You can purchase frozen, cooked, peeled crawfish tails in the freezer section of your grocery store. Duane prefers Louisiana crawfish tails rather than Chinese ones. To mail order, visit www.cajuncrawfish.com.
1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
4 celery ribs, chopped (about 1 cup)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (14.5-ounce) can chicken broth
1 tablespoon salt-free Cajun seasoning
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 pound frozen cooked peeled crawfish tails, thawed and drained
1/4 cup chopped green onions
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
How to Make It
Prepare rice according to package directions.
Melt butter in a large cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and next 3 ingredients; cook, stirring constantly, 8 minutes.
Stir together soup and chicken broth. Add to vegetable mixture. Stir in Cajun seasoning and ground red pepper.
Cook over medium-low heat 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in crawfish, green onions, and parsley; cook 3 minutes or until hot. Serve over rice.
Note: To freeze, divide étouffée evenly into 3 (1-quart) zip-top plastic freezer bags. Freeze up to 1 month. Thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from freezer bag, and warm in a saucepan, stirring until thoroughly heated. Each bag contains about two servings.
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