crawfish chef Susanne Duplantis 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. crawfishpourIf you happen to be in just the right spot, you can even get a free steam facial! crawfishpile Then there are no rules-just eat…and I can eat! crawfisheaterWhen 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.SAMSUNG CSC

Leftover Crawfish Boil Fritters: Makeover My Leftover Crawfish FrittersThis recipe turns the crawfish tails, potatoes, garlic, and sausage or boudin (I used boudin) into fritters. SAMSUNG CSCBut 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. crawfish fritters

Leftover Crawfish Boil Fritters with Creamed Corn Sauce
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Leftover Crawfish Boil Fritters with Creamed Corn Sauce

Ingredients

  • For the Fritters:
  • 1 cup leftover crawfish tails
  • 1/2-1 link of leftover boiled boudin or sausage,chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 leftover boiled garlic cloves (or more depending on preference)
  • 1 medium or 3-4 small leftover boiled potatoes, cubed
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 leftover mini boiled corn on the cob, kernels cut off
  • 1 TBSP flour
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1 TBSP chopped bell pepper or onion, optional

Instructions

  1. For the Fritters: In a food processor, add onion and sausage or boudin. Mince. Add potatoes and garlic. Give it a few pulses. Add crawfish tails, pulse just until chopped fine. Remove mixture to a bowl.
  2. To the bowl, add the beaten egg and Worcestershire sauce. Mix all ingredients together well.
  3. Using moistened hands, roll the mixture (heaping tablespoons) into small balls.
  4. Put balls onto a plate lined with wax paper and refrigerate for at least 1/2 an hour.
  5. Deep fry for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. For the sauce: In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 TBSP butter (and onion or pepper, if using).
  7. Blend in 1 TBSP flour, 1/4 tsp white pepper, 1/2 cup milk or cream, and the corn kernels.
  8. Stir constantly until desired thickness.
  9. Serve fritters with sauce!

Notes

Fritters can be oven fried or pan fried or made into patties. Leftover crawfish tails can be added to the creamed corn sauce for a baked potato topping. Recipe can easily be doubled. Boiled shrimp can be substituted.

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See how easy? The only problem will be not feeling guilty while eating the fritters Crawfish Fritters-Makeover My Leftover and watching out for those wanting a bite Crawfish Fritter Critter…hard not to share!Crawfish Fritters-Makeover My Leftover

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!

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3 thoughts on “Crawfish Boil Fritters

  • March 11, 2017 at 5:34 pm
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    what can you do with leftover cooked crawfish. Can they be frozen and used another time.

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    • March 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm
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      Great question! Yes, cooked crawfish can be frozen. Use crawfish in pasta alfredo, enchiladas, omelette, chowders, quesadillas, or just about any recipe calling for shrimp. Leftover crawfish and cheese make a quick baked potato topping or stuffed potato, too. Don’t forget you can use the shells and heads to make a crawfish stock, too.
      Thanks for following my blog.

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  • April 16, 2016 at 12:29 pm
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    WOW! CRAWFISH BOIL FRITTERS WITH CREAMED CORN SAUCE…CANNOT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!!!!! My mouth is watering already. Love, love , love crawfish and this is a great way to “makeover my leftover” critters. Easy recipe and oh, so delicious! The most difficult thing to this recipe is SAVING the crawfish after a boil. 🙂

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