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How to Prepare Traditional Mardi Gras Food

Bring the spirit of Mardi Gras home with these traditional meals.


  • Step 1: Make traditional Jambalaya Make traditional Jambalaya. Mix the sausage, chicken, onion, green pepper, tomatoes, celery, and 1 cup broth in a crock pot.
  • Step 2: Season and cook Season with oregano, Cajun seasoning, thyme, parsley, and cayenne pepper. Cook for 7 to 8 hours with the cover on.
  • Step 3: Add shrimp Add the shrimp during the last 30 minutes of cooking. Serve over rice.
  • Step 4: Make collard greens Make New Orleans-style collard greens. Put the ham hocks and collard greens in a large pot. Mix in the water, vinegar, and chicken broth.
  • TIP: Low-sodium chicken broth can be used as an alternative.
  • Step 5: Bring to boil Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Step 6: Enjoy End the meal with a big piece of King Cake, a Mardi Gras must. Now enjoy your Mardi Gras celebration!
  • FACT: Traditionally, a plastic, gold, or porcelain baby is placed in the center of the King Cake before baking. The guest who finds the baby in their slice of cake is supposed to host next year's King Cake party.

You Will Need

  • 1 lb. andouille sausage
  • sliced
  • 1 lb. cubed skinless
  • boneless chicken
  • 1 large onion
  • chopped
  • 1 large green pepper
  • chopped
  • 3 1/2 c. canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 c. celery
  • chopped
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. dried tyme
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 lb. frozen cooked shrimp without tails
  • 4 c. cooked rice
  • 2 smoked ham hocks
  • 1 bunch collard greens
  • 2 1/2 c. water
  • 1 tbsp. distilled vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • King cake
  • Equipment:
  • Crock pot with lid
  • Low-sodium chicken broth (optional)

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