Our Best Mardi Gras Recipes (cont'd)

cookstons bacon wrapped shrimp
Create an grilled bacon wrapped stuffed shrimp appetizer with only five ingredients thanks to this award winning recipe courtesy of pitmaster Melissa Cookston. Cookston won the 2012 Kingsford Invitational by taking first place in five categories including this delicious bacon wrapped stuffed shrimp recipe. read more
Griddle Grilled Shrimp with Cheesy Polenta Cakes
Shrimp and corn are a match made in heaven. Instead of the usual shrimp and grits, enjoy the combination in this recipe for Griddle Grilled Shrimp with Cheesy Polenta Cakes. A white wine griddle sauce takes this recipe up a notch. read more
shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn on newspaper
This mouthwatering grilled shrimp boil recipe is an effortless family style feast for your backyard cookout. There’s something truly engaging about diving into a steaming hot peel-and-eat shrimp boil, fingers dripping with spicy juices as you devour the tender shrimp, potatoes, sausage, and corn, all done on the grill. read more
pimento cheese stuffed tomato
In the South, you cannot have a social gathering without Pimento Cheese sandwiches. You can buy it in plastic tubs at the grocery, but it is exponentially better when you make it yourself thanks to this tested recipe. It's also rather simple, comprised primarily of pimentos, mayonnaise, and grated cheddar cheese. read more
Smoked pimento cheese sandwich
Pimento cheese is a canvas. Shredded cheddar, mayo, and chopped pimentos are just the start. From there, the sky's the limit. I love this smoky take on the classic, and it's not heresy. Many Southerners "doctor" the original recipe to show their creativity and one up their neighbors. read more
hot giardiniera
Here's a go-to recipe for Italian Giardiniera, a condiment made from fresh vegetables, chopped into small bits and used to top sandwiches and other foods. Giardiniera can be found in every grocery and in the door of every Italian American fridge in Chicago but you've never truly enjoyed its freshness until this recipe. read more
pecan tassie
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this delicious recipe for pecan tassies, mini bite size pecan pies. Crunchy, nutty, gooey, flaky, and easy to pop one after another, these tasty tartlets are often served at Southern weddings, but are most common at Christmas and Thanksgiving, when pecans are still fresh. read more
Grill roasted candied pecans
Candied pecans are always a hit as a snack and this recipe takes them over the top by roasting them on the grill. Serve them straight, mixed with dried fruit, or sprinkled as garnish on your favorite dishes. If you don't have a smoker or grill you can make most of these recipes just fine in your indoor oven. read more
smoked iced cognac
Add an unexpected twist to your bourbon, Bloody Marys, and cocktails with this simple recipe for smoked ice. While it sounds like a challenge, creating smoked ice couldn't be easier, requiring nothing more then some wood, a grill, and ice. The end result is a smoky BBQ addition to virtually any cold drink. read more

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