A well-planned New Orleans-themed party could never be described as boring with a buffet that contains a touch of sugar and plenty of spice.

To jazz up your Fat Tuesday party menu, try adding a with a few of these Mardi Gras recipes to the buffet.

Mardi Gras Recipes

Creole Black Beans 'n' Sausage
Cheryl Landers can easily add a Louisiana entree to her table any day of the week with Creole Black Beans 'n' Sausage. I brown the meat, cut up veggies and measure spices the night before, and then assemble and start it cooking the next morning. When I get home, I make the rice ... and dinner is served!
—Cheryl Landers, LaTour, Missouri

New Orleans-Style Chicken
This hearty one-dish meal is loaded with tender chunks of chicken, colorful veggies, beans and rice. It's a favorite of mine.
—Jason Bagley, Pasco, Washington

True Shrimp Creole
A true Cajun dish, this True Shrimp Creole recipe is even better if refrigerated overnight to allow all the flavors to blend.
—Johnnie McLeod, Bastrop, Louisiana

Creole Jambalaya
Creole Jambalaya is a traditional Louisiana dish, coming from our Spanish and French culture. Rice is the main ingredient, with different meats or seafood mixed in. I particularly like this variation with shrimp and ham.
—Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana

Chicken and Okra Gumbo
We used to live in New Orleans, but our stomachs don't know we moved yet. I still make many Creole dishes, and Chicken and Okra Gumbo is one of our favorites.
—Catherine Bouis, Palm Harbor, Florida

Crawfish Etouffee
Crawfish Etouffee is a fun and interesting dish to serve when entertaining. For some, it's an introduction to crawfish and Cajun food. Our favorite seafood restaurant features this dish on their menu and it's fabulous!
—Tamra Duncan, Centerton, Arkansas

Cajun-Style Catfish
This dish features the green pepper, onion and celery combination common to Cajun dishes, but it's not too spicy. It's a colorful and flavorful way to serve our locally raised catfish.
—Irene Cliett, Cedar Bluff, Mississippi

Cajun Rice Dish
A variety of vegetables makes this delicious Cajun Rice Dish a hit with everyone. I team up generous servings with garlic bread and a tossed salad.
—Rose Kostynuik, Calgary, Alberta

Pecan Pralines
I concocted my own recipe for these delectable Southern sweets by adjusting several others I tried. My family thinks these Pecan Pralines have the perfect texture and just the right taste. Packaged in colorful tins, they make great gifts.
—Pat Stevens, Granbury, Texas

New Orleans Beignets
These sweet French doughnuts are square instead of round and have no hole in the middle. New Orleans Beignets are a traditional part of breakfast in New Orleans.
—Beth Dawson, Jackson, Louisiana