|Written By Recipe Coordinator|
Mardi Gras is a fascinating and historical time of year. This exquisite pasta salad uses one of the official Mardi Gras colors. The colors of the New Orleans Carnival were chosen in 1872 by that year's Rex. By some accounts, the colors were chosen because Rex thought they looked good together. Twenty years later, for the 1892 parade, Rex declared that the colors had meaning: purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. Celebrate the day with this special pasta recipe and Happy Mardi Gras!
1 pound fusilli pasta
½ cup shredded purple cabbage
1 cup whole kernel corn
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup finely chopped green onions
1 cup mayonnaise (more or less to taste)
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
½ teaspoon dried leaf basil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Cook the pasta in boiling water according to package directions. Drain thoroughly and place in a large mixing bowl.
2. In a skillet, melt the butter and sauté the corn for 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Add the corn, cabbage and green onions to the pasta.
4. Add the mayonnaise, a little at a time and toss to coat evenly.
5. Add the mustard, basil, salt and pepper. Toss gently. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
This can be easily packed in airtight containers and brought along to eat along the parade routes. Instead of plates, serve it in paper cups.
Makes 6 servings.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Marcelle Bienvenu for Louisiana Cookin Magazine. Recipe published in the February 2010 edition.