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Monday, August 15, 2005

Crawfish Boil

This weekend we had our annual Crawfish festival, so we tested Crawfish Boil--even though our recipe testers had already approved it. We purchased 5 pounds of lively crawfish and had another couple over for dinner. We spread newspapers all over the table and had a family-style indoor picnic. The recipe came out spectacular! If you can't find Zatarain's seasoning in your local grocery store (like me), just go online and order it at Some regions don't carry it yet. Even Crawfish can be purchased online. Here's our tested recipe. Enjoy!!! And let me know what you think...

Crawfish Boil
The Crawfish Boil is a Louisiana tradition. A well seasoned pot of water sets the perfect stage for flavoring the sausage and vegetables. Add the crawfish and you have a meal in a pot. Spread newspapers out and make it a family-style picnic. This is a social event, meant to be enjoyed with company.

Serves 4

1/4 cup kosher salt
2 lemons, halved
1/4 cup Zatarain or Old Bay seasoning mix
3 medium onions, quartered
3/4 pound andouille sausage, cut into 2-inch lengths
1 pound new potatoes, scrubbed
4 ears corn, halved
5 pounds crawfish, cleaned

1. Fill a 5-gallon broth pot with about 3 gallons water and bring to a boil.
2. Add the salt, lemons, and seasoning mix and boil for 5 minutes.
3. Add the potatoes and corn and cook for 10 minutes, or until potatoes are mostly tender but not completely done. Add onions and sausages, and boil until the potatoes cooked, about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the crawfish and cook until the crawfish are red, about 6-8 minutes. Drain immediately and serve.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the crawfish festival local? Or do you mean your own personal crawfish"festival?" Sounds like fun!

6:16 PM

Blogger Richard Perry said...

Every year we have a crawfish festival in Tualatin, Oregon. There's a few bands, some vendors, and activities--a few thousand people. The crawfish come from a nearby lake and they are tasty!

6:40 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is actually a crawfish festival here--in Spring, IH-45,just north of houston, exit FM2920. This weekend is the last weekend, April 27-28, until next year. It started the weekend before. It's a two week festival! Woohoo!

10:45 PM


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