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Mardi Gras Side Dishes

Looking for Mardi Gras side dishes? Get easy to make Mardi Gras side dish recipes. Taste of Home has side dishes for Mardi Gras including Mardi Gras rice sides, grits recipes, and more Mardi Gras side dishes.

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon

A real Southern favorite, black-eyed peas are traditionally served on New Year's Day to bring good luck. My mother's recipe with bacon, garlic and thyme makes them extra special. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana

Best Hush Puppies

Best Hush Puppies

Best Hush Puppies

Some years ago, I was a cook on a large cattle ranch. One day, I thought back to the hush puppies I'd had as a child on a Southern trip, and I ended up creating my own version of them. They go well as part of an old-fashioned fried chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, buttermilk biscuits, corn on the cob and watermelon pickles! My husband is a farmer and also a truck driver. We have two grown children and two younger ones, 6 and 2.

Creole Corn Bread

Creole Corn Bread

Creole Corn Bread

Corn bread is a staple of Cajun and Creole cuisine. This is an old favorite that I found in the bottom of my recipe drawer, and it really tastes wonderful.
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Chili Cheese Grits

Chili Cheese Grits

Chili Cheese Grits

This zesty dish is a real crowd-pleaser. It's great as a side dish and can also be served as a cold appetizer.

Chili-Cheese Bake

Chili-Cheese Bake

Chili-Cheese Bake

Since my husband's a Navy meteorologist, we've sampled food all over the world. I adapted this recipe from one I was given while we were stationed on the Aleutian Islands. Fresh meat was difficult to obtain in that part of Alaska, so I learned to make many meals featuring grains and legumes instead! We're looking forward to retiring soon to a small farm in central Maine. All three of our children were 4-H leader for 9 years.

Crab-Stuffed Potatoes

Crab-Stuffed Potatoes

Crab-Stuffed Potatoes

Crabmeat is a favorite in this part of the country. It gives twice-baked potatoes great flavor, and the onions add zip-potato lovers rave about them.

Southern Okra

Southern Okra

Southern Okra

This recipe dates back generations in my family. I enjoy it so much because I can use the fresh vegetables that are so abundant here in the South.

Deluxe Corn Bread Stuffing

Deluxe Corn Bread Stuffing

Deluxe Corn Bread Stuffing

When my husband and I were newlyweds and far from family, we invited friends over for a traditional Thanksgiving feast. I searched for stuffing recipes and combined the best aspects of several to create this one. Everyone liked it, and I still make it for holidays.

Succotash

Succotash

Succotash

You can't get more "Southern" than succotash. This recipe comes from my mother, who was a fantastic cook. This dish made her famous at least with everyone who ever tasted it.

Corn Okra Creole

Corn Okra Creole

Corn Okra Creole

This dish is representative of my area of the country, and particularly the Texas-Louisiana border. The okra, corn and Creole seasonings are all popular here.

Okra Pilaf

Okra Pilaf

Okra Pilaf

This is my very favorite rice recipe. I've served it many times and it's always received rave reviews. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.
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