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The Fat Tuesday Recipes That'll Help You Celebrate Mardi Gras Right

Let the good times roll.
02/09/2016 08:42am ET | Updated February 24, 2017

In the UK, Fat Tuesday is known as Shrove Tuesday ― a day celebrated by eating a stack of fluffy pancakes. In Poland, it’s Paczki Day ― which refers to the jelly-filled doughnuts they eat the day before lent. And for Americans, Mardi Gras is basically synonymous with New Orleans, home to some of the best (and richest) foods in the country.

We take our Fat Tuesday food very seriously, and that means finding the most delicious recipes to celebrate. If you’re supposed to indulge this one day of the year, why not really go for it with the best New Orleans has to offer? This Fat Tuesday, let the good times roll with the 17 festive recipes we have for you below.

And just because these recipes are worthy of Fat Tuesday, doesn’t mean they’re all over-the-top. Some of these, like the shrimp etouffee recipe we found, is good enough ― and healthy enough ― to enjoy any day of the year. Enjoy!

1
Slow Cooker Jambalaya
Spicy Southern Kitchen
Get the Slow Cooker Jambalaya recipe from Spicy Southern Kitchen
2
Puffy Pillow Beignets
Lady and pups/Food52
Get the Puffy Pillow Beignets from Lady and pups via Food52
3
Shrimp Etouffee
Simply Recipes
Get the Shrimp Etouffee recipe from Simply Recipes
4
Chocolate Praline Cake
Spicy Southern Kitchen
Get the Chocolate Praline Cake recipe from Spicy Southern Kitchen
5
Gumbo Dip
Annies Eats
Get the Gumbo Dip recipe from Annie's Eats
6
Crawfish Bread
Spicy Southern Kitchen
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7
Fried Catfish Po'Boys
Girl Carnivore
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8
Quick Biscuit Beignets
Spicy Southern Kitchen
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9
Crawfish Fettuccine
Spicy Southern Kitchen
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10
Bourbon Pecan Pralines
Brown Eyed Baker
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11
Jambalaya
Gimme Some Oven
Get the Jambalaya recipe from Gimme Some Oven
12
Classic Bread Pudding
Simply Recipes
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13
Secret Gumbo
Half Baked Harvest
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14
Shrimp Po' Boys With Avocado Mango Slaw
Half Baked Harvest
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15
Banana Nut Pancakes
A Beautiful Mess
Pancakes are typically associated with Fat Tuesday because on this day Christians would use up all their eggs, butter and eggs which were forbidden during lent.

Get the Banana Nut Pancakes recipe from A Beautiful Mess
16
Passion Fruit Hurricane
Spicy Southern Kitchen
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17
King Caked Filled Two Ways
Lemon Sugar
Get the King Cake Filled Two Ways recipe from Lemon Sugar
18
Moon Pies
Brown Eyed Baker
Get the Moon Pies recipe from Brown Eyed Baker

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