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Cook like a ragin’ Cajun (by way of Chicago)

Now we know why it’s called Fat Tuesday! Better known as Mardi Gras, the famed festivities centered on New Orleans are a great time for eating and imbibing, But if you've ever been to Louisiana you know the party begins well before the official kickoff next week. Here to spice up your Mardi Gras celebration are some great recipes from Jimmy Bannos, chef and owner of the Heaven on Seven restauran
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Now we know why it’s called Fat Tuesday! Better known as Mardi Gras, the famed festivities centered on New Orleans are a great time for eating and imbibing, But if you've ever been to Louisiana you know the party begins well before the official kickoff next week. Here to spice up your Mardi Gras celebration are some great recipes from Jimmy Bannos, chef and owner of the Heaven on Seven restaurant in Chicago.

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Garlic Butter SpreadJimmy Bannos

To make the garlic-butter spread, combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

91230152693560492butter6tablespoon6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softenedgrated asiago4teaspoon4 teaspoons grated Asiago, a hard cheese similar to sharp Cheddar and Parmesanroasted-garlic puree2teaspoon2 teaspoons Roasted-Garlic Puree (see recipe above)parsley0.5teaspoon½ teaspoon chopped fresh parsleysaltPinch of saltblack pepperPinch of freshly ground black pepper

Recipes courtesy of Jimmy Bannos, chef and owner of Heaven on Seven, Chicago.