Crawfish Etouffee Louisianas Best Recipe @pinch

Crawfish etouffee is one of Louisiana's staple dishes. Crawfish add a sweet and subtle flavor to the dish. Seafood stock adds to the richness of the etouffee. This recipe is filled with traditional Louisiana veggies and spices that round out the dish. Serve with white rice and French bread. We bet you won't be able to eat just one bowl. This traditional New Orleans recipe was handed down by my mother. Made from scratch, simplicity is what makes it delicious and a favorite in homes and restaurants. Just remember to always use Louisiana crawfish tails, NEVER Chinese crawfish! Many people think that New Orleans food is spicy hot, but that's not true. Many tourist area restaurants over havespice their foods, thus giving Cajun food a wrong image. Real New Orleans cooks season their dishes with the Holy Trinity, (onion, celery, bell pepper), with or without da Pope, (garlic), a dash of heat when needed, and lots of love.

crawfish etouffee louisianas best
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Recipe Cuisine: Cajun/Creole Recipe Category: Other Main Dishes Yield: 6 Servings
Ingredients :
  • 1 stick(s) butter
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 2 stick(s) celery, chopped small
  • 2 tablespoon(s) garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 bunch(es) green onions, sliced (reserve some for garnish)
  • 1/2 - 1 - bell pepper, diced
  • 5 tablespoon(s) all-purpose flour
  • 32 ounce(s) shrimp or chicken stock, or water
  • 4 - chicken bouillon cubes (only if using water instead of stock)
  • 1 pound(s) Louisiana crawfish tails and fat (do not use Chinese)
  • 1/2 bunch(es) parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
  • - salt & black pepper, to taste
  • - tabasco or LA hot sauce (optional)
Intructions :
  • Melt the butter in a heavy large skillet. Don't use cast iron. Saute chopped vegetables for 30 minutes on low heat, but don't brown
  • Add flour to vegetables to make a paste; saute for 5 minutes, but don't brown
  • If you have shrimp or chicken stock use it, or you can make your own chicken broth by dissolving bouillon cubes in water. If all else fails use water and add to vegetable mixture, whisking to prevent lumps
  • Simmer on medium-low for 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste for flavor and add seasonings as needed. No matter how you like it; mild, medium, or hot, just remember that you can always ADD more heat, but you can't take it out. The longer you simmer, the better it will get. If it begins to thicken add more stock/broth/water
  • When ready to serve, add crawfish tails to the sauce and bring to a low boil. Simmer for 5-10 minutes
  • Add parsley. Heat through and serve over white rice, garnish with sliced green onions if desired, and Leidenheimer's French bread. Ahhh, C'est ci bon!
  • *Cooks Notes ~ In New Orleans kitchens the Holy Trinity is a practically required group of seasonings; onions, celery, and bell pepper. When garlic is added it becomes the Holy Trinity wit' da Pope. The recipe can be doubled. I always make my Etouffee as written, though some like it with some tomato in it (Creole style), so in that case, these optional ingredients can be added.1 can diced tomatoes1 lg can tomato sauce1 Tbsp sweet basil

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