Thursday, May 6, 2010

Crab and Shrimp Etouffee' + Festival Lagniappe!

Here's a family favorite that will tantalize your taste buds beyond belief and have you going back for seconds! Succulent crab meat and shrimp, combined in a spicy Cajun stew is guaranteed to please, cher! And so easy, for those busy days. Serve with a big tossed salad and plenty of French bread. Ca cest bon! Enjoy!


Crab and Shrimp Etouffee'

1 cup chopped onions,
1/2 cup each, bell peppers. and celery
1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 tsp.'s minced garlic
1 can Rotel brand, diced tomatoes and green chilies, (undrained)
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 tbs. Cajun seasoning
Salt to taste
Few good shakes Tabasco
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 cups water or seafood stock
1/2 cup white wine
Juice of 1 lemon
1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 lb. lump crab meat
4 tbs.'s butter
4 tbs.'s flour

Coat shrimp with lemon juice, season with Cajun seasoning, and set aside. Melt the butter in a large heavy pot, on low heat. Add the flour and stir constantly, until a light to medium brown color is reached. Add chopped onion, bell pepper , celery, garlic, and tomatoes and saute on low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking. Add the water or stock and bring to a boil.
Lower heat and add seasoned shrimp, crab meat, and white wine and stir. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add parsley and green onions in the last ten minutes of cooking time. Add a few good shakes of Tabasco and serve over hot cooked rice. Serves 4.Le bon manger! Bon appetit!


Festival Lagniappe!

It was another fun-filled Cajun weekend, at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival! Except for a few clouds and sprinkles, here and there, the weather held up and the stormy weather stayed to our north and east. A good rain came in the night and I slept right through it.

The music was great with a super line-up, and the crowd was ready to dance!
Several of my faves were playing, including Keith Frank and the Soileau Family Band and Hunter Hayes!

My friend's brother-in-law owns this drink stand, so we had special privileges!

I ate crawfish galore, but couldn't resist stopping by the "Roger's Cajun Pistol" booth, and getting one of these! Oh cest bon, cher! Sinfully delicious!


We had to cancel our plans for Jazz Fest, on Sunday. New Orleans was under a tornado watch, with rain and wind. You win a few, you loose a few, and a few are just rained out, cher! Cie la vie!

Please keep the entire gulf coast in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days, as the giant oil spill inches ever so closer to land. So many people I know are either in the oil industry or the seafood industry. These two, and related industries, furnish the livelihoods for most of the people, in Cajun country. It's too soon to predict whether our area will be directly affected, but one thing is for sure, we will ALL be affected, one way or another, by this terrible tragedy. Merci beaucoup for your prayers and for stopping by! Wishing ya'll a wonderful, happy week!


John said...

Hope the shrimps survive the spill; my list of crab and shrimp recipes is growing; thanks.

A Year on the Grill said...

You are right about us all paying the price...

And I hear the gulf beaches are closing now... MANY more people have their family legacy livelihoods threatened.

It's time for new technology

Lea Ann said...

The first Etouffee I ever had was at a place in W. Louisiana called Al T's. It was about the best thing I've ever tasted and I've never tried to make it. You've inspired me with this recipe. I am horrified by this oil spill in many ways. We're avid bird watchers to start...

Eddie Bluelights said...

I certainly will pray that the oil spill can be 'capped' soon and that the coastline will not be contaminated. I remember on your last post I mentioned it and you said so far you have been spared of any pollution. I realise that the livelihood of so many people are involved and I do pray that these folk's lives will not be affected and your fishing will remain abundant and clean. I pray also for Divine help to cap that underea oil well.

Finally ~ loved your comment on Plato - thank you and I noted your witty replues to my comments on your blog which I thoroughly enjoy making to such a fine green eyed lady who ocassionally wears red cow girl boots LOL Your friend Eddie LOL

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

After visiting here, I'm now hungry again! Thinking of all of you in Louisiana now.

Marguerite said...

John- Thanks, so do I. This is really a hard blow to the seafood industry. I am stocking up, just in case. You're welcome, so glad you like them!

Dave- I don't even want to think about the price hikes! It could be devastating to the tourist industry, too. You're right, it is time to wake up and smell the coffee, cher!

Lea Ann- So good to hear from you and so happy that you were inspired! It is divine and I hope that you try it. I know, I feel sorry for the poor birds and marine life, too.

Eddie- Merci beaucoup, cher, for your prayers and kind comment. We are hoping for the best! You are such a wonderful friend! And a hoot to boot! :) lol

Trish and Rob- Hi and welcome to Cajun country! Thanks for your good thoughts and for stopping by! It's great to have ya'll here!

Kittie Howard said...

My grandmother fixed the best crawfish etouffe I've ever eaten. Half-French, half-Spanish, this green-eyed, petite, Creole stick of dynamite had to translate for me en route to the old USL (later transferred to LSU, closer). Anyway, your recipes seem to have flavor! Hope it's okay to follow your blog. Thanks.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

I've been thinking about you...wondering how things looked from your vantage point...I'll be praying. You know I will! Sigh...wish I weren't allergic to Shrimp...all your shrimp recipes look so divine!!! That stew looks fantastic...and the sinfully delicious? Oh, my! My mouth is watering...sorry about the tornado watch...but I'm sure you'll find a way to make up for it ;-) Love you much, Janine XO

Kathryn Magendie said...

I was just in South Louisiana (baton rouge) - GMR prepared shrimp etoufee, but with a darker roux (almost a stew really)...I had shrimp poboy and I had beer and I had all kinds of goodies nad gained 2 pounds *laugh*

We strolled thru the Fest For All in downtown BR

Marguerite said...

Kittie- Hi and welcome! It's always nice to meet a fellow Louisianian! U.S.L. is my alma mater! Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comment! That would be great, you're welcome!

Janine- Merci beaucoup for your prayers. Pray that they will be able to cap that well and stop the leaks. Thanks so much for your sweet compliments and for reading all of my shrimp posts, even though you can't eat them! You are the best!

Kat- Glad you had your fill of South Louisiana goodies, cher! Only two pounds? lol You were lucky to get away with that!
Merci for coming by, mon amie!

Nancy said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe, and you can be sure you are in our thoughts and prayers. It is just so devastating. I agree with Year on the Grill - time for new technology.

Gumbeaux Gal said...

Oh how I miss Festival Season in Louisiana! Thanks for the coverage and great photos!

Marguerite said...

Nancy- You're welcome, glad you liked it! And thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. I don't think that we can even imagine how devastating it will turn out to be. I agree that it is time for new technology, but as long as oil companies run the world, it's unlikely that it will be anytime soon.

Gumbeaux Gal- Hi and welcome! I understand how you feel because I lived away for many years. You're so welcome, I'm so glad you enjoyed them!

Jingle said...

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Happy Tuesday!
I appreciate your friendship!