Mardi Gras is best known as the time for wearing masks and costumes, social conventions, dancing, sports competitions and parades. The Tuesday before Lent in the Christian calendar is a time to receive absolution of sins. So, traditionally, it’s also the time to consume any rich food in the house before entering the 40 days of abstinence from all of one’s favorite fatty foods, which is where the French term Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday” originated. Food is a big part of this monthlong celebration.
Check out some of the recipes commonly made during Mardi Gras here.