02/24/2017 09:32 am ET

Mardi Gras Recipes To Make For Your Fat Tuesday Feast

All hail the beignet.

Whatever your connection to Mardi Gras, if you’re not in it for the food you are doing it wrong. Mardi Gras, otherwise known as Fat Tuesday, is all about indulging in rich, heavy foods. (Fat Tuesday comes right before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a fasting period for Christians.) So on Mardi Gras, we feast.

And because the home of the most famous Mardi Gras carnival celebration is New Orleans, we feast on foods that are inspired by the southern city.

No matter how near or far you are from New Orleans, you can recreate some of its best dishes from the comfort of your home. Yes, even the world-famous beignets. And we have the recipes you need to make that happen ― 18 of them, to be exact.