King Cake and Mardi Gras Traditions

History says that King Cake and Mardi Gras traditions date back many years ago when pagan celebrations were organized to commemorate the arrival of Spring and the fertility season. These celebrations started in ancient Rome and when the Christianism was adopted the religious leaders incorporated this celebration as part of the beginning of the lent season. Mardi gras is also known as “Fat Tuesday” this is the day when we indulge in treats, meat and all favorite dishes before the abstinence period observed during lent for Catholics and Christians. New Orleans is the home of the Mardi Gras where a big celebration happens with the organization of a colorful carnival which is believed was started in the year of 1699 and brought to America by the French. Since Mardi Gras is a celebration for feasting on great food decided to compile few favorite recipes, some of my own, one from Southern Living and others more from my  my fellow food bloggers who are sharing their original recipes with us and are perfect suggestions for the Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday party menu.

New Orleans Fried Chicken recipe from Isabel Laessig Family Foodie. Photo Credit Sunday Supper. All rights reserved.

New Orleans Fried Chicken recipe from Isabel Laessig Family Foodie. Photo Credit Sunday Supper. All rights reserved.

New Orleans Fried Chicken: Who doesn’t love fried chicken this recipe is brought to you by Isabel Laessig  from Family Foodie a Tampa based food blogger and business woman that is responsible for the Food and Wine conference organization in Orlando, one of the best food blogger conferences in Florida. Isabel loves to gather her family around the table with simple perfect dishes like this one that uses the famous Besh Box, a Chef John Besh creation. I invite you to read Family Foodie’s recipe can wait to try it myself! See full recipe here

Easy Shrimp Paella for Fat Tuesday #ABRecipes

Easy Shrimp Paella for Fat Tuesday photo credit Adriana Martin for Que Rica Vida. All rights reserved

Easy Shrimp Paella: This recipe is a simple paella inspired in my Grandmother’s original recipe for Paella a la Valenciana. This recipe I developed for Que Rica Vida and I believe suits very well the Mardi Gras theme. See full recipe here

Shrimp Asopao, Hungry Food Love original recipe. Photo credit: Melissa Bailey

Shrimp Asopao, Hungry Food Love original recipe. Photo credit: Melissa Bailey. All rights reserved

Shrimp Asopao: A caribbean soup prepared with rice, shrimp and spices. This recipe was originally created by Melissa Bailey from Hungry Food Love a very talented food blogger who won the LATISM Best Food Blogger category in 2013. This dish is indulgent and nourishes the soul great option for Fat Tuesday. Full recipe here.

Picada o Fritanga. Original recipe from My Colombian Recipes. Photo Credit Erica Dinho. All rights reserved.

Picada o Fritanga. Original recipe from My Colombian Recipes. Photo Credit Erica Dinho. All rights reserved.

Fritanga o Picada Colombiana ( Fried Food Platter): A Colombian cuisine favorite brought to you by Erica Dinho, author of My Colombian Recipes. Erica is an amazing recipe developer, she collaborates with distinguished online magazines like Parade a Conde Nast publication. This fritanga is an ode to food feasting and fried food favorites, a perfect dish for Mardi Gras. Full recipe here.

Blueberry Margarita #ABRecipes

Blueberry Margarita. Photo credit Adriana Martin for Adriana’s Best Recipes. All rights reserved.

Blueberry Margarita: This is one of my favorite cocktail recipes I have developed for Adriana’s Best Recipes. This is great libation for entertaining at home using fresh blueberries, the purple color in my opinion goes great with the Mardi Gras color palette. Full recipe here.

King Cake. Photo credit: Adriana Martin for Adriana's Best Recipes, all rights reserved

King Cake. Photo credit: Adriana Martin for Adriana’s Best Recipes. All rights reserved.

King Cake: This recipe is inspired in the original and brought to you by Southern Living recipes. King cake is the perfect ending to a Mardi Gras menu. Full recipe here.

I invite you to learn more about the Mardi Gras celebration and the history watching this video and why not get inspired to start new a tradition!

Happy Fat Tuesday!

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  • Farah Greta

    wow…todas las recetas se ven riquisimas!! a mi me fascina los camarones y siempre tengo en casa asi que voy a ver si preparo una de estas pronto! besos Farah

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com/ Adriana Martin

      Mil gracias Farah por tu visita!

  • http://www.ahorrosparatodas.com/ diana rodriguez

    Que deliciosas recetas! la de camarones se ve estupenda!

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com/ Adriana Martin

      Gracias Diana!

  • Alejandra Ramirez Castro

    Todo se ve rico! Yo quiero la fritanga!

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com/ Adriana Martin

      Si esta fritanga de Erica Dinho se mira deliciosa!

  • Family Foodie

    I am so honored to be included in this fabulous post. Thank you!

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com/ Adriana Martin

      The honor is mine Isabel thanks for allowing me showcase your New Orleans Fried Chicken which looks amazing!

  • laura Rodriguez

    Me encantan los platos y sus colores, me encantaria conocer New Orleans y tener la experiencia de Mardi Gras. Muy buen post!

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com/ Adriana Martin

      Yo muero por visitar New Orleans tambien deberiamos organizar un blogger trip!

  • Adriana Hogar-Mujer

    Se ven deliciosas estos platos, gracias el king cake se ve cute!

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com/ Adriana Martin

      Gracias Adri!

  • Maybelline

    OMG!.. Everything looks so good.. That shrimp paella is calling my name!!! YUM!

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com/ Adriana Martin

      Many thanks Maybelline all these recipes are the BOMB!

  • mommyhoodsdiary

    Ay que ricas recetas para celebrar! Gracias por compartir.

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com/ Adriana Martin

      Delicia total

  • Veronica Cervera

    Que ricas todas las recetas, Adriana. Me dan ganas ahora mismo de probar un poquito de todo, comenzando con la margarita ;-) Ah, y no pierdo la esperanza de ir a un Mardi Grass. La comida en New Orleans es tan maravillosa.

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com/ Adriana Martin

      Buenisimas eres de las mias!

  • ChecaLAmovie

    No se ni cual receta elegir. Todas son tan buenas.. Felicidades..

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com/ Adriana Martin

      Estoy contigo una probadita de cada uno!