If you want to throw a real party in your home for your kids, it's
the time of year for a Mardi Gras party! The date of Mardi Gras
changes each calendar year but it is celebrated the beginning of
Mardi Gras is the festival to hail the beginning of Lent fasting.
Although the parades and parties at this time of year aren't kid
friendly. You can wear the fancy bead necklaces, put on your own
parade at home, and make it a party complete with the foods served
at Mardi Gras in Louisiana.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Mardi Gras Theme Party Food
What is King Cake?
King Cake is served on Mardi Gras in Louisiana, and it looks like a
giant cinnamon roll decorated with purple, gold, and green icing.
These three Mardi Gras colors represent purple- justice, green-
faith, gold- power. Traditionally a small trinket, like a
doll representing the baby Jesus, is hidden inside the cake.
Whoever finds the trinket in their slice of cake is hailed the King
or Queen of the day. Note if you do this that it can cause a
choking hazard. If you want to add the baby add this to the
bottom of your cake after it cooks.
Making it is quite easy:
Mix 1/3 cup of sugar, 16 ounces of sour cream, ¼ cup of
butter, and a pinch of salt in a saucepan until the butter
Mix ½ ounce of dry yeast with half a cup of warm water and a
tablespoon of sugar, and let it sit for 5 minutes to activate
Add both the sour cream and yeast mixtures to a bowl with 6 ½
cups of flour and 2 eggs, and beat well.
Knead the dough for 10 minutes, let it rise for an hour, and
roll it out into a large oval ring.
Bake the dough for about 15 minutes at 375 F.
If adding the trinket or baby, turn the cake upside down and
press into cake. Turn right side up again and place on serving
Drizzle icing over it once it's cool. Shake purple, green and
sugar over the top of the frosting. Or as an alternative
use purple, green and yellow frosting.
Dirty rice is traditionally served at Mardi Gras, and it's a
deliciously unique Cajun dish that's easy to make. Dirty rice gets
its flavor from chicken livers!
Cook 1 ½ cups of long grain rice, using chicken broth instead
of 1/3 of the water.
Drizzle olive oil over the rice.
Puree ½ cup of chicken liver in a blender.
Cook ½ pound of ground pork, 3 bacon slices, half an onion, 2
stalks of celery, 2 green onions, half a red bell pepper, 1
tablespoon of Cajun seasoning, and the blended chicken livers in
a large pot.
Add in the rice and half a cup of chicken broth, mix well, and
Making Shrimp Po Boys
Shrimp Po Boys are the classic Mardi Gras sandwich, which makes this
a ideal for your Mardi Gras theme party.
Combine an egg with one cup of milk.
De-vein 1 ½ pounds of shrimp, and soak them in the milk and egg mix.
Mix together half a cup of flour with 1 cup of breadcrumbs and
seafood seasoning, and use that to bread the shrimp.
Fry the shrimp in an inch of hot oil, and cook until golden.
Slice a roll in half, and pile the shrimp, tomato slices, lettuce,
pickle relish, spicy mustard, hot sauce, and lemon juice on top.