Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Crawpeesh Monica

My girl, Aunt Ali as the kids call her, helps us out a lot. She will be enduring the wedding with us tomorrow. She's coming to help out with the kiddos. As a thank you I wanted to make her favorite dish.
She LOVES this dish. Orders it every time when she's out.
This also happens to be THE dish to eat at Jazz Fest. I've been told the lines for Crawfish Monica are always the longest at the festival.
I looked online to try and locate the original recipe. All I found was a lot of debate. So, I looked at several recipes, and came up with a version that I thought sounded good.
Now, I don't eat seafood so it was hard for me to prepare something that I wasn't going to taste at all. I relied on Aunt Ali and The Dude to do the tasting for me.
They were MUCH impressed.
I titled mine "Crawpeesh Monica" because that's how Pickles pronounces crawfish.
Crawpeesh Monica
1 lb crawfish tails (or 1 lb shrimp, 1 lb crab meat, 1 lb oysters)

4 T butter

1 pint half and half

1 bunch green onions, chopped (green parts only)

2 T Cajun seasoning (Tony Chachere's, Emeril's Bayou Blast, or othe similar blend)

1 T minced garlic

1/2 C Parmesan cheese

1/2 C finely chopped onion

1-2 T finely chopped sun dried tomatoes or 1/2 Cup diced Roma tomatoes.

Saute garlic and onions in butter until onions are translucent, about five minutes. Add half and half, tomatoes and seasoning. Bring to a simmer. Add cheese and crawfish. Allow to simmer 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Serve over fettuccine. Top with green onions.

I know it simply sounds like an Alfredo with crawfish, but they tell me it's SO different. The addition of the Cajun spices and sauteed onions apparently change it up. Hope you like it...even though I didn't touch the stuff!


Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

That looks absolutely amazing!! Okay, I'm not much of a crawpeesh eater but I think I'm going to make it with shrimp. That will taste good right? Hope all goes well with the wedding.....
Geex, I'd pull my hair out. Lat wedding I catered introduced me to a true Bridezilla......
I was actually a lil scared, lol.
Take good care and.......

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Sassypants Wifey said...

Have I missed something? Shes getting married tomorrow? weird. Anyway, looks good. Maybe with some blackened chicken would be good? Supposed to snow today so not sure if the comp will still be on later, but hope to catch ya. If not, good luck.

Sally's World said...

that looks delicious, we love seafood so i'll definitely try this...thanks

The Rambler said...

OMG. I hate you. (I love you really)

I'm so on a diet right now and that looks DELISH. Seriously, you need to go on Food Network and have a show. Because you make THE best stuff.


lagirl said...

Not a "Crawpeesh" girl, myself. Just can't bring myself to even think of eating those little "crawdads". LOL People around here just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE crawfish, but I'll just stick to my Sweet Tea!

You're a great hostess to fix that SPECIAL dish for your guest. Good ol' Southern Hospitality!!

Penz said...

I'm with you, not much for the seafood of it all, hubz likes the crawdads so do the kiddos...looks good though.:)

Jenny Wegner said...

That looks so rich and delicious! I love sun dried tomatoes! I will have to try some of this while I'm out there. Yum! I'm not sure if I've ever eaten crawfish. When I was in Spain i once ordered a seafood paella and it came with two big ol' (what i think were) crawdads on the side of the plate only I didn't know how to eat them and was too scared to start cracking at their bodies so I just didn't. But maybe it was in the main paella part too. THE WORLD MAY NEVER KNOW.

The Blonde Duck said...

It looks good!

MammaDucky said...

Yeah, I'm figuring anything like shrimp would work too.
Shasty, I thought about doing it with blackened chicken, but then I would have eaten it. I'm trying to be a good girl!