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Notes from the Kitchen: Zatarain's Mardi Gras Food Ideas


For the non-New Orleans native, the traditional foods associated with Mardi Gras can be a bit daunting to prepare. Thankfully, Zatarain's can help!

Since 1889, Zatarain's has been the authority on the fun and flavor of New Orleans. From its humble beginnings producing root beer extract, the company has grown to make more than 200 food products from Rice Dinner Mixes, Frozen Entrees, Pasta Dinner Mixes, Breadings, Seasonings and Spices to Seafood Boils, Creole Mustard and other products based on authentic New Orleans' Style recipes and seafood preparation.

We were able to sample Zatarain's Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice, and Dirty Rice, and were pleased with the results. They all had a great flavor in addition to being simple to prepare. Cajun has been one of the exceptions to dishes I have been able to prepare adeptly, mostly due to the spices, so all four of us were quite happy to find an alternative! We'll definitely be preparing these again.

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Zatarain's also offered some fun ideas for Mardi Gras parties, or even just a fun family night! We'll be enjoying dirty rice and King Cake cupcakes with our kids:

  • Lead the Potluck Parade: Create a potluck-style party and ask everyone to bring their favorite Mardi Gras dishes like Jambalaya Maque Choux, Red Beans & Rice Tortilla Casserole and Mardi Gras Dirty Rice. Make sure to have guests bring copies of their recipes so they can swap secrets with friends and find new favorites. Check out Zatarains on Facebook for recipe ideas.
  • Don't Forget the Kids: Welcome young Mardi Gras revelers to the celebration by inviting them to create their own bead necklaces or use shoe boxes to craft parade floats by adding construction paper, feathers and glitter.
  • Get Your Dancin' Shoes On: New Orleans jazz isn't just for listening, it's also for dancing! Keep lively music playing throughout the gathering from the Zatarain's free online Pandora station. Ask the kids to start a dance contest - the music is so much fun it only takes one person to get the party started and guests of all ages can enjoy showing off their moves. Plus, it will get everyone's appetites ready for dessert!
  • Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Put a tiny twist on the traditional King Cake dessert by making King Cake Cupcakes we shared earlier today. Kids can get in on the decorating fun by adding traditional Mardi Gras colored frosting, sprinkles and candy in purple, green and gold.

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did receive samples to try. 

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