This year we're celebrating Mardi Gras in true New Orleans style—in other words, with lots of fun (and good eats) leading up to the big day. Want to follow along? Choose your poison with these 9 treats inspired by classics of the Big Easy.
'pralines' on Serious Eats
This bacon praline is salty, smoky, sweet and rich. And best of all, didn't you always want to know how to candy bacon?
Most desserts containing bacon seem, well, a little ham-fisted, but incorporating already-candied bacon into a slightly salty, rich caramel just makes sense. The end result from Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts with Big Flavors is toothsome, smoky, nutty and sweet.
I've heard people wax lyrically about pecan pralines, but peanut pralines were new to me. And when I saw how easy it was to make these three ingredient candies, I had to give them a try.
These pralines are similar in taste and texture to the outside of a Payday bar and, best of all, they're super simple to make.
I suppose I was playing it safe when I chose these Sweet Potato Pralines since the recipe only includes a scant two tablespoons of sweet potato. The finished candy didn't end up tasting all that sweet potato-y at all, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Regardless of the lack sweet potato flavor, the pralines were pretty spot on—sugary sweet with a great crunch and tons of nutty pecan nibs.
This confection may have French roots but it most definitely has a special place in the South too. That's why I get a little twangy and call them pecan prah-leens whereas my boyfriend, who studied French for seven-odd years, is all about the pray-leen pronunciation.