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Crawfish Etouffee Recipe  etoufee recipes

Ingredients

1/2 c oil or margarine
1/2 flour
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 large celery stalk, finely chopped
3 fat cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 c fairly rich shrimp broth
1 T lemon
1/2 c crawfish fat (substitute 3-4 T crawfish liquid or crawfish stock)*
1 T lemon juice
1 t salt (omit if using crawfish stock)
1 T fresh parsley (1 t dried)
1/2 t cayenne pepper
1/2 t black pepper
1/2 t thyme
1 bay leaf
1 lb frozen crawfish, all liquid included
2 large scallion tops, sliced
cooked converted rice

Directions

Make a medium dark roux by whisking the flour into the oil over medium heat and cooking, stirring constantly, until the mixture is the color of chocolate. Add the onion along with the celery and garlic, and sauté over medium low heat until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Slowly add the shrimp stock, and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer, and add lemon juice, crawfish fat/stock/liquid, and the spices. Simmer 15 minutes. Add the crawfish and any liquid, bring to a rapid simmer, reduce to a low simmer, add the scallions, and simmer just until the crawfish are tender, about 10 minutes. Adjust seasonings. To serve, mound some rice in a plate, and ladle some of the etouffee on top. This recipe makes about 4 servings. Note: Crawfish fat gives the dish its characteristic flavor. In New Orleans, it can be bought in the stores, but it's tough to find elsewhere, so substitute. If you do find it, keep it refrigerated, as it is very perishable. By crawfish liquid, I mean any run off from frozen crawfish. Whenever you use crawfish for another reason (making Cajun popcorn, say), you should save any liquid from the inside of the package that remains after defrosting. This liquid is mainly water, but it will be orange in color from the crawfish fat and meat. Finally, to make crawfish stock, take a dozen or so crawfish heads left over from a crawfish boil, and cover with some of the left over cooking liquid or water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for several hours. At the end of simmering, strain the stock, and reduce in half. Be careful when using this stock because it will be very salty. Omit any salt from the recipe, and adjust at the end.


Crawfish Etouffee Recipe

This dish begins with a roux - or the browning of flour in a fat or oil for use as a thickening agent.

Ingredients

4 teaspoons Louisiana Hot Sauce
1 small Bell pepper, diced
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup flour
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 cup fish stock or clam juice
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf freshly ground black pepper
1 pound crawfish, peeled
1/2 cup chopped scallions, including the greens

Directions

To make the roux: Heat oil in a heavy skillet until hot. Gradually stir in the flour and stir constantly until the mixture turns brown. Be very careful you don't burn roux. Sauté the onions, garlic, celery, and Bell pepper in the roux for five minutes. Add the tomatoes, stock, basil, thyme, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat and simmer for fifteen minutes or until it thickens to a sauce. Add the hot sauce, crawfish, and scallions and simmer for an additional five minutes or until the crawfish/shrimp are cooked. Remove the bay leaf and serve. Serving Suggestions: Serve with celery seed coleslaw, green beans, and corn bread. Variations: Use shrimp or lobster meat in place of the crawfish


Chicken Etouffee Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 fryer, cut in serving pieces
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup oil paprika salt and pepper

Directions

Season fryer generously with paprika, salt and pepper. Heat oil in heavy bottomed pot with a lid. Fry the chicken to a golden brown, turning the pieces occasionally. When meat is brown cover with lid and reduce heat. Cook about 30 minutes, adding a tablespoon water if necessary. Uncover and add onion. Cover and cook until tender, stirring occasionally. Serve with cooked rice.


Crawfish Etouffee Recipe

Ingredients

1 lb. cleaned crawfish tails, commercial kind
crawfish fat and water to make 3/4 cup
1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste
1 stick margarine or butter
1 medium onion, chopped fine
1 heaping teaspoon all purpose flour
1 tablespoon parsley
1 teaspoon salt
2 very thin slices lemon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon green onion

Directions

Use a saucepan with a tight fitting lid to etouffee, (French for smother). Season crawfish tails with salt and pepper, set aside. Melt butter, add onion, cook over medium heat until tender. Stir in the flour, blend well. Add water, crawfish fat, lemon, tomato and garlic. Cook slowly, about 20 minutes, and add a little more water occasionally. When sauce is done, add crawfish tails, cover with lid. Cook 8 minutes. Season again, to taste. Add green onion and parsley, cook 2 minutes longer. Serve on steamed rice. Garlic bread and green salad is a good companion to crawfish etouffee. COOKING TIP: Commercial crawfish are pasteurized and practically cooked. If you are using live crawfish, wash, then scald in boiling water. Clean them, picking off the shells, leaving tails whole. Save crawfish fat. When tails and fat from live crawfish are added to cooked mixture, it should be cooked 10 or 15 minutes longer.

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