“Mardi Gras” or “Fat Tuesday.” Certainly one HUGE holiday in New Orleans. Considered the last big feast and celebration before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Mardi Gras is about food, excitement, parades, food, floats, music, beads, food and fun. Did I mention food? Really great food. New Orleans is a melting pot of incredible cuisines. Though no substitution will equal eating in the Crescent City, here are a few simple ways to bring the Big Easy flavor to your next Mardi Gras party.
Mix together 2 tsp Sweet Heat Spice Blend per ¼ cup each of mayonnaise and sour cream, for a cool and spicy dip.
Give your seafood gumbo that kick of flavor and texture it deserves. Gumbo Filé Powder (approx. 2 tsp per quart) used near the end of cooking, will aid as a thickener and adds earthy and citrus notes to gumbo, soups and stews.
Seafood Blackening Spice Blend adds intense spicy flavor to grilled fish. Rub on fish or sauté in a very hot skillet with butter and then add to fish.
To round out your gathering, serve up Spicy Matcha Margaritas or cool coconut and rum Blue Voodoo Tea Cocktail, and