By Rori Trovato (read more about this expert)Photography by Luca Trovato
Traditionally rich and filling, Mardi Gras meals are designed to use up the fat and sugar in one's cupboard before Lent, and, I wager, to sustain one's constitution during a day packed with festivities. Hosting your own Mardi Gras party? Here are four creative dishes that you might not necessarily find on a Mardi Gras menu. The Pretend Turtle Soup is a meal in itself. Serve it up with the Yam Biscuits, and you're all set. Finish off the meal with one of iVillage's top 10 Mardi Gras dessert recipes
, from luscious Bananas Foster to decadent New Orleans Bread Pudding. They don't call it Fat Tuesday for nothing!