Crawfish Etouffee

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LOUISIANA-STYLE CRAWFISH ÉTOUFFÉE

Recipe Provided by Restaurant Revolution

Prep Time: 1 Hour

Yields: 6 Servings

Ingredients

·      2 pounds crawfish tails, cleaned

·      ¼ pound butter

·      1 cup diced onions

·      ½ cup diced celery

·      ½ cup diced green bell peppers

·      ½ cup diced red bell peppers

·      2 tbsps minced garlic

·      ½ cup diced tomatoes

·      2 bay leaves

·      1 cup flour

·      ½ cup tomato sauce

·      2 quarts water or shellfish stock

·      1 ounce sherry

·      1 cup sliced green onions

·      ½ cup chopped parsley

·      salt and cayenne pepper to taste

·      granulated garlic to taste

·      Louisiana hot sauce to taste

Method

-      In a 2-gallon saucepot, melt butter over medium-high heat

-      Add onions, celery, bell peppers, minced garlic, tomatoes and bay leaves

-      Sauté 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are wilted

-      Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly until a white roux is achieved

-       Blend crawfish tails and tomato sauce into mixture

-      Cook 5 minutes, stirring to prevent tomato sauce from scorching

-      Slowly add stock or water until a sauce-like consistency is achieved

-      Bring to a rolling boil then reduce to simmer and cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally

-      Additional stock may be needed to retain consistency

-      Remove and discard bay leaves

-      Stir in sherry, green onions and parsley

-      Cook 5 minutes then season to taste with salt, cayenne and granulated garlic

-      Serve over steamed white rice with a few dashes of hot sauce

Meet the Guest Stars
Chef Jeff Henderson | @Chefjefflive

Chef Jeff Henderson rose from humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles to become the first African-American executive chef at the Bellagio Hotel. He has gone on to become a successful TV host with a cable show on the Food Network, a nationally syndicated series called, Family Style with Chef Jeff and the host of Flip My Food. When he isn’t cooking on TV he’s a highly sought-after motivational speaker, sharing the secrets of realizing your potential at... (full profile)

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