Homemade Mardi Gras

Celebrate Fat Tuesday the old-fashioned way -- with a classic Bayou feast.
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Mardi Gras is one of the loudest, wildest parties in the world, but the annual event is also another great excuse to cook for friends. Invite your pals over to indulge in lots of Creole, Cajun and French food -- and of, course, some classic cocktails. Hey, it's called Fat Tuesday for a reason!


Coconut Shrimp Beignets with Pepper Jelly Sauce

Oyster, Bacon and Swiss Chard Gratin

Bitter Greens, Tangerine and Blue Cheese Salad

Rum-Raisin Rice Pudding

Classic Hurricane Cocktails

tips + how-tos



Just Bead It

Decorate the table -- and your guests -- with throw bead necklaces. (accentannex.com)

Good Cents

Toss around Mardi Gras Coins (called doubloons) just like the ones from the floats. (accentannex.com)

About Face

Go incognito by wearing a traditional Mardi Gras feather mask. (orientaltrading.com)