There’s nothing like a “Louisiana Saturday Night” the songs says, to me there is nothing like a Louisiana crawfish boil! I can barely sleep the night before a crawfish boil. I love everything about it…well, almost everything, I never sign up for the job to drop the crawfish into the pot, but I am the first to volunteer to get them out! Crawfish boils are social events with a lot of standing, eating, drinking, and talking. In fact, I don’t think I have ever been to a crawfish boil where there were seats around a table. It is part of the experience I think, standing in your spot waiting for the hot crawfish to be poured down the center of the table. If you happen to be in just the right spot, you can even get a free steam facial! Then there are no rules-just eat…and I can eat! When I was in the 8th grade I won a crawfish eating contest and I was the only girl! I am happy to say I still have some of my winning moves. Hubby says I am an endurance crawfish eater for I am usually one of the last few still eating at the table-guess I have embarrassed him a couple of times eating more than men three times my size! I did, however, manage to save some of the goodies from the last boil. The boiler pots don’t get boiling here without potatoes, corn, sausage or boudin, onions, and garlic but eggs, artichokes, and mushrooms are fair game, too.
Leftover Crawfish Boil Fritters: This recipe turns the crawfish tails, potatoes, garlic, and sausage or boudin (I used boudin) into fritters. But not just any fritters-think tater tot and boudin ball meet hushpuppy. The leftover corn makes a rich creamy sauce for serving alongside. (This weeks TUESDAY’S TIP) It’s a very easy recipe just make sure to put the prepared balls into the refrigerator for at least half an hour before frying.
Put your TO COOK IS TO CREATE thinking cap on: What other items do you add to your crawfish pots? Can it be added to the fritters or to the sauce? Mushrooms go great in the sauce. Think about how different flavors of sausage could change the flavor of the fritter. What other vegetables could be used? Eggplant? Keep in mind the seasoning amount, but if you like it spicy, add in pepper jack cheese or jalapenos or both. Want a heartier meal? Make patties of the mixture. Pan fry. Serve over rice with the corn cream sauce. Want to make it supreme? Sprinkle cooked crumbled bacon. Hubby likes his patties served in a wrap with spinach, avocado and the corn sauce as a spread. Not a crawfish lover? Use the leftovers from a shrimp boil or make Sweet-n-Sour Spicy Shrimp Skillet Slaw.
FOOD FUN: Haven’t had your fill of crawfish yet? Get out and have some fun! Head on over to Breaux Bridge, Louisiana for the Crawfish Festival, where you can “make 30,000 new friends” (told you it is a social event!) at “one of the biggest parties in Cajun Country” May 6-8 this year. You can enjoy “crawfish prepared every way imaginable”, watch the crawfish races and catch a parade all while listening to live bands. Yes, you can even compete in a crawfish eating contest-how many pounds can you eat in 45 minutes? I’m always tempted to see if “I still got it” but by the look on my hubby’s face when I mention it, I decide I’ll just keep embarrassing him on a smaller scale!