Crawfish regal

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
8 \N Puff-pastry shells
½ \N Stick butter
½ cup Flour
1 pint Whipping cream or Half-&-Half
½ teaspoon Thyme
½ teaspoon Paprika
1 \N Clove garlic; minced or grated
\N \N Cayenne & white pepper to taste
2 pounds Crawfish meat; cooked (see \"Boiled Crawfish\" recipe)
1 \N Bunch green onions; chopped
\N \N Salt to taste
2 tablespoons Chopped parsley for garnish
1 \N Lemon; cut into 8 wedges for garnish


Just the thought of hanging around a firehouse kitchen in New Orleans sends me into Cajun/Creole fits! These guys have the most wonderful selection of foods and traditions. How hard it must be to jump up from the table and head for a fire when a dish as fine as this one has just been served up. John Alfortish, of the New Orleans fire department, sent us this jewel. The chief has been cooking in a firehouse for twenty years! If using frozen puff-pastry shells, bake according to directions and set aside.

Cook the flour and butter together in a 3-quart heavy saucepan to form a roux. Do not brown. Add the cream, stirring constantly until it thickens.

Add the thyme, paprika, garlic, and the 2 peppers to taste. Do not salt at this time. Simmer very slowly for 15 minutes.

Add the crawfish and green onions to the sauce. Salt to taste. Simmer 15 minutes. Spoon mixture into the pastry shells and garnish with the parsley and lemon.

A big green salad is a must with this rich dish. I also enjoy Apple and Cabbage (see recipe).

NOTE: If you do not wish to use pastry shells, this dish is very good over rice or pasta.

From <The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American>. Downloaded from Glen's MM Recipe Archive, .

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