Crawfish & corn soup

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pounds Crawfish tails - peeled
2 cups Corn - cut from the cob, reserving about 4 cobs
1 can Corn - cream-style
1 cup Onions - finely chopped
2 \N Ribs celery - finely chopped
1 \N Med. bell pepper - finely chopped
1 bunch Green onions - finely chopped (use about 2 or 3\"
\N \N Of the fresh green part)
4 tablespoons Parsley - minced
3 \N Clove garlic - minced (3 or 4 cloves, depending on size)
6 tablespoons Butter
6 tablespoons Flour
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 pounds Tomatoes - canned, drained (reserve liquid)
1 \N Bay leaf - or 2
1 teaspoon Thyme
\N \N Salt, pepper and Tabasco to taste
\N \N Shells and claws for peeled crawish, NOT the heads
4 tablespoons Butter
¼ cup Brandy - or Cognac
1 cup White wine
\N \N Water
1 \N Carrot - cut into large pieces
1 \N Rib celery - cut into large pieces
3 \N Green onions - cut into large pieces
3 \N Sprig parsley - whole
2 \N Clove garlic
1 \N Bay leaf
1 pinch Thyme


Number of Servings: 8

Make stock first. Ten pounds of boiled crawfish make one pound of meat. Peel crawfish, reserving shells and claws. Rinse shells and let drain. Melt butter in a large pot; add shells and fry until sizzling and hot, turning them often. When shells are hot enough, heat a small pot, pour in brandy and ignite. Remove shells from fire, pour in brandy, tossing and turning until the flame dies down.

Add wine and water to cover shells. Add onion, celery, green onions, parsley, garlic, thyme and bay leaf. Let it all simmer for an hour.

Strain carefully and reserve.

In another pot, melt butter, add flour and let cook on low fire until medium brown. Add chopped vegetables and let cook on a low fire until wilted, stirring often. Chop tomatoes and add to pot with reserved liquid. Let cook a few minutes. Add stock -- just enough to make a soupy consistency ~- then add Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, thyme, crawfish, corn and about four of the cobs (for added flavor). Let simmer an hour. Taste for salt, pepper and Tabasco. If using boiled crawfish, it is usually peppery enough.

Remove the cobs and serve.

If the soup is too thick, add more stock or water. If it's too thin, cook a little more flour and add to thicken it.

Serves 8.

NOTE: If you prefer to buy crawfish tails already picked, buy a couple of pounds of boiled crawfish and pick them so as to have the shells to make your stock. Shrimp may be substituted.

Grand Prize Winner by Marguerite Sigur, Times-Picayune Cooking Contest, 1984.

Posted by Michelle Bass. Courtesy of Fred Peters.

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