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Sauce Ingredients

½ c chopped onion
celery
green bell pepper
¼ c chopped fresh parsley
3     garlic cloves
4     large green onions
3     bay leaves
butter or oil
3    cans tomato sauce
1    can   petite chopped tomatoes
3T  sugar
1T  chili powder
3 c  prepare knorr chicken stock or chicken bouillon cubes stock
( taste before adding to sauce)

 

Sauce Directions
Individually saute celery, green bell pepper, garlic cloves and onion in melted butter or warmed oil to desired tenderness. Important not to overcook. When cooked place aside on plate separately. Reserve 1/3 for the next preparation. In 6 quart stock pot add all of the above ingredients except reserve. Cook on medium heat,stirring until heated. Once heated, lower stove to low and stir as needed but don’t allow sauce to stick or burn. Cover and simmer 2-3 hours. Add ½ of chopped green onion and parsley to sauce 30 minutes prior to end of cooking time.Transfer pot from hot burner to cool burner. Allow to cool. Remove bay leaves. Pour cooled sauce in blender, ½ full  and blend and pause transfer to a bowl and continue until  all of s is blended to your desired texture and return to pot. Heat again on low stove setting and continue to stir. Remember don’t allow to stick or burn.


Stuffing Ingredients
2 c deveined crawfish tail meat
½ c crawfish claw
3 c  plain or italian bread crumbs
reserved seasonings
1c  milk
3    eggs
cleaned crawfish heads
2   green onions
salt
black, red or white pepper
cooking spray oil

Stuffing directions
Heat oven 325

Clean crawfish heads by removing everything from cavity including eyes and whiskers. Don’t rinse.

Chop crawfish tail meat and place in large mixing bowl. Refrigerate while preparing the remaining ingredients.  Beat eggs and add milk until well mixed.   Add bread crumbs, reserved seasoning, pepper, salt and mix while gradually adding egg and milk until well mixed. Add chopped crawfish tails and continue mixing until well mixed. If not the consistency you desire add more milk, bread crumbs, or chopped crawfish tails. Stuff crawfish heads with mixture.

Spray cooking oil on cookie sheet and place stuffed crawfish on cookie sheet. Bake 18 minutes.

After removing  stuffed crawfish heads from oven, slowly add to sauce using a cooking spatula and add crawfish claws to sauce. Cook for 15 minutes. Serve with white or saffron rice, french bread and garnish with chopped green onions.

Potato, Corn and Crawfish Soup

Potato, corn and crawfish soup

 

 

This weekend we cooked some “Cooked Crawfish”. We boiled our potatoes and corn just like we would do for cooking live crawfish, then we followed the directions for cooked crawfish. Though not as good as live fresh crawfish, “cooked crawfish” are a great substitute for the live when they are out of season. They were truly delicious. As usual, we cooked a lot extra for making other dishes. Once they cooled off, we left them in the ice chest and put a sack of ice on top (leaving the leftovers to peel till the next day).

I took the leftover seasoned potatoes and cut them up. I then put them in a big pot on the stovetop. I filled water to the top and turned on high to boil down. You can also add a little milk or cream, but not necessary. Continue adding water in pot till the potatoes are to the soup consistency that you like (I probably cooked it down for about 3-4 hours. I cut the corn off the cob and threw that in. Depending on how seasoned your potatoes were, you may need to add a little seasoning. While boiling down the potatoes, I put on a good movie, and peel the leftover crawfish (I sneak quite a bit since cold crawfish are really good also). Once the potatoes are the soup consistency that you like, throw in the crawfish tailmeat and you are ready to eat. It is so good!

Recipe: Crawfish, Mango & Rice Salad

Crawfish, mango & rice salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salad Ingredients
2.5 cups of yellow rice
1 lb. of cajuncrawfish.com tail meat
1 sm. cucumber (peeled and diced into small cubes)
2 mangos, (peeled and diced into small cubes, and not too ripe)
3 tbsp of nuts (roasted cashew nuts)
1 carrot (sliced in slivers)
Mesclun or butter lettuce (torn in pieces)

Dressing
1 tsp sunflower oil
2 tsp coconut cream
2 sm. limes (juice)
1 tsp chilli oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp brown sugar

Directions
Cook yellow rice as you would a reg. pot of rice.
Mix dressing ingredients together, making sure that the sugar is all dissolved.
MIx salad ingredients all together (cajuncrawfish tail meat is already cooked).
Add dressing to salad.

 

 

Recipe: Fish Soup

Fish soup

Ingredients

1-1/2 lb. fish fillets (cajuncrawfish red snapper would be the best), cut into 2-in. pieces
1 lb. of cajuncrawfish tail meat
8 oz. clam juice
1 cup onions, chopped
2 lrg. garlic cloves, chopped
2/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup fresh tomato, chopped
2 tsps. tomato paste
6 tbsp Olive oil
1/2 cup dry white wine
Dry Oregano
Tabasco
thyme
pepper
salt

**You can add shrimp or any other kind of seafood to this soup also.

Directions
Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and garlic. Saute 3 or 4 minutes. Add parsley and stir a couple more minutes. Add tomato paste and cook for another 10 minutes. Add clam juice, wine and fish. Simmer until fish is cooked through (5-10 minutes). Add in tail meat. Add in seasoning to taste.

Recipe: Crawfish Salad Brioche

crawfish salad brioche1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 cup minced light green leek
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 pound thawed crawfish tails with their juices
1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
Salt
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 small celery rib, finely chopped
1/4 small red onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded dill pickle
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
Cayenne pepper
8 thin slices brioche loaf, crusts removed,
2 tablespoons finely chopped tomato
Basil sprigs, for garnish

1. Melt the butter in a medium sauce-pan. Add the leek and cook over moderate heat until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Stir in the chili powder and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the crawfish tails with their juices and the bell pepper and season with salt. Cook until the liquid is evaporated, about 8 minutes. Let cool slightly, then refrigerate until chilled, about 1/2 hour.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise with the celery, red onion, pickle, lemon juice, garlic, paprika and celery salt. Stir in the crawfish and season with salt and cayenne. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

3. Toast the brioche. Top each triangle with 1 tablespoon of the crawfish salad, garnish with some of the chopped tomato and a basil sprig and serve.

 

Find complete recipe at http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/spicy-crawfish-salad-on-brioche

Recipe by  DOMINIQUE MACQUET

Duck Gumbo

Duck Gumbo

2 ducks (if you’re from Louisiana, freshly shot!)
1-1/2 cups chopped onion
1-1/2 cups chopped celery
1-1/2 cups chopped green bell pepper
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 jar of light Roux
2 lbs sliced okra
1 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp
1 lb. deer (or italian) sausage, cut into 1/2 inch slices
3 cups water
Seasoning to taste

Place the ducks in a slow cooker, fill with enough water to cover, and cook on Low until juices run clear, about 8 hours. Remove, reserving 3 cups of duck broth, and debone, discarding bones.
Place the water and 3 cups of duck broth into a slow cooker. Add the garlic, onion, celery, bell pepper, bay leaves, and roux. Cook on high until the mixture boils. Reduce heat, and stir in the duck meat, okra, shrimp, and sausage. Season to taste. Cook until thickened, about 30 minutes. Serve over rice.

Crawfish Bisque

crawfish bisquecrawfish bisque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This rich, creamy soup will knock you off your feet! Great as part of a large meal, but meaty enough to use as a full meal.” — Randy Brown

Ingredients
•    6 tablespoons butter
•    1 onion, chopped
•    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
•    2 cups chicken broth
•    3 cups half-and-half cream
•    1 teaspoon salt
•    1 1/2 pounds peeled crawfish tails
•    1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
•    1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

Directions
1.    Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, and cook and stir the onion until golden, about 8 minutes. Stir in the flour until smooth, and cook and stir the mixture until it turns a pale golden color, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the chicken broth, stirring constantly to avoid lumps, then mix in the half-and-half, salt, crawfish tails, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne pepper.
2.    Reduce heat to medium-low, and continue whisking as soup comes to a simmer. Allow the bisque to simmer for about 5 minutes, until slightly thickened. Do not boil.

Recipe provided by www.Allrecipes.com –

Cajun Crawfish Pie

cajun style crawfish pie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients
1 lb of crawfish tail meat (found at www.cajuncrawfish.com)
1 deep dish pie shell
1/4 c. butter
2 tbs flour
1 c. water
1 c. diced tomatoes
1 c. chopped onions
1/2 c. chopped bell pepper
1/2 c. chopped celery
1-1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter in skillet and saute onions, bell peppers, celery, salt, cayenne and black pepper until onions are golden. Add tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cajuncrawfish tail meat and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Dissolve flour in water and add to skillet, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and let thicken 20 to 30 minutes. Pour crawfish mixture into 9-inch deep-dish pie shell and bake about 30-40 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool for ten minutes and serve. Serves 4 people.

Dirty Rice with a Twist

Dirty rice

 

Ingredients
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp annatto powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3 minced cloves garlic
2 tbs chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup chopped onion
1 chopped green bell pepper
1 tbs chili powder
2 tsp annatto or achiote powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
3 chopped roma (plum) tomatoes
1-1/3 cup whole blanched corn kernels
1 cup black beans (cooked and drained) or any cooked bean
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1 thinly sliced red onion
1 tbs fresh lime juice
1 lime (cut into wedges)
1-1/3 cup uncooked white rice
2-3/4 cup water

Optional
Throw in your favorite vegetables… green beans, peas, carrots, etc. Also add your favorite meats.

Directions
1. In a heavy saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and the chopped onions; saute for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Mix in the bell pepper, chili powder, ground annatto, chili flakes, cumin, and cinnamon. Saute for 2 minutes.
2. Pour the rice into the saucepan and stir to coat. Add the water and 1 teaspoon salt, and bring the rice to a boil over high heat. Cover the pan and turn the heat to low. Simmer the rice for 25 minutes.
3. When the rice is cooked, mix in tomatoes, corn, black beans, and pine nuts. Stir in salt, pepper and lime juice. When the mixture is heated through, spoon it onto plates and top with the sliced red onion and cilantro. Serve a wedge or two of lime with each plate to squeeze over the rice.

Recipe: Crawfish Ravioli

Recipe for Crawfish Ravioli

 

Ingredients
• 8 lasagna sheets
• 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter
• 2/3 cup diced onion (about 1/2 large)
• 1/3 cup diced green bell pepper (about 1/2 large)
• 1/3 cup diced red bell pepper (about 1/2 large)
• 1 pound crawfish tails
• 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning
• 1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
• 1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
• 1/4 cup minced fresh chives

 

Salt water and bring to a boil. Add lasagna pasta. Remove pasta from water and transfer to a cutting board. Cut pasta into 8-inch squares and return to pot of hot water in off setting of stovetop.

In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons butter over moderately high heat. Add onion and bell peppers and sauté 2 minutes. Add crawfish, Creole seasoning, and red pepper flakes and sauté 3 minutes. Add tomato and cook 1 minute.

Cube remaining 1 1/2 sticks butter. Reduce heat to low and stir in butter, a few cubes at a time, stirring constantly and adding more only when butter is melted. Add chives.

Arrange 1 pasta square in each of 4 shallow bowls. Divide sauce among bowls and top with remaining pasta squares.