by Rita Monette
My cousin, Russa Suire, who is a cook for a hunting camp in the bayous of Louisiana, came up with this delicious shortcut recipe for crawfish etoufee’, using cream of mushroom soup. In the old days, they used the fat from the crawfish to make a nice thick sauce. It was a lot more work digging that rich yellow fat out of the heads of the crawfish…not to mention the cholesterol.
If you’re not in or around Louisiana, you can get the crawfish meat in the frozen food section of your supermarket.
Cajun Crawfish Etoufee'
2 lbs. cleaned crawfish – you will use only the tails
1 stick butter
2 minced onions
2 minced bell peppers
4 ribs celery, minced
2 cans golden mushroom soup
1 can rotel tomatoes
2 tbsp. minced garlic
1 bunch green onions (finely chopped)
1 bunch parsley (finely chopped)
garlic powder, red pepper, black pepper, salt - to taste
1. Melt butter on low heat.
2. Add onions, bell peppers and celery.
3. Cook and stir until tender. Do not brown.
4. Add all remaining ingredients except crawfish tails. Season to taste.
5. Add enough water to make a thick sauce. Cook on low heat for an additional 30 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking.
6. Add crawfish and cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking.
7. Serve over rice.
Serves 8 to 10 people
While your etoufee' simmers, take a peek into young Nikki Landry's life.
Moving is nothing new for ten-year-old Nikki Landry. Her fisherman father relocates their raggedy old houseboat several times a year in search of better crab fishing spots. However, their latest move has brought her to a mysterious bayou where she feels like something is watching her and her beloved dog Snooper from a nearby island. But when Papa tells her about a local legend that something sinister might be living nearby and stealing the souls of dogs, she fears for her constant companion’s life. Join Nikki as she seeks to discover the truth behind the legend…before it’s too late.
To read an excerpt from HERE.
Rita Monette was born and raised in Southwest Louisiana. After retiring from her “real” job as an administrative assistant, Rita began doing what she always wanted to do…write and paint. Five long years later, Musa Publishing offered her a contract for her debut middle grade novel, The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, which also includes her artwork. Her stories are set in the beautiful, yet mysterious, bayous and swamps of her home state. Rita now resides with her husband, four lap dogs, and one lap cat, in the mountains of Tennessee.
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