Crawfish Pie, there are as maky recipes as fleas on the neighbors dog, And the delivery package can be anything from a mini pie shell with a crawfish gravy in it, to a mini fried pie shell, its worked for me in a tortilla too. This is my favorite. Why? Because its one of thos recipes I made all by my lonesome, long before the WWW cheater. It was so good, my Momma threw her recipe away and put mine in her recipe box.
Around here for Easter you see loads of crawfish boils, (Even if the price is ridiculious!). Its become the thing to do, its beautiful outside, the kids run and play, little kids look for eggs, big kids drool all over each other with no idea what to do about it...LOL A washtub full of long necks, with chipped blocks of ice on top, the boilers making a gazillion BTU's boiling those bugs.
You must be good to get a beer, those with beers are expected to peel for the kids as well as them selves later when the second or third pot comes out. And when its all done, we peel for the freezer. These are used for crawfish gravy, bisques, and pies. I have done an ettouffe and a bisque here already so this is the third and my personal favorite of the three.
Its so simple, quick and easy, Well if the crawfish are peeled....LOL
First you procure a pie crust, either make it or buy it. I used store boughts all my life and am now attempting to do 'em myself. It just irks me buy something with three basic ingredients! Flour, grease, and water. You can add sugar for sweet, add other spices for savory. I used Tony's in this one, it just goes with crawfish pie. So I made two (upper/lower) for the pie.
My Pie dough
1/2C Butter cubes
1/2C Crisco butter flavored shortening
Ice cold water
Mix it when the crumbs form together with light pressure, wrap in plastic and in the reefer to re-chill. Much like making sausage. Then later or the next day turn out and roll out. You can make them and leave in the freezer for months, just allow sometime for the dough to warm up some before attempting to roll. Some folks add vinegar to increase the elasticity of the dough. I have not seemed to figure that one out yet but if it works for you, why are you reading how to make a basic dough...<Chuckles>
My Crawfish pie is all about fresh veggies, its Easter for heavens sake get some fresh veggies!
Now you'll want to dice these veggies, not chop and not minced, in the picture above these are actually a bit small, just a hair larger would have been perfect. The freshest veggies you can fine. All cajunn cooking is about freshness. Well these crayfish were left over from the last bisque marathon.
You'll note the crawfish, half have been shreaded in the chopper, the other half left whole. The chopped crawfish help distribute the flavor thru out, while the whole crawfish taste and look like they should. You mouth seriously reconizes the whole crawfish.
We start with the basic cajun trinity, and throw in the carrots to make it a mirepoix also, just to keep those real French Chefs happy. I always wondered about why in Louisiana it has celery instead of carrots, Yes we are a huge seaport state, but I have never seen a single celery plant grown here.
Into what my Mom always called a chicken frying skillet, its really my favorite with those high sides. 3 to 5 mins. or when you see it start changing and the onions become translucient.
Then you add the rest! I told you this was hard. Cook for 3 to 5 more mins. Once that is done, add the flour, I said a Tablespoon, you really are just looking to tighten up the pan. Let them have a min to absorb the liquids and the flour a chance to to cook off some of that taste.
Once you've done that,add your cream, heavy cream not milk! Everything is healthy here but the butter, cream, and the pie crust. Splurge! Its the weekend!
Then you take it all and add it to the pie shell. Its very ok to heap it up inclusing any extra juices you have developed with that cream. I just had a piece and my mouth is watering trying to type this!
At this point you need a top crust, either used a pie bird, or a slit, or I did a lattice. Whatever you like just make sure it can vent.
X marks the spot!
BTW I had not made a crust in a long time but check it out, it wasn't a perfect 10, but it was light and mostly flaky.
Close enough for government work.
Bad thig is its best to let it set for 15 20 mins to reabsorb (doesn't it sound like smoking?) I normally cut a 9" pie into 6 slices for this but since I knew it would be a waste on Pop I did 8.
Normally I just serve it with a ice cold long neck and a tossed green salad, hey you had it all left over from the pie filling! But today I splurged. Hot french garlic bread and some tastee cantaloupe!
Oh and that little extra there next to the pie....... Thats some of the filling that fell out from the next guys piece next to mine. It fell out and was hot, I didn't want it to sit and get cold and lonely all by itself. Good meal, should have done it yesterday but had other pressing matters.
BTW just for Brownie points while the oven was hot, I had some home made french bread left over and some strawberries left from shortcake this week soooooooo........
Cajun Strawberry Buckle! Or maybe I should just stay with Strawberry Bread Puddding.
Thanks all for checking it out. Looking forward to everyone's Easter Beagle Feast!
I apoligize! I could have at least gave you the recipe. LOL LSU is on the other screen and I am getting confused.
Here the link to my cookbook
I should say, you can make this with shrimp, especially river shrimp. I have made it with Langostinos and with Blue Crab as well as Lobster. Its easy and its damn impressive. I did mention good didn't I?
Using the recipe, I needed an hour with my pie crust to brown at 400, just do as you see fit. Its just a pie crust.
Edited by Foamheart - 4/4/15 at 2:59pm