8 Mardi Gras Recipes That Are So Decadent, They Give New Meaning To The Phrase "Fat Tuesday"

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Mardi Gras has officially arrived, which means the streets of New Orleans (and other parts of the world) will soon be filled with spectacular floats and sinful behavior. No, not guys downing shots and girls stripping down for beads, though that's bound to happen during the day-long festivities. I'm talking about indulging in the most over-the-top Mardi Gras treats that the Big Easy has to offer.

It should come as no surprise that Mardi Gras, like most holidays, is one dedicated to delicious foods. After all, it's also known as Fat Tuesday. The holiday's gluttonous roots date back to the 18th century, when members of the Christian church decided to feast all day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Lent season. They saw it as their final chance to binge before spending 40 days praying and fasting. Admittedly, a very logical plan.

Because Mardi Gras originated in New Orleans, the home of Creole cuisine, the food options are obviously spicy, sweet, and, above all else, completely decadent. We scoured the Internet for the most delicious-looking Mardi Gras recipes, and found some that are guaranteed to leave your eyes and stomach satisfied. From the customary King Cake to staples like seafood stews and sandwiches, here are dishes that truly honor Fat Tuesday.

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