In a large bucket or cooler, place live crawfish, 3 cups salt, and water to cover. Let stand for 30 minutes, discarding any crawfish that float to the top (which indicates crawfish are dead). Rinse crawfish thoroughly using cold water.
In a large outdoor 60-gallon pot with a crawfish basket, place 2 bags Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seafood Boil, lemons(squeezing juices), and remaining 3 cups salt. Fill halfway with water, and bring to a boil over high heat on a heavy-duty outdoor burner. Add potatoes, corn, and garlic; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
What could possibly make a cheesy dip filled with savory vegetables and crawfish batter? Aunt Celeste knows-- serving it in a bread bowl, of course.For more delicious recipes like this check out our cookbook Growing Up Cajun !
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, bell peppers, and garlic; sauté until tender. Stir in Worcestershire. Add cream cheese, stirring until melted. Add soup, tomato sauce, and vegetable juice, stirring until well combined. Add cheese and half- and-half, stirring until cheese is melted.
Cut top off bread round, and set aside. Hollow out inside of loaf. make sure enough bread is left inside so that the bread does not have any holes. Press bread down inside bowl. Left over bread can be cubed and baked for dipping in crawfish dip.
Place bread bowl on a baking sheet. Pour crawfish mixture into bread bowl.
Bake for 30 minutes. Return top of bread round to bread bowl, and cover entire round with foil. Bake 20 minuted more. Remove top of bread round, and garnish with parsley, if desired. Serve warm with bread pieces and crackers.
Native Americans were catching and eating crawfish for years before the Acadians arrived, although some legends tell of the northeastern lobster following the Acadians to Louisiana and shrinking in size over the long journey. The Acadians took quite well to the local crawfish, and they became a major part of the Cajun culture. Continue Reading
Roll out pastry sheets and cut them in even squares, about 4” x 4”. Add a spoonful of prepared Slap Ya Mama Jambalaya Dinner Mix right in the middle of each pastry sheet. Fold the square pastry from corner to corner, making a triangle shape. In a small bowl, combine eggs and 1 tablespoon of sherry wine; mix well to make an egg wash. Brush each folded pastry with egg wash. Place pastries on a baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees F for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
In a saucepan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter, garlic, shallots and sauté for 2 minutes. Add brandy and flambé (ignite) (optional). Add sherry wine and about a ¼ cup of the juices reserved from the package of crawfish; cook until reduce by half. Add vegetable broth and heavy whipping cream and cook until reduced by half. When the sauce is at a smooth consistency, stir in remaining butter and mix well. Serve as soon as possible.
Place a baked pastry on a plate and generously spoon the crawfish sherry cream sauce over the top of the pastry. Top pastry with basil, serve and enjoy.
Hint: If sauce is too thick, thin it out with a little chicken broth. If sauce is too thin, thicken it up with a slurry, 50/50, mixture of sherry wine and cornstarch.
Rub baked potatoes lightly with olive oil and season with salt if desired. Wrap each potato with aluminum foil and bake in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees F. until the potato is tender to the touch and you can stick a toothpick through it with no problem. This should take about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Remove potatoes from oven and let sit for 30 minutes before removing the foil.
Peel shrimp, leaving tail on, and place in a small bowl, set shells aside for stock. Season shrimp to taste with Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning and let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, add 4 cups of water and shrimp shells into a medium-sized pot over medium heat and allow the stock to simmer until you have reduced the liquid by half. Set aside. Note: For more flavor in your stock, you can add a chicken bouillon cube or 2 teaspoons of Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning.
In a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat, add cooking oil. Heat oil until hot, add shrimp and sauté until pink all the way through. About 2 to 3 minutes on each side, making sure you are turning the shrimp so it cooks evenly on all sides. When done set aside in a bowl and let cool for easy handling.
Slice the potato along the middle; be sure not to cut in half. Using a spoon create a pocked in the potato. Add about 4 to 5 crawfish to each potato and divide the shrimp amongst potatoes, leaving the tail of the shrimp hanging out. Place potatoes on a baking sheet and set aside.
Sherry Cream Sauce
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 medium shallots, diced
¼ cup brandy, flambéed (ignite) is optional
2 cups sherry wine
1 cup shrimp stock
¼ cup crawfish juice, drained from crawfish packaging
1 cup heavy whipping cream
½ cup crawfish tail meat
½ cup green onions, sliced for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter, garlic and shallots. Sautee lightly for about 2 minutes; add brandy and flambé (ignite), stirring constantly. Add the wine, shrimp stock and crawfish juice and reduce by half. Add heavy whipping cream and continue cooking. When the sauce is at a smooth consistency, stir in remaining butter and mix well. Add remaining Crawfish tail meat and cook for another 2 minutes. (The sauce should have the consistency of Alfredo Sauce.)
Hint: If sauce is too thick, thin it out with a little chicken broth. If sauce is too runny, thicken it by adding more heavy whipping cream until the desired consistency is reached.
Spoon some of the sauce over each potato then top with the cheese.
Bake the potatoes in the oven at 400 degrees for about 6 to 8 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.
Divide the sauce amongst 4 plates, spooning it directly onto the middle of the plate. Add the baked potato to the center of the plate then spoon a generous amount of sauce over each potato and garnish with the green onions. Enjoy!
Looking for some Cajun seafood recipes for dinner? Try Slap Ya Mama’s Seafood Lasagna. Our zesty Cajun lasagna features shrimp, crabmeat, and crawfish complete with Slap Ya Mama’s etouffee sauce to really pack a punch in flavor. See full recipe ingredients and prep time.
In a 6 quart pot, add Slap Ya Mama Etouffee Sauce, shrimp, crab and crawfish. (If you don’t have access to crawfish, you can substitute with ½ pound more of shrimp or crab). Add ½ cup of water. Bring to a light boil, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let rest.
Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for approximately 12 minutes. Drain noodles and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese and egg.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
To assemble, spread half of the etouffee sauce mixture in the bottom of a 9” x 13” baking dish. Arrange 6 lasagna noodles lengthwise over etouffee sauce. Spread half of the ricotta cheese mixture over noodles. Layer with one half of mozzarella over ricotta cheese. Spread remaining half of etouffee sauce mixture over mozzarella and sprinkle ¼ cup parmesan cheese. Layer another 6 lasagna noodles and remaining ricotta cheese, mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Cover with foil, making sure it doesn’t touch the cheese.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 30 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
In a 12” skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the onions, peppers and garlic until wilted. Add the flour and stir until a blond roux is achieved, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the sugar, basil, thyme and Slap Ya Mama Original Blend. Add the milk and wine and cook over medium heat until the milk thickens, stirring constantly. Add the cheese and stir until the cheese melts and fully incorporates into the sauce. Add the crawfish tails and cook until heated through, about 4 minutes.
For the catfish:
Sprinkle the catfish filets with Slap Ya Mama Original Blend. In a small bowl, beat the eggs and add the milk. Dip the catfish filets in the milk/egg mixture and then coat with the Slap Ya Mama Fish Fry. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a large skillet. Fry the catfish until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes.
Plate the catfish, spoon the Au Gratin Sauce over the filet and sprinkle a few green onions over the top to finish it off. Enjoy!