Mardi Gras Feast! (Recipe Sunday)

by nomeatbarefeet

This Recipe Sunday we are going to keep it real: these Mardi Gras recipes are not ours; we straight up took them from the sites below. We wanted to have some delicious Mardi Gras food but we decided to not post the recipes and instead post pictures plus a bit of New Orleans history. Clearly you can see that these are not food-porn quality pictures: we lack the lighting, the time, and the patience to shoot food-porn pictures. That doesn’t diminish from how delicious everything turned out…

A shot of post-Mardi Gras beans lining the streets in Mid-City in New Orleans from our visit a few years ago.

A shot of post-Mardi Gras beads lining the streets of Mid-City in New Orleans from our visit a few years ago.

So what did we make?

Portabello Po’boys with homemade Garlic Aioli + Sweet Potato Fries

So what is a Po’ Boy? It is a traditional inexpensive Louisiana sub-sandwich that was originally served with gravy and spare bits of roast beef on French bread. According to local legend, the sandwich originated at a local restaurant during a 1929 streetcar driver strike. The owners of the restaurant gave free sandwiches to the strikers, who were nicknamed “poor boys” by the restaurant workers. We took the modified vegan po’ boy recipe from this site, sub-ing portobello mushrooms for oyster mushrooms.

And dessert was…

Vegan King Cake

We are really proud of our King Cake because it is the first time we have gotten a recipe with yeast to come out correctly. And was it good!

New Orleans Christian tradition placed a emphasis on honoring the wise men who brought gifts to the baby Jesus twelve days after Christmas. A popular custom that is still practiced is the making of a King Cake in honor of this tradition. The cakes are circular, oval, or braided dough that are cooked with a little trinket inside (often a plastic baby Jesus). The cake is then topped with frosting and covered with sprinkles in the colors of Mardi Gras: yellow, purple, and green. Sadly, we couldn’t find a little baby Jesus to volunteer his services for our cake…instead we used a little Jesus bean. Tradition says that the person who finds the trinket (eat carefully!) is King or Queen of the day and has to supply the next King Cake or host the next party (there can also be a separate Queen Cake). Jon found the bean, so I guess he is supply the cake at next year’s party! The King Cake recipe can be found here. (There is also a recipe for a Peanut Butter King Cake…yeah, that will be made real soon!)

Watch out for the baked in bean!

Watch out for the baked in bean!

Hope that this inspires you to enjoy your own Mardi Gras.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!