Festive Cajun and Creole Dishes for Mardi Gras

Break out your beaded necklaces - Fat Tuesday is here! Even if you can't be in New Orleans for the big festivities, you can still grab a slice of King Cake and eat other gloriously rich southern foods fit for royalty right at home. Fix yourself a batch of crispy buttermilk fried chicken and flaky biscuits, and drizzle it all in creamy country gravy - or throw together shrimp, sausage, and chicken into a delicious jambalaya or gumbo! Good eats like these are worth celebration all on their own.

Creamy Crawfish Etouffee (from Jennifer Cooks)

Creamy Crawfish Etouffee

Homemade King Cake (from Judicial Peach)

Homemade King Cake

Blackened Catfish (from Sel et Sucre)

Blackened Catfish

Buttermilk Biscuits (from Honey & Jam)

Buttermilk Biscuits

Cajun Brown Shrimp Jambalaya (from La Casa de Nanan)

Cajun Brown Shrimp JambalayaNew Orleans-Style BeignetsCatfish Po'boys with Broccoli Slaw

Creole Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo (from Cooking in Sens)

Creole Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo

Cajun Fried Chicken Wings (from Life's Ambrosia)

Cajun Fried Chicken Wings

Rosemary Shrimp & Sweet Potato Grits (from Teaspoon Communications)

Rosemary Shrimp & Sweet Potato Grits

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