Creole Gumbo Recipe from Universal’s Mardi Gras

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Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida is in full swing through the first weekend of June and for many of us, a highlight beyond the beads, parades and bands is the special New Orleans style food found in the French Quarter Courtyard.

There are several authentic Creole and New Orleans options to choose from — you can grab some fluffy sugar coated beignets, spicy jambalaya and one of my favorites, shrimp gumbo.

To share a little of the Mardi Gras spirit, I tracked down the recipe used to create the Creole Shrimp Gumbo here at Universal Studios Florida, and whipped it up with our culinary team in the Universal Orlando Resort kitchens to give you a step-by-step guide for making this awesome dish at home.

But, before we dive into the recipe below, I want to share a little with you about the food offered at Mardi Gras from Steve Jayson, Universal Orlando Resort Executive Chef.

The Universal culinary team’s mission is to give guests the most authentic food possible throughout Mardi Gras. “We don’t deviate from the classics. We know the taste experiences that our guests want, and that is authentic New Orleans-style food.”

“Our Andouille sausage comes from New Orleans, and the recipes, ingredients and preparation methods are classic and true to their origins in creole and southern cooking.”

I also found a fellow gumbo lover in Chef Jayson.

“My favorite item we serve is the gumbo. You can add whatever you want in to the pot to make it yours: shrimp, like we do here, or chicken, or extra vegetables. It can easily be your own creation.”

On that note, here’s the recipe for Universal’s Mardi Gras Creole Gumbo. Try it out at home and let us know how you make it your own. And while you’re at it, Instagram or Tweet us a photo of your gumbo with the hashtag #UniversalMardiGras.


Here’s two more recipes you can try from Universal’s Mardi Gras:

Beignets Recipe

Jambalaya Recipe

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