Friday, January 29, 2010

Best of the Best Mardi Gras Brunch and Party Foods Menu Ideas

Best of the Best Mardi Gras Brunch and Party Foods Menu Ideas all from Deep South Dish blog. Milk Punch, Grillades & Grits, Eggs in Purgatory, Homemade Pistolettes, Hot Crab Bread, Crab Martinis, Cajun Potato Salad, Shrimp & Bow Tie Pasta Salad, New Orleans BBQ Shrimp, Crabcakes, Muffulettas, Hot Roast Beef Po’boys, Boulettes, Natchitoches Meat Pies, Maque Choux, Crawfish Monica, Courtbouillon, Crawfish Rice Dressing, Jambalaya, Seafood & Eggplant Dressing, Cabbage au Gratin, Creole Bread Pudding, King Cake & Pralines to name a few!

Here are a few ideas of my favorite Mardi Gras appropriate recipes for your pre-parade brunch, or Mardi Gras celebration this year. Bear with me as I update my links with newer recipes.

There are a lot of other party foods that will work if you don't like these mostly Cajun/Creole types of foods. Just browse though my Appetizers and other Party Foods, or maybe you want Wings, or Ribs, or other cookout types of foods (don't worry many are grill optional) or just some good ole Southern Classics. Have a peek at that Label Cloud over there in the left hand sidebar if you prefer a different slant, or just browse through my Online Cookbook for some more ideas.

If you're a newbie as far as Mardi Gras goes, decorate in the colors of Mardi Gras for your party - Purple, Green and Gold. Play Mardi Gras music. Ask your guests to dress in Mardi Gras costumes, get a fun Mardi Gras wig, wear a costume with a feather boa, or hand out inexpensive Mardi Gras masks and beads as favors when they arrive. Use lots and lots of feathers and plumes in your decor, toss beads around on tables along with doubloons. Learn a little more about Mardi Gras right here and here, then use your imagination and just have fun!



Mardi Gras Menu Ideas for Brunch and Parties

From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish



Beverages and Cocktails

Non-Alcoholic Party Punch
Vodka Slush
Mardi Gras Milk Punch
Perfect Mojito
Sazerac



Pat O'Brien Hurricane
Cranberry Pomegranate Sangria
Mimosa
Bellini
Classic Bloody Mary
Southern Iced Tea
Southern Fruit Iced Tea



Brunch

French Market Beignet Doughnuts
New Orleans Style Cafe au Lait
Oeufs Poches
Birds in a Nest
Creamy Scrambled Eggs with Herbs
Garlic Cheese Grits
Shrimp Remoulade
Grillades and Grits
Gulf Coast Shrimp and Grits
Eggs in Purgatory
Baked Garlic Cheese Grits with Sausage
Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes
Pain Perdu - Custardy French Toast
Egg, Biscuit and Sausage Gravy Breakfast Casserole
Overnight Baked French Toast Casserole
Speedy Breakfast Casserole
Crabmeat Quiche
Southern Skillet Fried Potatoes




Breads and Rolls

Southern Skillet Cornbread
Corn Spoon Bread
Parmesan Garlic Toast
Pistolette Rolls
Sour Cream Biscuits
Cheesy Garlic Bread
Garlic Cheese Biscuits
Hot Crab Bread
Seafood Bread with Crab and Shrimp
Sausage and Cheese Bread
Stuffed Pizza Bites



Appetizers and Snacks

Crunch and Munch Caramel Nut Popcorn
Candied Nuts
Angels and Devils on Horseback
Crab or Shrimp Martini (contains vodka)
Spicy Cheese Bites
Hot Crab Dip
Jalapeno Chicken Poppers
Cheese Straws
Shrimp Dip
Picante Shrimp Dip




Salads

Cornbread Salad
7-Layer Salad
Fire and Ice Salad
Spicy Sweet & Sour Cucumber Salad
Fresh Corn Salad
Shrimp and Salad




Potato and Pasta Salads

Creamy Gumbo Potato Salad
Cajun Potato Salad
Southern Potato Salad
Cold Baked Potato Salad
Creamy Pesto Potato Salad
Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Shrimp and Bow Tie Pasta Salad
Tri-Color Rotini Pasta Salad with Shrimp & Italian Dressing
Creamy Pasta Salad




Seafood

New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp
Sriracha Spicy Baked Jumbo Shrimp
Cajun Grilled Shrimp Skewers
Batter Fried Shrimp
Southern Fried Catfish
Stuffed Crab
Pan Fried Crabcakes
Deep Fried Oysters
Crab Stuffed Shrimp
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Seafood Stuffed Miriltons
Shrimp Stuffed Pistolettes
Shrimp and Brown Gravy with Homemade Mashed Potatoes


Sliders and Mini Sandwiches

Muffuletta Sandwiches
Creole Meatball Po'boys
Mini Hot Roast Beef Party Po'boys
BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders
Carolina BBQ Pork Sliders
Roast Beef Sliders w/Caramelized Onion
Homemade "Krystals" Beef Sliders




Soups, Stews, Chili, Beans and Gumbo

Taco Soup
Spicy Cajun Sausage and Corn Soup
Shortcut Red Beans and Rice
Chicken and Andouille Gumbo
Shrimp and Okra Gumbo
Seafood and Okra Gumbo with Shrimp, Crab and Oysters
Cajun Cabbage Stew
BBQ Pork Brunswick Stew
Skillet Chili Mac
No Bean Chili
Chili with Beans
Texas Style Chili




Chicken, Beef and Pork

Cajun Pastalaya
Cajun Beef and Pork Boulettes with Brown Sauce
Spaghetti Daube in Creole Gravy
Beef, Andouille Sausage and Mushroom Lasagna
Cajun Chicken Maque Choux
Picnic Oven Fried Chicken
Southern Fried Chicken
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Natchitoches Meat Pies



More Seafood

Crawfish Monica
Crawfish Etouffee
Super Easy Shortcut Crawfish or Shrimp Etoufee
Shrimp Sauce Piquant
Courtbouillon
Shrimp Creole



Rice Dishes

Cajun Dirty Rice
Cajun Rice Dressing
Crawfish Rice Dressing
Pork and Sausage Jambalaya
Oven Baked Cajun Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Oven Baked Creole Jambalaya with Chicken, Smoked Sausage & Shrimp
Black-eyed Pea Jambalaya with Sausage




More Seafood

Cajun Shrimp Pilaf
Seafood and Eggplant Dressing
Eggplant Josephine
Crabmeat Au Gratin
Shrimp Casserole
Crawfish Velvetta Fettuccini



Sides
Cajun Cabbage Au Gratin Casserole
Cabbage Patch Casserole
Scalloped or Au Gratin Potatoes
Hash Brown Casserole
Southern Creamed Style Corn
Southern Style Potato Salad
Broccoli Cheese Casserole




Desserts

Moon Pie Banana Pudding
Sour Cream Coffeecake with Pecan Praline Filling
New Orleans Style Creole Bread Pudding with Meringue
Old Fashioned Bread Pudding
Winter Peach Cobbler
Mardi Gras King Cake with Pecan Praline Filling
Southern Pralines (great take home favors!)
More Desserts

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