Mardi Gras Fun

This is my Mardi Gras Dinner Plan for Tuesday, March 8th.   I don’t normally blog about specific meal plans but I do like to celebrate historical events so why not try this meal plan on Tuesday!   Mardi Gras has so much historical significance and you should celebrate Mardi Gras this year with a fun family meal.

Wikipedia explains, “Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”… to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season,” which starts on Ash Wednesday, March 9th.   Mardi Gras is celebrated in many different parts of the world but most Americans associate this celebration with New Orleans.   For many years, we had family in New Orleans and this gave us the opportunity to learn a little about Mardi Gras.  New Orleans food is among the best in the U.S. and Cajun cuisine is very spicy and delicious – so why not give this Fat Tuesday a try at your house.

Shrimp Gumbo is a proven winner at our house – full of flavor with chunks of sausage, chicken, and shrimp.  It’s very easy to make and definitely a one dish meal; add some crusty bread, an Iceberg Salad with Yogurt Honey Dressing, and an easy-to-make “King Cake” (recipe below) and you’ve got a Mardi Gras dinner the whole family will enjoy.  You really can’t go wrong with this Mardi Gras meal and hopefully you will be able to teach your family something new about this historic carnival.

I found a very easy recipe for King Cake and even younger children will enjoy making and decorating it.  Mardi Gras tradition is to hide a baby in the “cake” and who ever gets the piece with the baby is said to have good luck or something like that.  They also are responsible for bringing the cake to next year’s celebration!  For more about King Cake and it’s history check out this Wikipedia article, it’s definitely worth the read!

King Cake Recipe
2 Rolls of refrigerator Cinnamon Rolls with Icing (I used Grands, Cinnabon)
1 small plastic baby
Sugar Sprinkles – yellow, purple, green or you can color sugar with food coloring

1.     Open cinnamon rolls and unroll each roll, twisting together into the shape of a circle or oval.

2.     Bake as directed on package, I added about 5 minutes and they were not over baked.

3.     Remove from oven and let cool slightly, then stick the baby inside the bread.4.     Frost the top of the bread while it is still warm.

5.     Sprinkle with gold, purple, and green sugar.

6.     Serve warm!

You and your family can enjoy this very simple meal while learning more about a holiday tradition that is celebrated throughout the world.   Enjoy!

-Sheri

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