BIG DADDY'S CRAWFISH STEW
This recipe is for the day after you have a crawfish
boil and you don't know what to do with the leftovers!!!
About 2 # Peeled crawfish tails
5-6 Cups cooked rice
3 lg. onions (chopped)
Fresh French Bread
2 lg. bell peppers (chopped)
2 Stalks celery (chopped)
1-1/2 cups plain flour
3 cloves garlic (chopped fine)
1-1/2 Cups vegetable oil or lard
Potatoes, carrots, corn and mushrooms from crawfish boil
Zatarain's crab boil
Tony Chachere's Seasoning
If you don't have leftovers from a crawfish boil (Too Bad) you
can use crawfish tails from the market, or fresh shrimp.
Peel the leftover crawfish and put the shells in a stock pot. Add
water enough to cover the shells, bring to a boil and lower heat to
a simmer. Let simmer for about 40 minutes. This is your crawfish
Next you have to make your roux. In a black iron or heavy
aluminum pot add 1 1/2 cups of vegetable oil or hog lard and heat to
about 300ºF (don't let it smoke). Add 1 1/2 cups of plain flour (Be
careful, it's very hot). Stir until chocolate in color. Let it cool
and put in a dish.
In the same pot add about 1/4 cup of oil and heat on medium fire.
Add onions, bell peppers, celery and garlic. Sauté until very limp.
Add about 3 cups of water from the
crawfish stock (be sure to strain). Bring to a boil, turn heat
down to med-low. Slowly stir in the roux to mix well and let it cook
about an hour (stir occasionally). Taste it 30 minutes into the
process and add salt and pepper and Tabasco.
After the hour is up add the potatoes, carrots, corn and
mushrooms, then, cook for about twenty minutes. Add the crawfish
tails and cook for another 15 minutes.
If the sauce is too thin add a tablespoon of cornstarch dissolved
in water at a time
(stirring in between adds) until the sauce is like you want it. Cook
another 15 minutes and start tasting.
***NOW IF YOU DON’T HAVE LEFTOVERS****
Peel about 2 lbs. of shrimp and take the shells and make stock
with them (as described above) and add a tsp. of red pepper, salt to
taste, and 1/2 cup of Zatarain's Liquid Crab Boil.
Next put potatoes and carrots in another pot, cover with water,
add the same seasonings as above and boil about 15 minutes. Save
this water and the water from the shrimp peelings and use this as
the liquid for the stew.
Tony Chachere's can be used for all above seasonings, but, try to
use Zatarain's for the shrimp peelings.