Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mardi Gras Lagniappe' + Cajun Crawfish Quesadillas

Last weekend in Cajun Country was so much fun and this weekend promises to be an absolute blast! It will be party hardy time and time for some serious Mardi Gras-ing!


We started off on Saturday, at Agave' Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, sipping a frozen Margarita and having a little bite to eat. I ordered my favorite, Fiesta Salad , and worked my way up to some succulent crawfish quesadillas. Out of this world, cher!

The Krewe de Chiens, (doggie parade) was set to roll at 2:00 pm and Agave' is right on the parade route. It was a beautiful day, and the crowd was jubilant! Thousands of doggie lovers and their pets lined the streets of downtown Lafayette to watch the costumed canines strut their stuff. What a blast!

Click here for the Lafayette Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

Here's another spicy Cajun favorite that's easy to prepare and melts in your mouth. Shrimp can be substituted for Crawfish and the "heat" can be adjusted, as well. Ca' cest' bon!
Cajun Crawfish Quesadillas

3 tbsp.'s butter
1 large onion, chopped 
1/2 cup green onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 lb. crawfish tails
1 can hot or mild enchilada sauce
1 (4 oz.) can green chilies, drained 
Salt to taste
1 tbs. Tony's Creole seasoning
1- 10-count package flour tortillas
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

In large Dutch Oven, saute the onion, bell pepper, green onion, Tony's seasoning, and crawfish tails, on medium heat, for about 20 minutes.

Pour in mushroom soup, enchilada sauce, and green chilies. Stir and mix well. Add salt to taste. Stir, cover,  and simmer for 20 more minutes. Spoon enough mixture, to cover the bottom of a large casserole dish.
Begin layering tortillas in dish 2 or 3 at a time. Spread mixture on top, sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Repeat in layers.

When complete, sprinkle top with remaining cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Bake in 350 degree oven until cheese melts.


Serve with a tossed green salad. Serves 6.

Just in case you missed it, here's a clip of the New Orleans Saints victory parade! Woo Hoo! Geaux Saints!


Kat said...

Quesadilla sounds yummy. What a fun time of year for Cajun country! Enjoy.

Joanne said...

Lovin' that Pooch Parade! The fun just keeps rolling there :)

California Girl said...

i'm cut & pasting the quesadilla recipe and researching your older posts for yo mamma's shrimp stew (I think that's right) so I can make soon.

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

Great fun... great recipe.

There are no plans in Kansas City for any Mardi Gras activities except for a chain restaurant... sigh

live the life for us and blog away!

Rosaria Williams said...

Lots to catch up and eat with my eyes. Go Saints!

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Mercy me, those quesadillas are killer! I am so making these for The Husband. Love the purple hair.

Marguerite said...

Kat- Merci beaucoup, for the sweet compliment! Everything is yummier with crawfish in it! lol Oh, it is soooo much fun, and thanks, I will enjoy every minute of it, cher!

Joanne- This Pooch Parade was just one of three parades that we went to, over the weekend! I'm still uploading the pics! The big ones will be rolling for the next five days! Lots of fun!!! Stay tuned!

Cal. Girl- Thanks so much for wanting to try the recipes! The shrimp stew is only two posts back. Just scroll down for the recipe, cher! I will have a Banana Colada in your honor! Cheers, cher!

Laura said...

Oh Marguerite-
Those Saints were awesome.
We were screaming in my living room.


aslan said...

I wish you a very nice week end.

Regards from Turkey

Malisa said...

Oh, my gosh! I love your blog! My husband asks me every day what your recipe is so I can make it! What can I say? I WAS on Weight Watchers...but now I am on the Cajun Delight diet!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Happy Mardi Gras! (Dontcha feel sorry for people who don't live here?) :)

Marguerite said...

Dave- Thanks, cher! You will be in the Virgin Islands, soon. Just keep telling yourself that! You know that I will!

lakeviewer- Thanks, there won't be much time for cooking, this weekend, but I may whip up a Valentine's treat! Merci for coming by, cher!

Elizabeth- Thanks, glad you like it and want to try the recipe. You will see every color hair, in the rainbow, at Mardi Gras.

Laura- It was an awesome game! So exciting and fun! I was hoarse for a few days, after, and now I am screaming for beads! Wish you were here, cher!

aslan- Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment! I hope that you have a fun and fabulous weekend, too. Thanks for stopping by!

Marguerite said...

Malisa- Merci beaucoup for your kind words and compliments! I am so excited that you are making the recipes on my blog and are enjoying them! I will never steer you wrong, cher! Thanks to you and your husband for trying them. You made my day!

Angie- Ya know I do, sha! If they only knew what they were missing! Happy Mardi Gras!

A Kitchen Witch said...

We are making a version of your Crawfish Quesadillas tonight for the game!