Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. During the medieval times, Lent meant you weren’t allowed to eat any foods with milk, butter, or eggs in them. In order to “get rid” of these foodstuffs as well as celebrate eating what they could, the people would bake extravagant meals and treats to use up their ingredients on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. This is where Fat Tuesday and all of its subsequent sweets and treats come from. Each culture has their own version of Fat Tuesday and RecipeLion.com presents to you a sampling of Fat Tuesday recipes from some of those cultures.
Mardi Gras (Louisiana)
It has been over 200 years since Thomas Jefferson bought The Louisiana Purchase from France, but there are still obvious French influences in Louisiana and New Orleans. One example, “Mardi Gras” literally means “Fat Tuesday” in French. Mardi Gras is probably the biggest Fat Tuesday celebration within the United States and there’s no better way to celebrate the holiday than with these King Cake Cupcakes from Fort Mill SC Living.
Paczki Day (Poland)
Outside of Warsaw, Poland, Chicago, Illinois is the largest city in the world that has the biggest Polish population in it. Seeing as how I have lived in the Chicagoland area for almost all of my life, I am very used to the Polish culture- especially their food. Around every Ash Wednesday, stores are flooded with these Polish doughnuts, or pacski, and Magda’s Cauldron has the best recipe for Paczki ever. Pacski makes for the best and quintessential Fat Tuesday recipes of all time.
Citta e Carnevale (Italy)
Citta e Carnevale (or Carnevale for short) is a celebration where Italian children wear costumes and throw a parade in the streets. If that wasn’t enough fun for the kids, they get to eat delicious treats. One such classical treat, and an amazing recipe you can get from Manu’s Menu, are Tortelli di Carnevale. This traditional sweet is a fluffy fried dough covered in sugar. It is also incredible!
Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day (London)
There is a day in England that is dedicated solely to eating pancakes all day? Why have I not known this all of my life?! These Red Velvet Pancakes from Kitchen Konfidence are delicious and decedent and fits the theme of Fat Tuesday perfectly. These and other pancakes are amazing Fat Tuesday recipes.
What is your favorite part about Fat Tuesday?
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