11 Decadent Mardi Gras Recipes for Celebrating Like a True Hedonist

Carnival season is upon us! If you can’t make it to New Orleans this year, consider bringing the city to you ― with food, of course. Here we have po’ boys and gumbos and andouille gravies aplenty. You might have to skip on the bead collecting, but at least you’ll be very well fed. Take “Fat Tuesday” as literally as possible with these 11 classic New Orleans recipes.

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by Emily Mack

Shrimp Po' Boy With Mango

Sandwich po’ = food rich. (via Love and Lemons)

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Gumbo with Andouille and Chicken Thighs

GUMBO, Y’ALL. (via Half Baked Harvest)

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Cajun Dirty Rice With Shrimp

Big and easy. (via Vikalinka)

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Sweet Potato Fries with Andouille Gravy and Pimento Cheese

Make Fat Tuesday even fatter. (via Climbing Grier Mountain)

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Traditional King Cake

Let them eat king cake! (via Brown Eyed Baker)

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Crawfish Boil

Louisiana knows how to food. (SPOILER: silverware is optional) (via Saveur)

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Louisiana Red Beans and Millet

Red beans and rice is not just a meal; it’s a New Orleans institution. For a unique twist, this recipe makes use of millet, a lesser-known grain. (via Wandercrush)

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Buttermilk Beignets

These light-and-airy New Orleans-style doughnuts will have you daydreaming of long mornings spent dawdling over hot, dark coffee in the French Quarter. Do not skimp on the powdered sugar. (via Joy The Baker)

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Lobster Etouffee

Don’t be intimidated by your inability to pronounce this dish. This seafood stew is as down home as it gets. (via Foodie Crush)

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Sweet Potato + Bourbon Pecan Pralines

New Orleans for sweet teeth. (via Leaf Parade)

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Sazerac Cocktail

No, we didn’t forget about booze. Whet your whistle with this local favorite. (via Garden and Gun)