Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday," is this coming Tuesday, which is the last day of the Carnival season. And it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday or the first day of Lent.
While it is quite the celebration in New Orleans with lots of amazing parades and colorful costumes, you can have a chance to celebrate it here in Detroit, with some authentic New Orleans cuisine, such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and Shrimp Poboy (the recipe is posted below).
Louisiana Creole Gumbo specializes in authentic New Orleans cooking. Dishes are packed with flavor and include not just gumbo and jambalaya, but soul sides and a Southern meatloaf dinner, with plenty of vegetarian options. The daily specials get more involved, such as Creole pepper steak, a fried catfish dinners, and Louisiana crab cakes.
There are two Louisiana Creole Gumbo locations across metro Detroit:
Original: 2051 Gratiot Ave., Detroit, MI 48207
New: 13505 W. Seven Mile Road, Detroit MI 48235 (one block east of Schaefer)
Learn more about the restaurants by visiting http://detroitgumbo.com/
Shrimp Poboy Recipe:
2 lb shrimp, shell on
16 ounces Worcestershire sauce
16 ounces Butter, unsalted
10-12 ounces lemon juice
1/2 ounce tobacco or other hot sauce
2 cloves garlic, chopped
fresh chopped rosemary
salt to taste
pepper to taste
In a saucepan, melt butter. Add chopped garlic and rosemary, stirring just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the Worcestershire and lemon juice and let heat, 1-2 minutes. Add the shrimp, ensuring to coat them entirely with your sauce. Cook until pink. Once shrimp are pink, add hot sauce plus salt and pepper to taste. Toss once more to evenly coat. Serve immediately with crusty bread or over rice.