It’s that time of year again! As the festive fun of Mardi Gras approaches, we’re hankering to enjoy the holiday’s quintessential cuisine—and there’s a lot to enjoy.
Fortunately, you don’t have to travel all the way to New Orleans to get a taste of Mardi Gras goodness. Read on as we share our favorite Peach Valley picks for sharing in the fun (and flavor) ahead!
Orchard Fresh Apple Fritters
When it comes to sweets, beignets might be the most beloved in New Orleans. Delightfully simple and sweet, they are made with warm, fried dough and powdered sugar on top. Sound familiar?
Beignets are actually the French equivalent to fritters, a dessert we especially love here at Peach Valley! When you’re craving the delicious texture and taste of a beignet here in the Sunshine State, opt for its culinary cousin, a sack of our Orchard Fresh Apple Fritters. We mix fresh Granny Smith apples into a homemade batter and cook the mix up into a perfect golden brown—then, toss it all in a cinnamon sugar blend you’re sure to love! Enjoy with brown sugar-scented strawberry yogurt for a sweet, creamy complement and you’re good to go. Beignet cravings, satisfied.
Mardi Gras, like many New Orleans traditions, is largely rooted in French culture—so why not indulge in some French Toast? Topped off with cinnamon and powdered sugar, this classic dish is the perfect way to take part in the Mardi Gras tradition of rich, decadent dishes.
Pecan pralines are another popular New Orleans treat—light, creamy and delicious, they’re easy to enjoy as you stroll Bourbon Street and beyond. But if you’re a few hundred miles away from Bourbon Street, our Pecan Pancakes are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth! Enjoy our classic pancake batter mixed with crunchy pecans for a taste and texture that can’t be beat.
Blackened Chicken Pasta
Blackened foods are frequently seen in Cajun cuisine throughout the Big Easy—there’s just something about the smoky touch that blends beautifully with Cajun food’s hot, vibrant flavors. Here at Peach Valley, you can enjoy this one-of-a-kind flavor experience through our Blackened Chicken Pasta! Dig into blackened chicken over sautéed fresh asparagus, baby spinach, tomatoes and linguini in a spicy cream sauce that promises to pique your taste buds.
Shrimp & Grits
Another Cajun classic, Shrimp & Grits, is a beloved option in New Orleans. Louisiana, like Florida, is perfectly positioned to enjoy fresh shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico all year-round—so the Big Easy’s love of shrimp is something we share! Dig into our Shrimp & Grits, a lively medley of creamy grits, onions, red and green peppers, diced tomatoes and jumbo shrimp sautéed in a spicy lemon sauce. It’s what fresh New Orleans seafood is all about, from the comfort of the Peach Valley Café nearest you.
Which of these New Orleans-inspired flavors do you look forward to trying first? For a delicious Mardi Gras brunch, Peach Valley is the place to be. We hope to see you soon!