Fat Tuesday is a time to celebrate the bounteous flavors we have before some of us embark on 40 days of self-sacrifice. So, before you exorcise your demons, exercise them in a bacchanalia worthy of the Big Easy.
It is in that spirit that we offer three recipes. One is for a traditional Creole soup filled with oysters, artichokes, butter and more wonderful things.
Second is a gumbo chock full of ham, shrimp and crabmeat, as well as the traditional okra. (Gumbo is an African word for okra, so the dish was created with the vegetable in mind. If you don’t like the slime, follow the recipe closely.)
Finally, what’s a party without a great cocktail or two? To make sure you imbibe something wonderful, we offer a recipe for a Big Easy tradition, the Cocktail à la Louisiane, an irresistible blend of whiskey, Benedictine, Peychaud bitters and other wonders. (I found the Peychaud Bitters at Spec’s.)
From our files are a few more recipes and ideas to make your Mardi Gras even more flavorful: