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Mardi Gras Appetizers

Looking for Mardi Gras appetizers? Get easy to make Mardi Gras appetizer recipes. Taste of Home has appetizers for Mardi Gras including Mardi Gras wings, Mardi Gras shrimp recipes, and more Mardi Gras appetizers.

Seafood Cakes

Seafood Cakes

Seafood Cakes

Ordinary crab cakes are fine, but my family prefers this version featuring scallops and shrimp as well as crab.

Baked Creole Shrimp

Baked Creole Shrimp

Baked Creole Shrimp

A friend shared this recipe with me after tinkering with different ways to prepare freshly-caught shrimp. Here in the South, we bake the shrimp unpeeled.

Bob's Crab Cakes

Bob's Crab Cakes

Bob's Crab Cakes

When I had my first crab cake, I was hooked from the first bite. I tried many recipes, adding and taking out ingredients until I found what I was looking for. I've used this recipe for more than 30 years.—Bob Kolwyck, Germantown, Tennessee
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Festive Dip

Festive Dip

Festive Dip

This colorful dish is great for all parties and festivities. My daughter loves helping to prepare it! —Donna Kollar, Austintown, Ohio

Baked Crab Cakes

Baked Crab Cakes

Baked Crab Cakes

Reel in a breezy taste of the seashore with these easy and delicious crab cakes from Nashville, Tennessee’s Amelia Sunderland. TIP: For a heftier “burger,” make two larger patties and serve on buns.

Chunky Crawfish Spread

Chunky Crawfish Spread

Chunky Crawfish Spread

Seafood is plentiful here, and crayfish is my favorite. I like to serve this tasty appetizer while the main course is finishing up in the oven. Suggested romance: Shrimp may be substituted for the crawfish.

Crab Mornay

Crab Mornay

Crab Mornay

"I sometimes have unexpected dinner guests, so I keep the ingredients for this easy microwave entree on hand," relates Beverly Callison of Memphis, Tennessee. Prepared pastry shells overflow with a creamy combination of canned crab and mushrooms. "I serve this with a packaged salad and receive lots of compliments on the meal."

Grilled Wing Zingers

Grilled Wing Zingers

Grilled Wing Zingers

My husband fine-tuned this recipe - and the results were spectacular! These spicy-hot grilled wings are true party pleasers. You can easily adjust the heat level by altering the amount of chili powder. The wings take a little time, but they're worth it. -Angela Roster, Greenbackville, Virginia

Zesty Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Zesty Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Zesty Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

"Whenever there's a family gathering, my sister-in-law brings this zesty bean dip, and it's a big hit," report Pamela Smith of Flushing, New York. "Since it keeps well in the refrigerator, it's great to have on hand for unexpected guests."

Spinach Dip with Cajun Pita Chips

Spinach Dip with Cajun Pita Chips

Spinach Dip with Cajun Pita Chips

I learned to make Cajun Pita Chips while working for a caterer. They're deliciously different dippers for my rich and creamy spinach dip. —Julia Morgan, Flatwoods, Kentucky

Sticky Chicken Wings

Sticky Chicken Wings

Sticky Chicken Wings

You'll want to keep an extra stack of napkins nearby once people start reaching for these sweet and savory chicken wings. The brown sugar marinade makes every bite finger-lickin' good! —Laura Mahaffey, Annapolis, Maryland
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