Bring NOLA to your party with seven classic dishes and Abita brews.
Food Loves Beer Editors
AN ABITA MARDI GRAS BEER DINNER
Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a celebration like no other. With ornate costumes, lively jazz, and colorful strands of beads being tossed about to raucous crowds among lavish parade floats, it qualifies as one of the biggest parties ever! Still, what's a party without the food? Louisiana is known for its Creole and Cajun fare; and from upscale to country-style cooking, New Orleans does it best. For a taste of this famous city’s history, traditions and cuisines, here's a beer dinner featuring seven classic NOLA dishes paired with beers from Abita Brewing Company.
Oyster Po'boy Sliders are just the right size for serving on platters at your Mardi Gras party. Their crisp, briny flavor is heavenly when enjoyed with the full-bodied maltiness of Abita Mardi Gras Bock (6.5%).
Baked Catfish Cakes with Spicy Rémoulade make great appetizers, and the smooth, malty character of Abita Amber, a Munich-style lager, complements their bold flavors nicely.
New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp are sautéed in butter, and lots of it. So we thought the sharp, spicy bitterness of Abita Jockamo IPA (6.5%) would be the perfect foil for these rich crustaceans.
Chicken Andouille Gumbo is NOLA in a bowl! We paired this classic with Abita Turbodog (5.6%), a dark brown ale with rich malt sweetness and floral hop character, because it really accents the bold flavors in this spicy stew.
Crawfish Étouffée is another New Orleans classic, and the crisp citrus hop flavors of Abita Restoration Ale (5.2%) provides a great balance to the earthiness of the dish.
Beignets are quintessential NOLA, but if you can't make it to Cafe Du Monde try this recipe from New Orleans Online and pair them with Abita S.O.S. (7.0%), an unfiltered Weizen Pils, with floral/minty hops notes, and a pleasant bitterness that cuts through the sweetness.
King Cake Pops (from 6 Bittersweets) are Mardi Gras party-ready! Dressed in a sparkly, colorful candy coat, and filled with raisins, cinnamon, and cream cheese, these lovelies partner well with Abita Abbey Ale (8.0%), a Belgian-style Dubbel with spicy yeast flavors and fruity notes.