Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Enjoy the tantalizing flavor of The South in your own kitchen with a Mardi Gras favorite! Our Crawfish Etouffee recipe keeps things simple so you can spend more time celebrating and less time cooking. Grab your ingredients today including on-sale Bell Peppers, get cooking, and Laissez les bons temps rouler!
2 Tbs unsalted butter
2 Tbs all purpose flour
1 cup yellow onions, finely diced
1/2 cup celery, finely diced
1/2 cup green bell peppers, finely diced
1/4 cup green onions, finely sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 Tbs dry sherry
1 1/2 cups seafood stock, chicken stock or water
1 lb crawfish tails
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
3 Tbs fresh parsley leaves, chopped (plus more for garnish)
Long-grain white rice, cooked
In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add flour. Cook to make a light roux, stirring often. Add onions, celery, bell peppers, green onions, garlic, bay leaves, salt and cayenne. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables are soft (about 10 to 15 minutes).
Add sherry; cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add stock and crawfish tails; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add lemon juice. Stir in parsley; remove from heat. Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve over rice, garnished with additional parsley.
Nutritional Information Calories: 182, Fat: 6 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 105 mg, Sodium: 660 mg, Carbohydrates: 10 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 19 g.
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It All Starts With the Roux
The secret behind many of your favorite Cajun and Creole dishes is starting with a good roux. While not a difficult process, making roux does require patience and attention to detail because it’s easy to mess it up. Start out heating your butter or oil in a heavy skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Once it’s hot, add flour gradually, sprinkling evenly into the pan. Reduce heat and cook, stirring continuously until the roux has darkened. Depending on the recipe, this can be anywhere from the color of a penny to milk chocolate. The main thing is to keep the heat low and don’t stop stirring – if you don’t consistently stir the roux, the flour will burn. Note: if you find black flecks in your roux, it’s ruined and you’ll have to start over.
Mardi Gras Themed Meals
With so many traditional dishes to choose from, it’s easy to go overboard with meals and party planning during Mardi Gras. For a well-rounded menu go for Shrimp Dip, Po Boy Sliders and Crab Cakes for appetizers followed by Etouffee, Jambalaya or Gumbo, and finish with New Orleans Bread Pudding and King Cake for dessert. Or you can toss the menu out the window and simply throw down a home style Crawfish Boil.