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Turn your home into a Mardi Gras party with these recipes for spicy fried chicken and more

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Fat Tuesday marks the end of carnival season and what better way to celebrate than with food and drinks from the Big Easy? Here, Tory McPhail, the executive chef of the world famous Commander's Palace restaurant in New Orleans, is sharing some delicious twists on traditional Cajun and Creole recipes, including a spicy fried chicken seasoned with crawfish boil spices, strawberry beignets and an old fashioned cocktail.

TODAY Show: Tory McPhail, executive chef of Commander's Palace, cooks up chicken and beignets for Mardi Gras -- February 17, 2015.
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"Crawfish Boil" Fried Chicken
TODAY Show: Tory McPhail, executive chef of Commander's Palace, cooks up chicken and beignets for Mardi Gras -- February 17, 2015.
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Strawberry Beignets
TODAY Show: Tory McPhail, executive chef of Commander's Palace, cooks up chicken and beignets for Mardi Gras -- February 17, 2015.
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El Guapo Old Fashioned

This article was originally published Feb. 17, 2015 at 10:44 a.m. ET.

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