Get in the Mardi Gras Spirit with These Fat-tastic Recipes

Feast like you mean it.

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A shrimp stew mixture in a blue bowl

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Among other things, Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is a cheat day to beat all cheat days. So whether you’re actually planning to fast for Lent or just want some festive comfort food to ward away the winter blues, put away your calorie counter and take in some of these deliciously fatty (defined here as all things buttery, fried and sweet) Mardi Gras-inspired foods for dinner and dessert.

Serving a big crowd? This hearty stew has everything we love about Cajun cuisine, from a rich roux and "holy trinity" base to smoky andouille sausage and shellfish.

Weeknight Cooking

Weeknight Cooking

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Charles Masters

Sometimes the answer to our cravings is as simple as a sandwich, or a NOLA po' boy with boldy-flavored Cajun seasoning on shrimp and hot mayo spread.

ULTIMATE SHRIMP AND GRITS Tyler Florence Cooking Channel Milk, Heavy Cream, White Cornmeal, Unsalted Butter, Kosher Salt, Black Pepper, Olive Oil, White Onion, Garlic, Andouille or Italian Spicy Sausage, Allpurpose Flour, Chicken Stock, Bay Leaves, Shrimp, Cayenne Pepper, Lemon, Flatleaf Parsley, Green Onions

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

With a generous helping of heavy cream and roux-based gravy, Tyler Florence's 5-star recipe skimps on nothing.

Warm up your deep-fryer and your tastebuds with these jalapeno and cheddar-filled bites.

King Cake as seen on Valerie's Home Cooking Spicy Mud's New Orleans Favorites episode, season 7.

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Rob Pryce

Of course, it isn’t Mardi Gras without a colorful king cake. Go classic with a yeasty dough and cream cheese filling for Valerie Bertinelli's recipe (or use crescent roll dough for a shortcut version in 8 easy steps).

Add a boozy boost to the end of your meal with frosty, bourbon-laced milkshake, perfect for washing down bites of king cake. 

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Or, combine cake and cocktail into one drinkable delight with this king cake-inspired cocktail.

Host Tiffani Amber Thiessen's dish, Pecan Pralines, as seen on Cooking Channel’s Dinner at Tiffani’s, Season 3.

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Jessica Brooks

However you pronounce the name of this dish (pee-can pray-leen or pu-cahn praw-leen) we can all agree that homemade pecan pralines are a praiseworthy dessert treat. 

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Matt Armendariz

And finally, take some inspiration from across the pond – where Shrove Tuesday is celebrated with pancakes – and make yourself a healthy (as in filling, not healthy) stack of flapjacks, stuffed with Nutella.

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