Mardi Gras Appetizers to Celebrate the Carnival Season
Recipe: Mini Muffulettas
You can easily make these Mini Muffulettas the day before the party. Just assemble, place in zip-top plastic freezer bags, and refrigerate overnight. Store-bought craft paper and simple twine create clever sandwich wrappers.
Mini Crab Cakes With Garlic-Chive Sauce
Garlic-Chive Sauce and a squeeze of lemon juice add zesty flavor to Mini Crab Cakes.
Creole Shrimp Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Creole Shrimp Deviled Eggs
These deviled eggs have a Creole flavor and are perfect as a Mardi Gras appetizer.
Shrimp Boil Skewers
Recipe: Shrimp Boil Skewers
These mini shrimp skewers pack all the flavor of a Creole shrimp boil into a few bites.
West Indies Crab Salad
Recipe: West Indies Crab Salad
This recipe originated in Mobile, Alabama, the city where Mardi Gras began.
Crispy Andouille Hush Puppies
Recipe: Crispy Andouille Hush Puppies
You’re going to love this twist on classic hush puppies that has a bit of a kick from Andouille sausage.
Easy BBQ Shrimp
Recipe: Easy BBQ Shrimp
The key to this easy shrimp appetizer is in the tangy marinade.
Muffuletta Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Muffuletta Deviled Eggs
There’s always a welcome place for a tray of deviled eggs at Southern parties, and this sandwich-inspired spin is delicious.
Lump Crab Mornay
Recipe: Lump Crab Mornay
This creamy dip will bring you right to the bayou.
Recipe: Oysters Rockefeller
Created by Jules Alciatore at the famed New Orleans restaurant Antoine’s, Oysters Rockefeller dates back to 1899.
Recipe: Shrimp-Stuffed Mirlitons
There is actually a festival in New Orleans dedicated to the mirliton, and if you haven’t tried this interesting squash, this recipe is the perfect primer.
Grilled Cajun Shrimp Kabobs with Sausage
Adapt these quick skewers to an appetizer portion with mini skewers.
Recipe: Crawfish Cakes
This spicy Louisiana riff on crab cakes will be a fun surprise for guests. Make your crawfish cakes mini and serve with toothpicks for a grab-and-go appetizer.
Roasted Oysters with Bacon-Saltine Topping
Bacon is an amazing complement to Gulf oysters, which look beautiful on a platter with coarse sea salt to prevent them from wobbling around and retain heat.
Shrimp Rémoulade Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Shrimp Rémoulade Deviled Eggs
Southerners will never turn down a platter of deviled eggs, and this Creole version was made for Mardi Gras.
Recipe: Crawfish Dip
The slow cooker makes hosting so much easier because you can both make and serve this dip in it.
Crab Cake Hush Puppies
Recipe: Crab Cake Hush Puppies
If you thought hush puppies couldn’t get any more addicting, try this recipe out.
Spicy Shrimp with Jalapeño Cornbread and Aïoli
Mini Crab Cakes with Cajun Sauce
Recipe: Mini Crab Cakes with Cajun Sauce
The best part about these pretty little crab cakes is that they can be prepared up to five days in advance.
Deviled Crab Melts
Recipe: Deviled Crab Melts
If you love crab but are burnt out on crab cakes, these crunchy crostinis are our new favorite way to serve it.
Recipe: Shrimp-Okra-and-Sausage Kebabs
Sprinkled with Cajun seasoning and brushed with a hot sauce mixture, your Louisiana friends will love these kebabs, which you can put on mini skewers for easy serving.
Creamy Crab Dip
Recipe: Creamy Crab Dip
Get your seafood fix with an updated version of your retro crab dip recipe.