It’s boiling outside! It’s that wonderful season of the year…crawfish boil season. It is my favorite season. I’m definitely a crawfish craving maniac. When I told hubby I was writing about crawfish, he made me promise I would not disclose how many pounds of the delicious crustaceans that I consume at a crawfish boil. I think he was afraid of the embarrassment it might cause him. Let’s just say our crawfish eating “abilities” vary greatly. (I do peel three crawfish to his one!) He is happy with one crawfish boil per season as opposed to my “can never get enough in one season” view. His “can never get enough” is boiled shrimp. So we have to have both-shrimp and crawfish. It happens to be a win-win for both of us. More crawfish for me, more shrimp for him. He loves the boiled corn, not the boiled potatoes. I love both, but considering there are usually more potatoes than corn, it usually means there are leftover potatoes.
Leftover potatoes are perfect for Crawfish Fritters or smashed potatoes covered in cheese. After all, it is the perfectly seasoned potato, so use the leftover potatoes in some of your favorite potato dishes, like potato salad. Potato salad, that’s another food disagreement in our house, I love it, hubby hates it. But then again there isn’t much that I won’t eat! He doesn’t like eggs, so that takes most potato salads off the board; he doesn’t like mayonnaise, more off the board; he doesn’t like mustard soaked salads either. In fact, this leftover boiled potato salad is the only one he will eat. This salad is very versatile. It can be served on a bed of spinach or shredded iceberg lettuce, as a true “antipasto” with crackers as an appetizer, or stuffed into a tomato or an avocado. No matter how you choose to serve it, the lemony dressing really gives this potato salad a light refreshing flavor.
Put your to TO COOK IS TO CREATE Thinking Cap on: What else do you have leftover from a crawfish or shrimp boil? Asparagus? Any boiled meats like boiled sausage? Add it. If not stuffing into a tomato, add cherry tomatoes. Think about how switching out the mozzarella cheese for feta could change the flavor. Cheeseaholic? Add provolone and parmesan. Not a black olive fan? Add green olives or stuffed olives. Have some lunch meat, like ham, or salami in the fridge? Add it. Onion fan? Add diced red onion or even cocktail onions. Are you an anchovy lover? Add some. What are some other antipasto items you could add? Peperoncini? Pickled cauliflower? Carrots? In a pinch for time, omit the vegetables and add in a jar of Giardiniera vegetables. Think about how else you could enjoy this salad. What do you enjoy with a potato salad?
FOOD FUN: To me there is no other food fun as fun as a crawfish boil! For those of you not familiar with crawfish boils this is a perfect video and song by Morgan Blanchard. It is worth sharing and will fill you in on all the fun “mudbug” details and for my Louisiana folks…just grab a beer!