Nawlins staple: crawfish

It's time for Mardi Gras -- or Fat Tuesday -- a.k.a. an all-day pass to eating, drinking and all-around celebrating before Lent. It's also known as Pancake Day, a nod to the tradition of making use of ingredients such as sugar and eggs before the fasting begins. We've collected some of our favorite L.A. Times Test Kitchen recipes celebrating this raucous holiday. Laissez les bons temps rouler! --Rene Lynch First up: Spinach and crawfish pie. Click here for the recipe.
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