Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Cajun Recipes

Okay Girls to get you all prepared for the great food here in Louisiana .. we are gonna practice!! I am going to be posting some favorite foods and you can try them out on your families.. You have a year to get ready!
Let me just say this.. having grown up here in Louisiana I do NOT understand the concept that everything has to be HOT.. our food has always been known to be flavorful, not just spicy.. so use caution with the hot sauce, because you will bury the other great tastes, unless you "just like everything hot", and some do.. Enjoy!

Crawfish Dip
Serves 8-10

1 lb. crawfish tails (can buy frozen and thaw)
1/2 bunch green onions, chopped
1 stick butter or margarine
2 tbsp. flour
1 can mushrooms, (bits and stems)
1 1/2 cartons sour cream
Salt and pepper
Hotsauce if desired

Saute' 1/2 bunch of green onions, i stick of butter and 1 lb. of crawfish tails until done.. ( a couple of mins.) Add parley and 2 tbsp of flour to thicken. Add 1 can of bit and stems ( mushrooms) and 1 1/2 cartons of sour cream.. salt an pepper to taste.. cook slowly, then serve warm with chips. Enjoy!

Crawfish Fettucine
serves 6-8

1 1/2 sticks of butter
1 1/2 onions, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
2 tbsp flour
1 lb crawfish tails (can buy frozen if necessary and thaw)
1/2 lb. Velveeta cheese, cubed
1 pint Half and Half cream
Parmesean cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 package fettucine noodles
salt and pepper
1 tbsp. pimento
1 tbsp. jalapeno peppers (if desired)

Saute' first 4 ingredients for 15 minutes.. Add flour.. Cover and cook on low fire for 15 mins (sitrring freguently). Add crawfish tails.. stir well. Cover and cook for 10 minutes (sir often!) Add cheeses, cream, garlic, jalapnoes, salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 10 minutes more. Meanwhile boil noodles, drain and pour into sauce.. Gently blend together, then pour into buttered dish and sprinkle on Parmesean cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy~

NOTE: you can use shirmp instead of crawfish in both of these recipes if you cannot get crawfish in your part of the country.
(Both of these recipes were taken from The Louisiana Proud Collection of HOME COOKING cookbook.. )

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