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Delicious Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras

Treat yourself like Mardi Gras royalty, and indulge in the most delicious dishes of the season. We believe in celebrating carnival by cooking up a storm, taste-testing as many different king cakes as you can, and decorating your house in purple, green, and gold! To get in the spirit, check out some of our favorite recipes.

Jay Ducote’s Red Beans & Rice Balls

Jay Ducote’s Red Beans & Rice Balls offer up a fresh, new twist on red beans & rice. In this recipe, Jay’s inventive take on the classic (made with our signature Red Kidney Beans) is served with BBQ Aioli and Pickled Red Onions. These beauties will disappear as fast as you can make them. A food blogger, radio host, chef, and culinary personality, Jay knows his Louisiana cooking, and this amazing recipe doesn’t disappoint.

Smoky Bloody Mary

A good Bloody Mary with all the fixins’ is a must for any self-respecting Mardi Gras reveler, and this recipe gets it right. Featuring building blocks like vodka, tomato juice, celery salt, Worcestershire, and horseradish — plus savory, smoky accents provided by a few dashes of Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce and a rim of smoked paprika and kosher salt — this Smoky Bloody Mary will get the party started. Garnished with celery, bacon, pickled okra, cornichons and olives, it’s like a meal in a cup!

Cajun Caviar

This Cajun Caviar from Louisiana Cookin’ is a healthy, lightened dip that combines cooked Green Baby Lima Beans, Crowder Peas and Lady Cream Peas — along with tomatoes, peppers, red onion, corn and cilantro — in a white wine vinegar and lime juice dressing. Great when served with tortilla or corn chips, it’s a versatile recipe that’s easy to change based on your tastes. You can use different beans and peas, add avocado, or spice it up with hot sauce. Any which way you tweak it, it’s sure to get gobbled up.

Curt Guillory’s Cajun Hummus

Curt Guillory’s Cajun Hummus uses our Red Kidney Beans in place of the traditional Garbanzo Beans — but that’s not what makes this hummus Cajun. True Louisiana flavors are what do the trick. Instead of traditional tahini paste, the recipe uses pecan butter, the red beans are cooked with onions and garlic, and cubed tasso gets stirred in to the final dip along with sliced green onions. Serve with fried pork rinds for even more Cajun flavor! Give it a try, and you won’t be sorry.

Skinny Red Bean Dip

Skinny Red Bean Dip is a quick and easy appetizer that also uses our Red Kidney Beans in an unexpected way. Cooked, tender red beans are processed till smooth along with salsa, light cream cheese, and reduced fat cheddar cheese. Serve it up with crackers or chips, and make everyone happy.

Slow Cooker Cajun White Bean and Sausage Soup

Nothing lets you get on with the business of having a good time like a hearty, flavorful one-pot wonder – full of creamy Camellia beans. So easy and delicious, this Cajun White Bean and Sausage Soup checks all the boxes. Follow it up with a big slice of king cake, and you’ll be in Mardi Gras heaven.

New Orleans-Style Red Beans & Rice

Red Beans

The quintessential dish for celebrating Mardi Gras is our classic New Orleans-Style Red Beans & Rice, of course. It just doesn’t get any better than this! Let its slow-simmering goodness usher in the spirit of carnival you’re craving.

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