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Crayfish Pie

Yield one 9-inch pie


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 6 to 9 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 pound crayfish tails, peeled and cooked
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper

How to Make It

  1. Combine flour and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl; cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle water over surface of flour mixture; stir with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened. Shape dough into a ball; chill.

  2. Sauté onion, celery, and garlic in butter in a large skillet until tender. Combine cornstarch and chicken broth; stir until well blended. Add chicken broth mixture and whipping cream to sautéed vegetables, mixing well. Stir in crayfish tails, remaining salt, and pepper; set aside.

  3. Roll half of pastry to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Spoon crayfish filling into pastry shell.

  4. Roll remaining pastry to 1/8- inch thickness; cut into 3/4-inchwide strips, and arrange in a lattice fashion over filling. Trim bottom pastry, and arrange lattice pastry in a decorative design on edges.

  5. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

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