Mardi Gras: The Only 3 Recipes You Need for Fat Tuesday

03/04/2014 at 02:02 PM ET

Hurricane Cocktail
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The only double D’s we want to see during Mardi Gras: Drinks and dessert.

March 4th is Fat Tuesday, which, historically, is a day for Catholics to indulge in absolutely everything that’s bad for them before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and they give up meat, sweets and other vices until Easter. But — as is to be expected with holidays involving fried food and booze — even those who don’t celebrate the religious aspects of the holiday have joined in on the eating.

There may be massive parades and celebrations happening around the world today, but we all know the best parts of Fat Tuesday are, in no particular order: freshly fried beignets, a round of strong hurricanes and a slice (or two) of King’s Cake, a flaky dessert made with ground almonds and puff pastry dough.

Indulge in all three tonight with these easy recipes for punch and beignets from, plus a decadent King's Cake recipe from actor Gilles Marini. Only one rule: No counting calories!

Hurricane Punch (pictured above)
Serves 8

32 oz. red fruit punch
6 oz. frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1⅔ cups light rum
1⅔ cups dark rum
Orange slice, for optional garnish
Cherry, for optional garnish

Stir together all ingredients and serve over ice. If desired, garnish with orange slice and cherry.

Hurricane Cocktail
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New Orleans Beignets
Makes 6 dozen

1 (¼-oz.) envelope active dry yeast
1½ cups warm water (105° to 115°), divided
½ cup granulated sugar, divided
1 cup evaporated milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp. salt
¼ cup shortening
6½-7 cups bread flour
Vegetable oil
Sifted powdered sugar

1. In bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixerombine yeast, ½ cup warm water and 1 tsp. granulated sugar; let stand 5 minutes. Add milk, eggs, salt and remaining granulated sugar.

2. Microwave remaining 1 cup water until hot (about 115°); stir in shortening until melted. Add to yeast mixture. Beat at low speed, gradually adding 4 cups flour, until smooth. Gradually add remaining 2½-3 cups flour, beating until a sticky dough forms. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl; turn to grease top. Cover and chill 4-24 hours.

3. Turn dough out onto a floured surface; roll to ¼-inch thickness. Cut into 2½-inch squares.

4. Pour oil into a Dutch oven to depth of 2-3 inches; heat to 360°. Fry dough, in batches, until golden brown, 2-3 minutes on each side. Drain on a wire rack. Dust immediately with powdered sugar.

King's Cake
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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