Gumbo is a big part of Mardi Gras celebrations as well as Cajun and Creole culture. It starts with a roux, a mixture of flour and fat that is cooked until golden brown. This adds wonderful flavor to the gumbo and helps thicken the dish.
Along with the gumbo, a fresh salad with oranges helps cool down the fire of the gumbo and complements the textures and flavors. And a simple rice pilaf of course, is the perfect accompaniment to the spicy gumbo. For dessert, a non-traditional but gorgeous cake that has a rich tunnel of fudge running through the center.
Make sure to have plenty of glass bead necklaces and feather masks on hand, and throw a bash before the austerity of Lent.
Fat Tuesday Celebration Menu
- Crockpot Crab Spread
This rich and easy recipe is made in your crockpot. Serve it with toasted French bread slices spread with garlic butter and soft breadsticks.
- Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo
Gumbo is a hearty stew made with roux, lots of vegetables including the 'holy trinity' of onion, bell pepper, and celery, and andouille sausage and shrimp. Yum.
- Baked Rice Pilaf
This simple recipe, which bakes in the oven to free up your stove top, is mild and delicious, which helps absorb some of the flavors of the gumbo.
- Pecan Mandarin Orange Salad
Mandarin oranges, sugared pecans, and some crunchy celery add great interest to a green salad.
- Updated Tunnel of Fudge Cake
This special cake is the perfect end to your festive meal. Make sure you follow the baking and cooling directions carefully, because the cake continues to bake in the pan as it cools. It reminds me of a Chocolate Doberge cake, but it's easier to make. Serve small slices, because it is rich!