Friday, April 30, 2010

Cajun Crawfish Delights + Crawfish Festival Preview

A good friend of mine stopped by yesterday and brought me several large bags of fresh cleaned crawfish tails. Oh, a man after my heart and a good friend indeed! I will be making lots of crawfish dishes in the month of May, with this wonderful stash in my freezer. Another dear friend, Drick @ Drick's Rambling Cafe, asked me to post a recipe for a Crawfish-Spinach Bread Bowl, after he saw a photo of one, on one of my Festival International posts. Well, I am delighted to oblige, since the basic recipe is already on my blog! Here it is, with a few tweaks. Enjoy and bon appetit', cher!

Crawfish Spinach Bread Bowl

1 lb.peeled, cleaned crawfish tails
1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
3/4 cup butter
1 8 0z. carton sour cream
1 cup shredded cheese
1 small can Rotel tomatoes
1 onion, finely chopped
2 tbs.'s fresh parsley
Salt to taste
Cajun seasoning, to taste
Large loaf of round French bread

Saute the onion in the butter, in large skillet until tender. Add the tomatoes w/ liquid and salt and cook for 10 minutes on medium heat, stirring often. Add the crawfish and cook for 10 more minutes. Add the soups and a little water, to desired consistency, and blend well and cook on low heat for 20 minutes. Add the spinach, sour cream, cheese, and parsley, and Cajun seasoning, to taste, stir well, and cook on low for 10 more minutes.

Scoop out center of a large bread bowl and fill with crawfish-spinach mixture. Place filled bread bowl on baking sheet and bake @ 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Serve with crackers or
mini toasts. This recipe is also delicious, with small shrimp, instead of crawfish, or without the crawfish, for vegetarians. Cest bon, cher!

Time for the Crawfish Festival!

Yes,we get to do it all over again, for another wonderful 3 day festival, beginning this evening at the 50th Annual Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Pegged as "the crawfish capital of the world" Breaux Bridge knows how to throw a party. There will be tons of crawfish, prepared every which way you can imagine, a fantastic musical line-up, with three music stages, carnival rides for the kids, and a whole lot more. Click here for a complete schedule. I simply can't wait to visit the Two Cajuns Cafe', food booth and have some of their divine Crawfish Bisque and their sinfully good Grand Isle Shrimp and Crab Etouffee! Of course, that's after I have 3 lbs. or so, of fabulous Louisiana boiled crawfish, and dance a little! Wish you ALL were here!

Here's a little clip that I took at last year's festival! Let the good times roll, cher!
Hope ya'll have a fabulous weekend! Merci for stopping by!

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys


Drick said...

hey, thanks so much for that recipe, now I'm off to get some crawdads ... looks like you just can't get enough of that good festival fun, I'm envious... thanks again ... praying for the marshes and wetlands of LA as of all of the Gulf Coast

Joanne said...

Seriously Marguerite, what wonderful celebrations of life these festivals are. Food and music and people all joining together ... Cheers!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Just wondering Marguerite. Is the BP oil leak affecting the local fishing? What a catastrophe!
Another festival! Are you realted to wonder woman? Perhaps you are her LOL (To me you are! LOL) ~ Hugs ~ Eddie

judi/Gmj said...

ya'll are so blessed, the only crawfish I can get is from.. hold on to your hat, China.
Well, I can order it from company in Portland and pay a arm and leg.
I'll just drool on my keyboard while I lust after your dishes.

Cloudia said...

luvs me some crawdads!

God bless Cajun Country

Aloha from Hawaii

Comfort Spiral

T. said...

I'm drooling over my morning coffee!!!! YUM.

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

Nice to have those couple days between festivals to nap... or clean tails!


OMG stop it woman!!! i don't think even a bit of that fabulous bread bowl will help with my trying to lose the last few bites of louisiana food i took!!!

always love dropping by your kitchen, louisianalady!!!

Marguerite said...

Drick- You're welcome, cher, my pleasure. Enjoy! I'm praying, very hard, too and hope that many others will join us. Hoping for the best!

Joanne- Thanks for your kind comment, cher! The festivals bring it all together and are a testament to the spirit of our community. We celebrate life, to the max, each day!

Eddie- Not yet, it's too soon to tell. Please pray that it doesn't, because without our seafood industry, many people I know would loose their livelihood. Yes, and we had a blast! Merci, for your sweet compliment, cher!

judi- Yes, I've heard about the Chinese crawfish! No thanks! lol You should order from Louisiana, that way you get the real deal and the prices are much better! Merci for stopping by,cher!

Cloudia- I ate a couple of pounds of crawfish for you! Thanks, cher! Aloha! Hope you have a great week!

ElizBlog said...

WOW! You are so lucky living in Southwest Louisiana!!! Craw daddies and all look incredible!

Marguerite said...

T. Clear- Thanks, I'll take that as a compliment! Merci for stopping by!

Dave- I never nap, cher! It has something to do with my inconvenient day job! lol

Gypsy- Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment! Worth the calories, cher! Always love having you! Thanks for dropping by!

Eliz-Blog- Hi and welcome! Thanks so much for your nice comment and for stopping by! It's a pleasure to meet you!