Mardi Gras Tea

Celebrate Mardi Gras with a Tea Party

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Mardi Gras Tea - Jambalaya TartletsMardi Gras is February 9 and the editors of TeaTime have created a lovely Mardi Gras tea party to celebrate. Their menu includes the delicious creole and cajun flavors of Louisiana. I find that a tea party is an excellent, family-friendly way to enjoy this special winter holiday! 

TeaTime started their menu with a scones course of Brown Sugar and Cream Cheese Scones, followed by Dilled Crawfish Salad Tea Sandwiches, Jambalaya Tarlets, and Muffaletta Palmiers for the savories. Of course, dessert wouldn’t be right without that Mardi Gras signature, a King Cake. And they’ve rounded out the sweets tier with recipes for Toasted Pecan Pralines and Bananas Foster Tartlets.

Not sure which teas to pair with seafood? They recommend organic Mango Sunny Passion from Capital Teas for a light and fruity complement to the savory-sweet blend of flavors created by the crawfish and shrimp.

mardi gras tea - pralines recipe

The complete menu was more than I could include here, but I’m excited to share their Jambalaya Tartlets and Toasted Pecan Pralines with you. I hope you enjoy these special winter holiday treats!

Now, as they say, laissez les bons temps rouler! And be sure to pick up the January/February issue of TeaTime for all of the delicious recipes.





Jambalaya Tarlets
Yield: 12
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  1. 1½ (14.1-ounce) packages refrigerated pie dough (3 sheets)
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. ¼ cup chopped sweet onion
  4. ¼ cup chopped green bell pepper
  5. ¼ cup chopped celery
  6. ½ cup chopped chicken thigh meat
  7. ½ cup chopped Andouille sausage
  8. 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  9. 1 cup long-grain rice
  10. ½ cup chopped seeded tomato
  11. 1 bay leaf
  12. 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  13. 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning*
  14. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  15. ½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  16. ½ teaspoon salt
  17. ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  18. 2 dozen medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, with tails on
  19. Garnish: minced fresh parsley, 12 fresh parsley leaves
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 450˚.
  2. 2. On a lightly floured surface, unroll pie dough. Using a 4.-x-2.-inch tartlet pan as a guide, cut 12 shapes from dough. Lightly spray 12 tartlet pans with cooking spray. Press dough shapes into prepared tartlet pans, trimming excess as necessary. Using the large end of a chopstick, press dough into indentations in sides of tartlet pans.
  3. 3. Place tartlet pans on a rimmed baking sheet. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. 4. Prick tartlet dough with a fork to prevent puffing during baking.
  5. 5. Bake until golden brown, approximately 7 minutes. Let cool completely.
  6. 6. Remove from tartlet pans, and store in an airtight container until needed. In a large nonstick sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, chicken, and sausage. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until vegetables are tender, stirring often. Add chicken broth, rice, tomato, bay leaf, garlic, Creole seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, salt, and black pepper, stirring to combine. Increase heat, and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover pan, and cook until rice is done, 15 to 20 minutes. Add shrimp to pan during the last 5 minutes of cooking time. (Shrimp are done when pink and opaque.)
  7. 7. Spoon warm rice mixture into tart shells, arranging shrimp decoratively on top.
  8. 8. Garnish each with minced parsley and a parsley leaf, if desired.
  9. 9. Serve immediately.
  1. *We used Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning.
  2. Make Ahead Tip: Jambalaya can be made a day in advance, placed in a covered container, and refrigerated. Warm gently before filling tartlet shells. Tartlet shells can be made early on the day they are to be used.
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Toasted Pecan Pralines
Yield: 12
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  1. 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  2. ½ cup granulated sugar
  3. ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  4. 4 tablespoons salted butter
  5. 2 tablespoons water
  6. ¾ cup chopped toasted pecans
  1. 1. Line 20 wells of a 24-well mini muffin pan with foil baking cups.
  2. 2. In a heavy-bottom medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, cream, butter, and water, stirring to blend. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until mixture registers just below 238˚ on a candy thermometer. Remove pan from heat, and add pecans, stirring vigorously to cool mixture slightly.
  3. 3. Working quickly and using a levered 1-tablespoon scoop, divide pecan mixture among prepared wells of mini muffin pan. Let cool completely.
  4. 4. Store pralines in an airtight container at room temperature.
  5. 5. Remove from foil baking cups before serving, if desired.
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How will you celebrate Mardi Gras?

TeaTime January/February 2016

Comments 8

  1. Some charming ideas so older people can have a special time.
    Here Mardi Gras is celebrated by the Gay and Lesbian community with parades and parties. Lots of fun for all. And you do not have to be LGBT to participate. Definitely no king cake or afternoon tea.
    In my city Western Christians celebrate Shrove Tuesday. Orthodox Christians do not observe this day at all.
    Other people celebrate Pancake Day. At least everyone around the world has some type of pancake. The pancakes a good fundraiser for schools.

  2. I have always dreamed of going to the Mardi Gras in Louisiana! One of my friends go every year. She has shown me lots of fabulous pictures of the town, the restaurants and of course the colorful parade. I just might have a Mardi Gras tea party this year with friends and family. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. How fun!
    We moved from the Midwest to California and still celebrate Mardi Gras by usually going out to dinner or eating well with friends before Ash Wednesday and on to lent.

    Lent is a time for introspective thinking and church services In wait for Easter. I think a tea… With family and friends…:: filled with good food and fun sounds absolutely wonderful!!! I only wish my grandchildren were closer, because as I’ve said before, they LOVE dressing in my hats, scarves and glove to enjoy a good tea party.

    Thanks again for the recipes!!

    Grandma Yaya

  4. What a nice way to celebrate Mardi Gras right before the Lenten season. I lost my 91 year old Mother in October and her birthday was February 9th. I just might have a little tea party in memory of her on that evening. This gave me some wonderful ideas and inspiration. Thank you.

  5. Here is Toronto Canada we don’t celebrate Mardi Gras ether but it was the lovely spring colours of purple and yellow that caught my eye. The promise of spring to come. Thanks for a great start to a dull day

  6. This sounds like so much fun! Here in California we don’t really celebrate Mardi Gras, but in my native country The Netherlands, they do. The tea looks beautiful, tea is such a wonderful way to celebrate with family, I am going to make those Pecan Pralines, they sound scrumptious!

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