The Best Beignets to Celebrate Mardi Gras
Let the good times roll with a NOLA-style treat.
Pillowy, sweet and completely irresistible, nothing says “Mardi Gras” like a beignet. Though they are traditionally eaten for breakfast, you’ll welcome these deep-fried delights at any time of day. Pro tip? Beignets are best eaten when piping hot, so grab your powdered sugar and have your appetites ready!
A true New Orleans classic, these doughy squares are fried to perfection and immediately coated in a cloud of powdered sugar. For a real NOLA-style treat, toss the beignets and sugar in a paper grocery bag to snack on while you stroll.
Sorry, banana bread — you’ve officially been replaced. Ripe mashed banana is incorporated into the beignet dough for tons of moisture and sweet, fruity flavor. A quick roll in cinnamon sugar adds the finishing touch to these tiny treats!
You don’t need oil to make a top-notch beignet! The key is to let the dough rise twice — once before kneading and once after cutting. With proper rising, you’ll have a fluffy, delicate dessert that tastes just like the New Orleans original.
A cozy take on the traditional beignet, this recipe calls for mashed sweet potato, butternut squash, cinnamon and anise seeds. Serve with a citrus-molasses syrup for an ultra-luxurious, fall-flavored fritter.
If you’re new to the deep-frying game, Erin’s ricotta beignets are the best place to start. She uses an ice cream scoop to ensure even, uniform pastries — and it’s great for gently dropping the dough in the oil without a ton of splatter. Serve with a hot coffee for a delicious (and energizing) breakfast!