Let the Good Times Roll with “Yardi” Gras Party Food

Parades might not be rolling this Mardi Gras season, but the good times are! New Orleanians are making their own fun, decorating their front porches to look like Mardi Gras parade floats with help from local artists. It’s called “Yardi Gras” – and like with any Mardi Gras party, you gotta have food! Here are some top recipes to help everyone around the world pass a good time Mardi Gras style, on their porches, patios and in their yards. Happy Mardi Gras, y’all!

Ham and Swiss Po-Boy

A simple ham and cheese po-boy wrapped in foil is synonymous in New Orleans with family get-togethers (however large or small) and carnival parades (even if it’s a parade of homes!). Serve the ham thin-sliced (we used a local NOLA brand, Chisesi’s Pride® Ham) on flaky New Orleans-style French bread dressed with mayonnaise, a swipe of yellow mustard, ripe tomatoes and plenty of lettuce.

French Fry Po-Boy


New Orleanians love their po-boy sandwiches – locally baked French bread stuffed with any number of cold cuts or fried seafood – but the simple french-fry po-boy still reigns as the original comfort food meal. It’s traditionally dressed with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and pickle with the option to be drenched in brown gravy.

Spicy Marinated Chicken Wings with Creamy BBQ Dipping Sauce

Crispy and bursting with spicy, sweet & sour flavor, these wings are dangerously addictive! Marinate them overnight and serve with our Alabama-Style White BBQ Sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.

Pork Chop Po-Boy


Pan-fried pork chops on French bread are a corner-store special, found on the menu in small neighborhood groceries and convenience stores across New Orleans. They make an easy lunch, dinner or snack to go – a traditional food to fill up on for a big day at work or play.

Bacon and Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

Pimento cheese and deviled eggs are two down-home favorites, now combined into one delicious easy-to-make appetizer that will be the hit of any gathering.

Crispy Chicken Fingers with Sriracha Comeback Sauce

Always a crowd-pleasing favorite, crispy chicken fingers are an easy Yardi Gras win. Combine with  Sriracha Comeback Sauce 0r pink fry sauce, for the kids, they’ll keep coming back for more.