Mardi Gras, or the celebration period before the austerity of Lent begins, technically extends from January through the day before Ash Wednesday. But it is most famously celebrated in the City of New Orleans on that last day, also known as Fat Tuesday. The famous necklaces of glass beans are strung around necks as people feast on traditional recipes of gumbo, jambalaya, and Bananas Foster. Feathered masks add to the festivity, and celebrants are showered with gold doubloons. You can have your own Fat Tuesday celebration with this Mardi Gras crockpot dinner menu. Jambalaya, the star of the meal, is made spicy with andouille sausage and Cajun seasonings, and rich with tender chicken thighs. And Caramel Banana Cream Pie is the ultimate dessert for this celebration!
Mardi Gras Crockpot Dinner Menu
- Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
This isn't a traditional Mardi Gras recipe, but it's so delicious and the perfect start to a festive meal. Make them a few hours ahead of time so all you have to do is pull the platter out of the fridge when you want to eat.
- Crockpot Jambalaya
You can make this dish as mild or as spicy as you like by manipulating the heat of the andouille sausage and how much hot sauce you use.
- Red Beans and Rice Salad
Red Beans and Rice is a traditional Mardi Gras recipe, but why not put a twist on the traditional and serve this flavorful salad on the side? It's a nice contrast to the spicy Jambalaya.
- Crockpot Bananas Foster
Bananas cooked in rum, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon are delicious and tender. Serve over Butter Pecan ice cream for a fabulous and cool end to your celebration dinner.
- Caramel Banana Cream Pie
But if you don't have two crockpots, make this creamy and cool pie instead. It has the flavors of Bananas Foster (minus the rum) and is gorgeous and delicious.