But the best thing about the spring in the south: Crawfish Season.
We have already been to one crawfish boil and have another one on the agenda this weekend. Then, the "Grandaddy of them all..." (ours) is in May.
I love crawfish. More than that? I love the whole idea of a crawfish boil. Stand around, drink beer, talk to friends and then eat a shitload of food? That is so my scene.
My husband (who is a Texas boy) cooks them...my Louisiana family taught him how it's done...but, of course, Texans always gotta do things with their own "special touch".
Cajun Boiled Crawfish
*As cooked by a TexanWhat you will need:
1 sack crawfish
1 lg. canister Crab/Shrimp Boil
6 lemons halved
1 lb. salt
Cayenne pepper to taste
1 5 lb. bag red potatoes
1 bag miniature corn on the cob
1 case of beer
What to do:
-Open a beer to check for freshness and temperature
-Fill large pot with water and Crab/Shrimp Boil
-Drink a couple of beers while waiting for water to boil
-Pour salt on crawfish in water to purge the crawfish
-Get another beer and head back over to the pot
-Add lemons and onions
-Drink another beer while flavors “gel”
-Have a couple of beers while greeting guests
-Add corn and crawfish
-Change into funny crawfish pants, crazy hat and high school football t-shirt
-Drink more beer while handing out Mardi Gras beads to guests
-Dump crawfish into ice chest and cover with ice to make peeling easier
-Drink more beer
-Re-hash the last play of the “big game” in high school
-Move crawfish onto large table and sprinkle with Cayenne
-Drink beer while eating crawfish and giving a “crawfish eating lesson” to all the “sissy” neighbors who’ve never had it before
-Try to convince neighbor you don’t think he’s a sissy, and bum beer off him because your case is gone and you've been "working".