Crawfish Etouffee Georgia Style
This is a recipe that is often asked for at the restaurant where I work. They never let us make it, but we get asked by guests a lot. We are a full-service French restaurant. This is a home favorite with my wife and kid. Almost as good as rabbit and pig! It's an etouffee to love: thick, rich, and full of taste. Serve on hot steamed rice with garlic bread and a green salad. Enjoy!
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You may use fresh or frozen crawfish tails, as long as they're at room temperature. If you can't find smoked fleur de sel, substitute kosher salt.
Cooking Method #2:
My French way is to use a saucepan with a tight fitting lid to etouffee (French for smother) the crawfish. There are also a few added ingredients. Season crawfish tails with smoked fleur de sel and crushed black and white pepper, then set aside. Melt unsalted butter; add onion and chopped celery root and cook over medium heat until very tender. Stir in flour; blend well with a whisk, and cook, stirring constantly, until there is no floury taste, about 2 minutes. Slowly stir in water and chicken stock, 2 tablespoons crawfish fat, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1 heaping tablespoon of tomato paste, and garlic. Cook slowly, about 20 minutes, adding a little more water if needed.
When sauce is done, add crawfish tails; cover with lid. Cook 8 to 10 minutes. Season again to taste. In a different pan, sauté the green onion or leeks, peppers and parsley; cook 2 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add sauteed ingredients to the crawfish mixture, cover with a lid, and cook for 5 minutes more to meld flavors.