Crawfish Linguine – Mardi Gras Edition
It’s Mardi Gras season! I’m really missing Mardi Gras with all of the parades, music and of course delicious food. All the things that is part of this special day that falls on every Tuesday of the year in Louisiana. Another reason why it’s so special is it’s a state holiday. Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout Louisiana and especially in southern Louisiana where the balls and parades are huge staples of celebrating Carnival season. Although, everyone identifies Mardi Gras with New Orleans because they have one of the best parades of all Mardi Gras parades. New Orleans kicks off Carnival season by celebrating weeks before the actual day. The weekend of Mardi Gras in New Orleans is filled with big parades throughout the city and filled with locals and tourists.
I have a confession to make and that is in all of my years living west of Baton Rouge is I never attended a New Orleans parade….ever. My town of New Roads always celebrated Mardi Gras on Tuesday with their own carnival parade so that usually was enough for me. Our local parades actually drew large crowds from nearby towns and parishes because everybody didn’t want to drive out to New Orleans. Plus, our local Mardi Gras parades were more family oriented. Alot of families and close friends would get together to cookout on the parade route. If you stopped by their tent to kick it and have some fun, then they will definitely give you a plate of food of either red beans and rice, jambalaya, fried chicken, fried fish and so on. Needless to say, it’s definitely not like this in Nashville, TN. Mardi Gras Tuesday is just a regular federal work day. Something that took me a year to get used to after I moved here seven years ago.
If you love the culture of Carnival season then cook up some good Louisiana food, play Mardi Gras music (Spotifiy playlist or Pandora..just type in Mardi Gras or Rebirth Brass Band). get you a ball mask and some beads. Have some fun with your family and friends. This Mardi Gras delicious recipe of Crawfish Linguine will be a huge crowd pleaser. By the way, you can always substitute with shrimp and make it shrimp linguine. This recipe is very simple plus it’s quick and easy to make…my favorite thing.
Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler (Let the good times roll)! Let us know in the comments how you’re planning to celebrate Mardi Gras. Like and Share so please spread the love!
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