Are Those Beads Gluten Free? Your GF Mardi Gras Guide.

By: Suzanne W.


Mardi Gras, the day the South has been celebrating towards for over a month. If want to join in on the festivities this Fat Tuesday, here are some traditional dishes that are a mandatory indulgence.

Keep reading below for our favorite gluten free recipes that will help you “Laissez le Bon Temps Rouler!”



Gluten Free King Cake by Gluten Free on a Shoestring

Gluten Free King Cake by Gluten Free on a Shoestring

King Cake

  • King Cakes are a vibrant part of the Mardi Gras tradition in New Orleans. Jan. 6, the Twelfth Night after Christmas, is the day Mardi Gras season, hence king cake season, begins. Mardi Gras Day, also known as Fat Tuesday, is always 47 days prior to Easter Sunday (the day before Ash Wednesday). Originally, king cakes were a simple ring of dough with a small amount of decoration. Today’s king cakes are much more festive. After the rich Danish dough is braided and baked, the “baby” is inserted. The top of the ring or oval cake is then covered with delicious sugar toppings in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. 
  • This year we made Gluten Free on a Shoestring’s delicious Gluten Free King Cake recipe. Find it HERE.


Mufaletta Sandwich

  • These sandwiches are another staple of New Orleans. It is an Sicilian sandwich that consists of a round loaf of bread (about 10 inches across) filled with Italian salami, olive salad, cheese, Italian ham, and freshly minced garlic. The key ingredient is the olive salad which gives the sandwich its special flavor. A true Muffuletta Sandwich must be served at room temperature, never toasted. Try’s Gluten Free Mufaletta recipe HERE.


Gluten Free Beignets by Jules Gluten Free

Gluten Free Beignets by Jules Gluten Free


  • Beignets were brought to Louisiana by the Acadians. They are fried fritters, sometimes filled with fruit and covered with powdered sugar. Beignets aren’t specific to Mardi Gras season but they are a New Orleans tradition. Try making Jule’s Gluten Free Beignets at home! Find her recipe HERE.


Crawfish Etouffee

  • The word étouffée (pronounced eh-too-fey) comes from the French word “to smother.” The best way to describe the dish is a thicker stew, seasoned to perfection and chock full of delicious, plump crawfish or shrimp. Tasty Eats at Home created an amazing gluten free recipe for this traditional cajun dish, find it HERE.


Mardi Gras Dirty Rice

  • Dirty rice is a traditional Cajun dish made from white rice which gets a “dirty” color from being cooked with small pieces of chicken liver or giblets, green bell pepper, celery, onion and spices cayenne and black pepper. Don’t worry, you can barely taste the liver but it’ll add a depth of flavor. Zatarain’s actually has an easy Gluten Free Dirty Rice recipe that you can make in 35 minutes. Find it HERE.



Southern Julep

Southern Julep

The Mardi Gras celebration isn’t complete without a cocktail (or two). Try some of the Southern favorites below and don’t forget to make sure all your liquors are gluten free!


Find more recipes on our Pinterest board HERE and make sure to share your favorite Mardi Gras traditions below!





3 responses to “Are Those Beads Gluten Free? Your GF Mardi Gras Guide.”

  1. Aqiyl Aniys says:

    Thanks Minni. I didn’t know Celiac’s would react the same way to MSG as to gluten. Another reason to stay away from MSG.

  2. Minni says:

    I would suggest anyone who is a celiac be careful with the dirt rice. Zataran’s has MSG in their mix which my husband and several other Celiac’s I know have the same reaction to as gluten.

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