Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Taking a Break + Spicy Crawfish Fettuccine


First I'd like to thank all of my new followers and extend a warm welcome to all of you. Also, many thanks to everyone for all of your lovely comments and for your continued visits and support. I am taking a little blog break due to family concerns, but hope to be back soon and be able to visit with ya'll again. My dear 90 year old father has been in the hospital for a week now, after falling,  last Wednesday. He is doing a lot better now and should be going home soon. Merci beaucoup for stopping by! Meanwhile, I will leave you with one of my favorite recipes. Bon appetit!

Spicy Crawfish Fettuccine

1 lb. fettuccine pasta
1/2 cup butter 
1/2 cup flour
1 lb. fresh crawfish tails, peeled and deveined
1 tbs. or more Cajun or Creole seasoning, divided

1/2 lb. Velveeta w/ Jalapeno cheese, cut into squares
Salt and Tabasco to taste
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped

1 bell pepper,  chopped
1 cup half and half
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup green onions, sliced

 
Rinse and season crawfish with 1 tsp. Cajun or Creole seasoning and set aside.

 
Cook fettuccine, according to package directions. Drain rinse, and set aside.

 
Melt butter in a large heavy skillet on medium heat and saute onion and garlic till soft. Add flour and stir until blended, but not brown. Add crawfish and continue to cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Lower heat and add half and half, Velveeta cheese, other tsp. Creole seasoning, salt, and Tabasco, and cook and stir until cheese melts. Slowly add 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese, a little at a time, stirring often. Add parsley and green onions and simmer and stir for 10 minutes or until thickened. Combine with fettucine and mix well. Transfer to a buttered baking dish, top with other half of the Parmesan cheese, and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Serves 4


The delicate garlic-butter, cream sauce compliments the spicy crawfish perfectly. I like to make this recipe when I'm in the mood for pasta. Serve with a big tossed salad and french bread and maybe a nice glass of wine. Cest' bon, cher! Enjoy!

For my Creole Seasoning Blend recipe, click here.

25 comments:

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

It's one of my favorites too Marguerite. Take care of yourself - it's so easy to get worn down in a crisis like this. I'm glad your dad is better & will be home soon. Prayers & hugs, God bless.

Joanne said...

I'm sorry to read this, Marguerite. Hope your Dad is feeling better and will be comfortable in his own home soon! Take care, sending good thoughts your way.

Linda Starr said...

So glad your dad is doing better, take all the time you need and here you thought of us with another great recipe. thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

I don't know how I found your blog, but I am so glad I did. Thank you so much for sharing your family recipes. I have a wonderful cookbook that I reference but it pales in comparison to your tried and true family recipes. I hope your Father feels better soon.
Lisa

ellen abbott said...

we'll miss you.

Big Dude said...

The pasta looks great and I'll look forward to your return - take good care of you Papa.

MM said...

Have been wondering about you since you haven't posted in a while. Sorry to hear about your dad's fall. Best wishes to him and your family.

nanny said...

We will miss you! I hope your dad does well....
If you are doing the cooking for him he will be running in no time..
Best wishes to dad.

sussah said...

Hi Marguerite, make him a batch of this recipe, and that will make him feel much better. Good luck to all of you, sp

Pam said...

Marguerite, we will surely miss you here, but you definitely left us with a great recipe. Take care of your father and yourself also. I hope he feels much better soon and that you will be back with us before long. Best wishes to you all...

Eddie Bluelights said...

Clever message in the sand - it would have been truly miraculous if you could have done it without any footprints LOL. I for one am going to miss your graceful presence from BlogLand and look forward to your return after your well deserved rest. Might take a bloggy break myself soon.
Meanwhile I shall have to make a lorry load of Slow Cooker Ham and White Bean Soup to keep me going until your return.

I do hope your father recovers fully, and soon. Bye for now cher

Vagabonde said...

That is a lovely picture in the sand. I am sorry about your father’s fall. I hope he will soon be feeling better. All my best wishes for his speedy recovery.

Pooch Purple Reign said...

all the best to you marguerite ! come back soon
~laura xx

The Good Cook said...

Come back soon and many blessings to your father for a complete recovery.

GYPSYWOMAN said...

many caring and healing thoughts to you all - each of you - it's important to stop every once in a while no matter what else and just take a moment to savor the sun - and family - and self - thinking of you - with much affection - jenean

Mona said...

Marguerite, I am sorry to hear about your Daddy..I hope he has a complete recovery. I will miss you while you are gone...but I understand and remember to care for yourself too....
Mona

Cloudia said...

blessings on your whole family!



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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Marguerite .. many thoughts to you .. I can feel your needs, love and care right now - your father is so important for as long as he needs you ..

With a lot of thoughts .. Hilary

Velva said...

Sending wishes for a speedy recovery and we will be here when you return.

Velva

Angie Ledbetter said...

Sending prayers for Daddy's recovery and for all the caregivers. Hope everything else is good with/for you. I've missed stopping by here to see your Cajun Delight menu items! Hugs

rosaria said...

I don't have access to crawfish, but I bet shrimp can sub for it.

Kat said...

Marguerite, I am thinking of you and hope all is well. Sometimes we have to take these breaks. Hoping your father is doing okay. Love.

Mona said...

Marguerite,

I was just thinking about you and wanted you to know ..I hope everything is going good with you and your Daddy....

Mona

Magic of Spice said...

Sending you hugs and warm wishes!

DebbieTibbs said...

I hope your dad is doing better. Sending prayers your way:)