Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Spicy Crawfish Tacos w/ Pineapple Salsa

Here's a family fave that is bursting with flavor and is perfect for a quick and easy meal. Serve with my pineapple salsa and a cold beer or nice glass of wine. Enjoy!

 Spicy Crawfish Tacos

1 lb. fresh peeled crawfish tails
3 tbs.'s. butter
1 tbs. olive oil
2 tsp.'s minced garlic
1 small onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped (any color)
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1 tsp. to 1 tbs. Cajun seasoning
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of half a lemon
8 ounces shredded Mexican cheese
8 tacos

Saute the garlic, jalapeno, onions, and peppers in the olive oil and butter in a large heavy skillet for about 5 minutes. Add crawfish and Cajun seasoning, mix well, and saute for about 10 more minutes. Add cilantro and lemon and continue to saute and stir for 5 more minutes.


Line taco shells with shredded lettuce and spoon 1/2 cup of the crawfish filling into each shell. Top with cheese and your favorite taco toppings, and a little sour cream and enjoy! Equally delicious with shrimp! Serve with my pineapple salsa. (recipe below)

Marguerite's Pineapple Salsa

2 tbs.'s fresh lime juice
8 fresh pineapple slices
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, minced
2 tbs.'s red bell pepper, minced
2 tbs.'s green bell pepper, minced
1 tbs. cilantro, chopped

Grill pineapple slices for 3 minutes on each side. Allow to cool, and dice into small chunks and place in a medium bowl. Combine with remaining ingredients, mix well and chill for 30 minutes.
*One large can of drained pineapple tidbits can be substituted for the fresh pineapple.

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Lagniappe

Here's a simple little salad that I love to serve when I'm having a crowd over. A wedge of iceberg lettuce served with red onions, diced Creole tomatoes, jalapenos, smoky bacon, and blue cheese topped with my Creole ranch dressing (recipe below) Cest bon, cher!

Creole Wedge Salad

2 heads iceberg lettuce
2 large Creole tomatoes chopped
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1 or 2 jalapenos, diced (optional)
8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup blue cheese, crumbled

Remove outer leaves from lettuce and core center.  Place lettuce head on cutting board and slice from top to bottom. Remove approximately one inch off each side,  Slice two 2-inch thick slices from center of head. Repeat with second head. Ladle dressing across wedge so that it runs over one side.  Sprinkle the bacon bits, chopped egg, chopped tomatoes, green onions, jalapenos, and blue cheese over the top of the salad. Fab!

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Creole Ranch Dressing

1 (1/4) cups, no-fat buttermilk 

1/2 cup light mayo

1/2 cup light sour cream

1 tbs. Creole mustard

2 tsp.'s white vinegar

2 tbs.'s lemon juice 

1 tsp. crushed garlic

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

1 tbs. fresh parsley, minced

1 tbs. fresh thyme, minced

1 tsp. Creole seasoning

Salt to taste

Whisk ingredients together in the order given, in a mixing bowl. Store in a sealed glass container in refrigerator, for up to one week. Shake well before each use.

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Many thanks and a warm welcome to all of my new followers. I'm so glad to have ya'll, along with all of my old blog buds.  Hope you all are having a wonderful summer week. Merci beaucoup for passing by!
 


8 comments:

Big Dude said...

I don't which I like best, the concept of these tacos or the pineapple salsa - I can imagine how good they are. The ranch dressing sounds delicious as well.

Terry said...

The tacos and salsa sound amazing! Pinning!!

Mona said...

Hey Marguerite, these looks so good...I always love seeing your food...
Love, Mona

Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

Delicious and amazing as always! Thanks for your support as far as my son is concerned. We are hanging in there :)

Eddie Bluelights said...

Late for the party AGAIN!!! . . . . and missed the last one!! I've been a bit distracted lately and therefore absent without leave. As you know my culinary skills are not highly developed so I need to try some more ambitious stuff. These all look very appetizing. Shame I can't get crawfish around here so I am not able to tackle that one in the kitchen but I might just be able to do the Creole Wedge Salad and Marguerite's Pineapple Salsa.
Always love coming over - Hugs

Pam said...

Oh, I'm drooling over your tacos, Marguerite! They sound delicious with the pineapple salsa. And that Creole Wedge is my idea of salad. I love it!!! Thanks for the recipe!

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Marguerite,
Both your tacos and pineapple salsa looks so delicious! Love it!

California Girl said...

The dressing sounds great! I'm guessing there's no missing the higher fat content in the dairy? Jackpot!