped With Crawfish Au Gratin Sauce

Cornmeal-coated, Creole-seasoned catfish is fried until golden brown and topped with a creamy Bayou-inspired crawfish sauce.

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Portabella Crab Rockefeller

Chopped spinach, rich cream sauce and crab are all nestled into a meaty portabella mushroom and topped with melted mozzarella.

Get the Recipe: Portobello Crab Rockefeller

Catfish Po' Boys With Chow-Chow

Emeril's fried fish po' boys get an extra kick from green tomato chow-chow and his "Bayou Blast" seasoning.