Football fans, foodies, and party people alike are headed for the Super-Party of the Year when Super Bowl 47 and Mardi Gras come together in New Orleans on Sunday. According to USA Today, the combined events will draw more than 1 million visitors, 5,000 media members, 100 million viewers worldwide, and a nearly $1 billion economic windfall to the city.
New Orleans is well known for its enduring hospitality. The city’s logistics teams have been hard at work to ensure that smooth festivities prevail. From Carnival and its 35 parades, to citywide parties and events culminating in Mardi Gras, to The Super Bowl which falls smack dab in the middle of it all, city planners are prepared for the onslaught. New Orleans’ local tourism officials even brought in The Disney Institute to provide Disney Customer Service Training to local businesses and restaurants!
If you prefer to avoid the crowds, but still plan to party with gusto, we have some great ideas for hosting your own “Super Gras” party at home. Whether you’re a San Francisco 49er fan or a Baltimore Raven supporter, you can enjoy the festivities with friends in front of the big screen, and still get your Cajun on!
Don’t be late for kick off. Super Bowl Sunday starts at 6:30pm ET, February 3, 2013.
Get your “Super Gras” Party started New Orleans style!
Culinarily speaking, classic Cajun spices include paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano. and thyme. Cajun dishes typically feature ingredients like green peppers, onions, celery, crawfish, crab, shrimp, rice, and beans.
You can make your own Cajun Spice Mix and use it on anything from a fish rub, to barbecued meat or burgers, on roasted veggies, in chili or soups. Serve up New Orleans Style hospitality with these Cajun inspired creations.
Cajun Spice Mix – Can be used with any and all of the recipes below.
Dirty Rice & Beans with Chicken – This hearty one pot prep is perfect for a potluck or family meal. It’s full of protein and fiber – and it’s gluten-free!
Spicy Shrimp Skewers with Cool Cucumber Dip – The Cool Minty Cucumber Dip tames the spice in these Cajun Shrimp Skewers.
Blackened Fish Tacos – These Crunchy Fish Tacos with Creamy Cabbage Slaw are a taste treat any time, whether you’re making them for a party or family dinner. Everybody loves ‘em!
Andouille Sausage Sliders – Andouille Sausage Sliders are easy to make and a ragin’ cajun crowd pleaser!
Bananas Foster – Bananas Foster was invented in Louisiana at Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans. This version from Seattle’s El Gaucho restaurant, and captured in the Dining in Seattle Cookbook, is fresh and decadent!
Pecan Pie – This perfectly simple pie will remind you of being on Bourbon Street, just replace vanilla with Bourbon!
Crêpes Suzette – Inspired in France and beloved in the the French Quarter of New Orleans, you can fill crêpes with virtually anything.