Tuesday, April 12, 2011

No, not "crawdads" or "crayfish"...CRAWFISH!

So....it's spring.  The weather is beautiful, the flowers are blooming, the trees finally have green on them again and it gets dark later.  All good things.  We've certainly done our share of enjoying the beautiful weather and working in the yard.  The kids are playing ball, the bluebonnets are coming out in Central Texas...I love spring!

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 Texan
What you will need:

1 sack crawfish
3-4 onions
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”
-Add potatoes
-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".

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