I'm trying to plan a Mardi Grad dinner for around 10 people. I know I want to have red beans and rice for the main course, since it's cheap and traditional and feeds a crowd, and some sort of king cake for dessert.
But does anyone have suggestions for side dishes? Or appetizers I can put out when people arrive? I'm OK with things that have lots of prep work, but ideally I'd like to spend some time with my guests, so nothing that requires me to be in the kitchen individually assembling things at the last minute.
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