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Celebrate Mardi Gras with 17 recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen

Recipe: Mardi Gras king cake

 (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Recipe: Warm chocolate bread pudding

 (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Recipe: Crawfish spinach pie

 (Los Angeles Times)

Recipe: Muffuletta

 (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)

Recipe: Sweet potato pie with pecan streusel

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Recipe: Jack Fry’s shrimp and grits

 (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Recipe: Sazerac

 (Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times)

Recipe: New Orleans beignets

 (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Recipe: Turkey gumbo with artichokes and andouille

 (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

Recipe: Sliced sweet potato pie

 (Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times)

Recipe: Chicken and andouille smoked sausage gumbo

 (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Recipe: Louisiana barbecue shrimp

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Recipe: Caramel banana bread pudding

 (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Recipe: Duck and okra gumbo

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