Mardi Gras in New Orleans is one of the world’s biggest parties, known for its colorful parades and floats, jazzy music, and of course, amazing food. Many wear exotic costumes of purple (Justice), green (Faith) and gold (Power) with beads dangling around their necks. Experienced merrymakers bring a large bag to haul away the beads and trinkets caught during the parades.
Mardi Gras Fact: Did you know it is against the law to be on a Mardi Gras parade float without a mask? This encourages all participants to intermingle with strangers, and forced people to smash through class barriers back in the day. This party is for everyone!
As they say in the Big Easy, “laissez les bon temps rouler,” which means “let the good times roll.” And to help you bring some Cajun merriment to your festivities, here are our top ten Mardi Gras-inspired recipes for your Instant Pot.
Quick Party Meatball
By: Chop Secrets
Let’s cheat by using frozen meatballs for this extra quick Instant Pot party appetizer. This go to recipe is a life saver when guests appear at your door or you have forgotten about a friend’s get together. The entire preparation takes 15 minutes!
Wonderfully rich cheese ball is a perfect way to celebrate Mardi Gras. Decorate the cheese ball appetizer with purple grapes, green apple slices, and golden yellow pears as garnish to simulate a traditional New Orleans King Cake.
Be parade-ready with an extra rich creamy coffee for breakfast, or any time during the day. Taking less than 10 minutes to prepare, this sugary sweet caffeine-boost will give you the extra energy to sing, dance, and party ‘til you drop!
This crowd-pleasing Instant Pot Gumbo is a delicious New Orleans dish that’s hearty, satisfying, and bursting with chicken, shrimp, and vegetable flavor. Enjoy this comforting meal served over rice. Worried about finding Okra in your local grocery store? Substitute sliced mushrooms, and you’re good to go.
Celebrate Cajun cuisine’s rustic American cooking traditions by making Jambalaya, a Louisiana delicacy. This creation originates from the French Quarter of New Orleans, made with andouille spiced smoky Cajun sausage, chicken and shrimp. Spanish chorizo or kielbasa sausage are excellent substitutes for andouille in a pinch.
By: Cooking With Your Instant Pot Mini – Heather Schlueter
If you love spice, double the Cayenne pepper for this Cajun main dish. The spices will be enhanced with the addition of the spicy smoked andouille Cajun sausage, but it’ll still be lip-smackingly good if you have to substitute another sausage like chorizo or kielbasa.