Since Mardi Gras is around the corner I wanted to share 10 awesome Mardi Gras recipes starting with my Healthier Hurricane recipe. Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday” is next Tuesday, February 12th. My kids always want me to purchase a King Cake this time of year. I am thrilled to find this Traditional King Cake recipe below as well as some other Cajun and New Orleans favorites. I have actually never been to Mardi Gras, but I love New Orleans and the excitement that Mardi Gras brings to the city. I will be celebrating at home by trying a few of these 10 creations.
Mardi Gras 2011 is this Tuesday, March 8. Mardi Gras, “Fat Tuesday”, is the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The Hurricane is a fruit-colored relative of the “daiquiri”, and it’s credited to New Orleans tavern owner Pat O’Brien. In the 1940s, he created the fruity concoction and served it in hurricane-lamp-shaped glasses to give away to sailors. The drink caught on, and it has been a mainstay in the French Quarter in New Orleans ever since. My version of the Healthy Hurricane is filled with fresh fruit juices, making it perfect for kids to enjoy. If you want an alcoholic version, see the note about how much rum to add.