Krazy Crawfish Etoufee


4 teaspoons Hot Sauce - , Louisiana or your personal favorite
1 small Bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup flour
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 cup fish stock or clam juice or "Crawfish Water"
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
freshly ground black pepper
1 pound crawfish, peeled
1/2 cup chopped green onions, including the greens

Cooking Directions:

Saute the onions, garlic, celery, and Bell pepper for about five minutes or until clear. Add the tomatoes, stock, basil, thyme, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat and simmer for fifteen minutes or until it thickens to a sauce.

Add the hot sauce, crawfish, green onions and simmer for an additional five minutes or until the crawfish/shrimp are cooked. Remove the bay leaf and serve.

Serving Suggestions:
Serve with celery seed coleslaw, green beans,  and corn bread.

Use shrimp or lobster meat in place of the crawfish.

Let stand overnight in refrigerator to let the seasonings "come home".
Serve over cooked rice with homemade biscuits made from "scratch".

Crawfish Water:
In a large 3-gallon stock pot fill with 2-gallons of water. Place previously eaten crawfish heads (sounds yucky to "non-natives") and peelings in water. Bring to boil. Add celery stalks, onions, carrots, garlic, bay leaf, thyme. DO NOT add salt, pepper or any HOT seasonings. The seasoning from the crawfish heads and peelings will be MORE than adequate. Let simmer for at least an hour. Strain and preserve the stock for future use. May be frozen

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