Sunday, October 25, 2009

Crawfish Etouffee and a Birthday Girl

This is my little Ry-Bear. Today she turns 5 years old.
She is the one who has been begging me to buy crawfish everytime we go to the grocery store.
So, I finally did.
She was so happy. A few of them still had claws and everything!
Now, being the non-Southerner that I am, I had absolutely no idea what to do with these little guys- heads and all.
That is where Margaret stepped in to help. I left a comment on her blog, Tea and Scones, when she posted a shrimp recipe and she got back to me about some different ways that I could cook these guys.
Luckily, my kids are pretty fearless. They did all the head removing for me. I was going to post a picture of them in action, but it made me sick to my stomach. I am a weakling!
Anyway, I decided to make the Crawfish Etouffee. It is really quite simple. You melt some butter- I used 2 Tbls, add chopped onion and red bell pepper, season it up (I used Creole seasoning), add the crawfish and let it cook for a few minutes. Then you serve it over rice.
I can't even tell you how much my kids loved this. They had heaping plates full and then, had 2nds. They told me they want to try scallops and clams next.

Now if the birthday girl could just figure out what kind of b-day cake she wants. First it was princesses, but now she wants green frosting that tastes like pink, so she can cover it with dinosaurs and jungle animals. (She is a good combo of girly-girl and tomboy.) Should turn out interesting. Life always is with our little Bear!

Recipe for Crawfish Creole

Recipe for Crawfish Etouffee

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Delicious Dishings said...

Aw. Happy birthday to your little one! That's so great that your kids will eat anything... and especially great that they did the dirty work for you! I could probably get through cleaning them but I might not have the appetite to eat them after the whole taking off the heads thing. I'd have to find a helper too!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet girl!

I wouldn't have known what to do with them either - thank goodness your girls are fearless! :D

Prudy said...

Happy Birthday to your brave beautiful little girl! Kudos to you for tackling crawfish.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday to the birthday girl! I don't think I've ever seen a crawfish.

Barbara said...

Happy Birthday to your darling daughter!
And I think it's super your kids are willing to try unusual dishes!
Good for them and for you.

Heather Bankhead said...

i miss you!

Steph said...

Happy birthday to Ry! I think it's amazing how adventurous your kids are when it comes to food. It drives me crazy when I see shows on TV on how to sneak food into food because some kids are soooo picky.

Unknown said...

Happy belated birthday to your little girl - isn't she sweet. I've never had crawfish but as a seafood lover, I'm intrigued!