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Mardi Gras Foods

Fat Tuesday must be named “fat” for one reason: it’s a celebration meant for going above and beyond, especially when it comes to food. Go all out for this year’s Mardi Gras celebration by getting your cooking (and eating) on! Scroll through for some yummy meals, desserts, and drinks inspired by New Orleans cuisine for a fun Fat Tuesday with the family.

King Cake 1 of 17
You can't have a Mardi Gras celebration without a King Cake. This colorful, cinnamon-laced sweet comes with a special trinket (usually a tiny baby) hidden inside. As tradition mandates, whoever gets it has to throw next year's party!

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Jambalaya 2 of 17
This spicy Jambalaya recipe may be from California, but the Cajun flavor will transport your taste buds to Bayou country.

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Bananas Foster Crepes 3 of 17
Did you know bananas foster originated in New Orleans? We can't think of a better way to celebrate Fat Tuesday and satisfy your sweet tooth than with this crepe of perfection.

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Homemade Bite-Size Beignets 4 of 17
Another classic Café du Monde food, these powdered sugar sprinkled beignets are a sweet way to eat like you're at Mardi Gras! Serve them right out of the oven and they'll melt in your mouth. We promise.

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Red Beans and Rice 5 of 17
This traditional New Orleans meal is affordable and flavorful — no wonder it's a Creole classic!

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Deep Fried Mini Mars Bars 6 of 17
Fat Tuesday only comes around once a year — go ahead and indulge in some deep-fried chocolate.

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Shrimp and Crab Quesadillas 7 of 17
Louisiana is shrimpin' country. Give your little ones a taste of fresh seafood with these kid-friendly shrimp and crab quesadillas.

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Crushed Purple Potatoes 8 of 17
The rich purple color makes these potatoes the perfect side for a Mardi Gras-themed dinner.

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Milk Punch 9 of 17
This creamy (and calcium-packed!) New Orleans drink can be made many different ways — try a kid-friendly milkshake or an adults-only bourbon punch.

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Muffuletta Sandwich 10 of 17
Celebrate Mardi Gras by sinking your teeth into this classic New Orleans sandwich! Layered with meat, cheese, and a spicy spread, it's sure to send your taste buds a-partying!

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Caramel Bourbon Peach Hand Pies 11 of 17
If you can't make it all the way to Bourbon Street, try these yummy peach hand pies flavored with bourbon and caramel. They're a homemade version of the Hubig’s pies that New Orleans natives have enjoyed for generations.

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Pecan Pralines 12 of 17
Sweeten any celebration with these delicious French-inspired confections made from brown sugar, butter, and pecans.

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Tropical Hurricane 13 of 17
Originally named after the type of glass it was served in, this New Orleans favorite can be made sans alcohol for a hurricane of flavor that's perfect for kids.

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Shrimp and Grits 14 of 17
Think grits are just for breakfast? Think again! Make this savory, easy-to-make dish for a classic New Orleans supper.

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Red Beans and Rice Veggie Burger 15 of 17
This burger puts a spicy twist on one classic Fat Tuesday fare: red beans and rice. Whip up these sandwiches to celebrate Mardi Gras with a flavorful kick.

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"Big Easy" Fried Pickles and Red Slaw 16 of 17
If you're vegan, this is a great addition to your Mardi Gras menu. It's a skinny (and tasty) version of a "Big Easy" classic.

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Moon Pies 17 of 17
It’s a little-known fact that packaged Moon Pies are one of the most coveted items thrown at Mardi Gras parades. Making your own from scratch is super easy, and the result is totally scrumptious.

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