Thursday, September 1, 2011

Crawfish Stuffed Bell Peppers + Time for Downtown Alive

One of my dear friends came by over the weekend and gave me a big bag of bell peppers , jalapeno peppers, and tomatoes, from her garden.  A wonderful gift,  and since I just happened to have a bag of peeled crawfish tails in my freezer, I decided to make some crawfish stuffed bell peppers.  And believe me when I tell you, cher, that they were out of this world! Of course, if you don't have crawfish, you could substitute with shrimp. Either way, divine! Enjoy!

Crawfish Stuffed Bell Peppers

6 whole bell peppers, ( any color)
1 lb. fresh, peeled crawfish tails
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup each, onions, bell peppers, and celery, chopped
1/4 cup green onions, sliced
2 tsp.'s minced garlic
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 bay leaves

1 can cream of mushroom soup, plus 1/2 soup can water 
1 can Rotel tomatoes and green chilies
2 tbs.'s Worcestershire sauce
2 cups cooked rice
1 tbs. or more Cajun seasoning
Salt and Tabasco to taste
1/2 cup of  breadcrumbs

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Cut tops off of bell peppers and remove seeds and reserve. In large pot, boil the bell peppers and tops in lightly salted water, for five minutes. Drain and place in a large, lightly greased baking pan.

In large skillet, on low heat, melt butter and saute chopped onions, bell peppers, celery,  and garlic,   for five minutes. Add the crawfish tails, tomatoes, and seasonings and saute for 10  minutes. 

 Add the Worcestershire sauce, cream of mushroom soup and water, stir well and cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove bay leaves and add the cooked rice to the crawfish mixture and mix gently.

Fill each bell pepper with crawfish and rice mixture. Blend bread crumbs and cheese together and sprinkle on top of each pepper and dot with butter. Replace tops and bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes Serves 6 Bon Appetit!

I'll be sharing these at ~
These Chicks Cooked

Time for Downtown Alive

It's that time once again, for that funtastic Friday night block party in downtown Lafayette at Parc International. The kick-off for the 29th annual Fall edition of the Downtown Alive concert series will begin on Friday, September 2nd and run every Friday, through mid-November. Lots of great Cajun and Zydeco music, food, and fun! For a complete schedule, click here. This week's band will be the legendary Nik-L-Beer, famous for it's fabulous variety and dance music. Here's a little clip that I took of this "hotter than Tabasco" band, playing at this year's Le Festival de Mardi Gras de Lafayette. Get your dancin' shoes on and let the good times roll, cher! See ya'll there!

I'd like to invite all of my wonderful followers and readers to a virtual Labor Day BBQ  over at my dear friend, Karen G.'s blog. It starts now and will continue through the 3 day weekend. Head on over and meet some new bloggers and get a bunch of new followers. It's going to be a blast and you won't want to miss it!

Wishing ya'll a fun and safe, holiday weekend!  Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


Linda Starr said...

Those look so festive I have got to try them, oh boy I am hungry now.

Big Dude said...

I have a pound of crawfish tails in the freezer I was planning to use for crawfish pie but between you and Roz at la bella vita, I may have to do stuffed peppers.

Anonymous said...

Can I just say that this sounds wonderful!

Carol@The Writers Porch said...

OK Cher....yesterday you sent me flying to the kitchen to make your wonderful Cajun Sausage Cornbread along with Red Beans/Smoked Sausage & Rice.
Thank God I'm still full from my leftovers lunch, cause I ain't got no Crawfish or Bell Peppers on hand!
Have a good time over the weekend!

Miriam said...

I've bee meaning to stuff some bell peppers with something. Great recipe :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Dee said...

Girl have you ever made bell pepper soup? I bet it would be good with crawfish in it!! Have a great holiday weekend cher'!

rosaria said...

I bet they'd work with crab or shrimp too.

Amy said...

This is such an unique and flavorful recipe. I love crawfish and these stuff peppers are so pretty! What a perfect combo!

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Lucky you - nice gift! Beautiful dish.

Drick said...

great friend... and a great way to use up those peppers, love it...
hope you have yourself a wonderful weekend, I know it is going be a rough one with the storm coming, hunker down and be safe....

Anonymous said...

Hey Marguerite,
Just checking in... please stay safe with the storm approaching... just thinking about you guys down there!
Take care,

MM said...

Stuffed peppers w/ ground beef never wowed me (one of my mom's favs so we had it all the time). Now crawfish stuffed peppers...would be more than happy to take a few off your hands. But I'm guessing they are all gone!

cajunlicious said...

I want these peppers tonight, I was going to make crawfish pie, but I may have to have this! YUM!

Honey at 2805 said...

Crawfish stuffed pepper sound like a real treat!

Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you and hope you will link up again next week!

Eddie Bluelights said...

I think you might say, "I haven't lived!" because I have never eaten Crawfish. This Marguerite treat sound wonderful.

I saw you at Karen's fantastic BBQ and I left a comment just after your's.

Love to see you enjoyong yourself at the Downtown Alive concert. As you would say, "Let the good time roll, cher!" I really must get some dancing shoes LOL. Cheers ~ Eddie

Possum said...

Popping over from the BBQ. I am most certainly going to enjoy the flavours of your blog!

Marguerite said...

Linda- Thanks, they are pretty, but taste even better than they look! Have a great weekend!

Dude- Thanks, glad you like them! Crawfish Pie sounds good, but I hope you do try the peppers. You'll be glad you did! :) Happy weekend!

KM- Thanks so much for the nice compliment and for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

Carol- Merci beaucoup for making the recipes, cher! So glad ya'll enjoyed the cornbread and Red Beans and Rice! Hope your holiday weekend is fab!

Miriam- Thanks, you can always use shrimp, if you can't get crawfish. Have a fun weekend!

Dee- Oh that sounds so good! Please post that recipe, I would love to try it! Thanks, hope yours is great, too! Cheers!

Kittie Howard said...

Thanks, cher! I'd forgotten all about stuffed bell peppers. Will have to use shrimp instead.

Have my fingers crossed Lee isn't the hurricane from hell. Something about that swirl doesn't look right - stay safe, my friend!!!

Gypsy Heart said...

Sounds divine! I hope you have a great weekend, cher.


Susan Flett Swiderski said...

oooo-EEEE! Wandered over here from Karen's shindig, and I have GOT to sign up as a follower. Love good eating, and especially enjoy Cajun foods. Good to meet you. I will definitely be back!

KarenG said...

I love peppers stuffed with anything but this would be the best for sure! I met you last year at my BBQ so this marks the anniversary of my dropping by for your wonderful recipes. Still waiting for the cook book! I'll be your first customer.

Martha (MM) said...

Oh yum! I agree with KarenG, I think you really should write a cookbook, your recipes are the best of the best!!

Rita said...

Never bwould have thought of stuffing them with crawfish; must be Fabulous.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Wandered over for from the BBQ. Holy cow, but you're makin' me hungry!

Jeremy Bates said...

im getting hungry just looking at this site! lol
followed u over from karen's bbq... brought whiskey and steak! enjoy! and great blog--following!

Talli Roland said...

It's been a while since I've dropped by, and I can see the menu is as god as ever - YUM! :)

Katie @ Chicken Noodle Gravy said...

Those look delicious! As do all of the other recipes on your blog. I love cajun food, and your's is a blog after my own heart. Stopping by and following from the Say Hi Sunday Hop! Hope you have a lovely holiday weekend as well!

Betsy said...

Hey! I've come from KarenG's BBQ...and it's nice to see a familiar face there! Your food is THE best! I've seen you around and followed you back from Sweets for a Saturday. Now, I'll have a plate of whatever you're making! :)

kitchen flavours said...

Looks really delicious! I love bell peppers and have not tried them stuffed and baked before. Thanks for sharing! Have a lovely week!

Cloudia said...

Glad to know the storm is not TOO bad where you are, friend!!!

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Tina Peterson said...

I love stuffed peppers although I've never had it with crawfish. I usually make mine vegetarian using the Near East Pilaf mixes (mushroom or the pine nut ones) and then mix in a Tab of Parmesan in with the rice and then put mozzarella on top. Yum!

I will DEFINITELY be back! I bet these would good in Zucchini or Summer Squash boats too!

Hi! I'm getting a late start on Strut Your Stuff today - I hope you are having a great holiday! I'd love to have you visit Family LIteracy if your family loves to read. We just started up our Classics 4 Kids Book Event and would love to have you join in the giveaway if you'd like!

Tina "The Book Lady"
(PS: I'm following you)

Ann said...

I just happen to be making stuffed peppers for dinner today. Alas I don't have the crawfish tails. But I am looking forward to the peppers regardless.

Thanks for stopping over at my blog and leaving a comment and following. I will be back to sample more of your delicious treats. Enjoy the rest of Karen's BBQ.

Carol Kilgore said...

Coming here from Karen's. Hope you're not too soggy from Lee. Love Cajun food, even though I'm a Texan :)

Creepy Query Girl said...

wow- that looks delicious! I love shrimp and so far all the recipes I've scrolled down look just devine! Nice to 'meet' you! Here from KarenG's BBQ)

Quiltingranny said...

Not only delish sounding, but they are beautiful, bright and what a blessing to have someone give you such a homegrown gift. I am praying you are all right and without any hurricane or tornado damage. Do you know my friend Val over at Yarni Gras:
An amazing woman who lives in Slidell.

Marguerite said...

Rosaria- They absolutely would and I have another recipe on my blog, where I stuff them with crawfish, shrimp, and crab! (Seafood Stuffed Bell Peppers) Enjoy!

Amy- Thanks so much for your sweet comment and for stopping by! Hope you give them a try!

Mary- Great to hear from you, cher! yes, it was. Thanks for the nice compliment and for coming by!

Drick- Merci, cher, they are divine and I hope you make them! It wasn't too bad, but I glad it's over. Looks like ya'll are getting slammed, now. Stay safe!

FFD- Thanks so much for your concern and thoughtful comment! We fared well, with no flooding, and the sun is out now. :)

MM- Thanks, so glad you like them! They are so easy to make and I hope you try them! And you're right, they were gone in about 10 minutes! lol

Donna said...

Downtown live looks like a great time! Thanks for the recipe-my hubby will love it. I'm glad I found your blog, he loves Cajun!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Marguerite,
Those pepper's look so pretty and the stuffing looks delicious. We will be having some of these very soon. I am loving the music today! Hope you will have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Debs Dealz said...

I am officially hungry now! The peppers look delicious! I will be checking back for more details!

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Ella said...

Oh, I love the colors and all the spice! Yummy~ Thanks for sharing your recipe~ I'm starving! Nice to meet you~

Joey said...

I'm always hungry after I read your blog. I've never had a crawfish before. hmmm....

Ellen said...

How festive it looks with the variety of colors. I just love stuffed peppers but never mix them, thank you for the inspiration. We will be having mixed stuffed peppers.

Couponing Away Debt said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog hop! I am now your new follower...yummy site!

MM said...

Thanks for linking up! I appreciate it!