Every year my great friend hosts the “party of the year” in the neighborhood celebrating her favorite holiday, Mardi Gras. She decks our her home in purple, green and gold fanning beads of all shapes and sizes over chairs, cabinets, lamps and chandeliers. Guests show up in costume and are treated to her now-famous themed food and cocktails.
This year we have decided to do something different and host a Fat Tuesday brunch with all of the traditional “Big Easy” dishes served breakfast-style. Want to try it? We’ve made it easier to throw a similar themed party by providing four recipes that are sure to make your guests feel as if they have just stepped into the French Quarter. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
1. Muffuletta Egg Sandwiches
This delicious spin on the traditional Muffuletta sandwich will be a great main course to serve at your Fat Tuesday brunch. All of the traditional ingredients are in there with the addition of eggs and English muffins, which are standing in for the traditional Muffuletta. The oil from the olive mix absorbs into the nooks and crannies of the muffin, giving a nice moist texture. Cut these in half to show the beautiful layers of goodness and serve them with a festive party pick and a side of Spicy Cajun Crawtators.
2. Jambalaya Breakfast Potatoes
You can’t have a Mardi Gras party without serving up some spicy Jambalaya. For a fun variation, try making this favorite dish with breakfast potatoes instead of rice and then add some green peppers and onions along with some diced smoked kielbasa and chorizo sausage. This is sure to be a huge hit with your guests, but head’s up: they might throw beads at you in appreciation.
3. Puff Pastry King Cake
Throw your guest a curve ball and change up the traditional King Cake recipe, known for its Danish-like filling and donut texture. Instead use puff pastry and then fill them with similar ingredients, such as brown sugar, pecans and raisins. Then drizzle it with a sweet glaze and top in green, purple, and yellow sugar crystals.
4. Passion Fruit Mimosas
For your frosty beverage, try making these Passion Fruit Mimosas for a fun take on the traditional Pat O’Brien Hurricane, the powerful and colorful cocktail served up in the French Quarter. This variation uses some the classic ingredients like passion fruit puree and orange juice but is mixed with prosecco for a perfect brunch-time cocktail that is not too strong, but will definitely make you feel like you have stepped out onto Bourbon Street.