Prepare crawfish étouffée, a classic Cajun main dish, in the comfort of your own home. Serve over hot cooked rice with buttered toast for a hearty meal.
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 medium onion, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 large shallot, chopped
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can chicken broth
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
2 pounds cooked, peeled crawfish tails*
Hot cooked rice
Garnishes: chopped fresh chives, ground red pepper
Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and next 4 ingredients; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add flour, salt, and red pepper; cook, stirring constantly, until caramel colored (about 10 minutes). Add next 3 ingredients; cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until thick and bubbly. Stir in crawfish; cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve with rice. Garnish, if desired.
*2 pounds frozen cooked crawfish tails, thawed and drained, may be substituted for fresh crawfish.