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Cajun Crab Etouffee

[ 10 ] December 3, 2008

How to Make Crab Meat Etouffee

Crab Meat Etouffee alone or as a topping on Fried Jumbo Shrimp or Grilled Redfish – this dish gives me the warm and cozy feeling of comfort food.

On a Sunday after church, we whipped up this simple dish in a matter of 30 minutes.

No collection of Cajun recipes would be complete without Crab Meat Etouffee.

crab etouffee

Crabmeat Etouffee

Fresh Louisiana Crab Meat

Fresh Louisiana Crab Meat

Ingredients for Crab Etouffee

½ pound fresh crabmeat (claw or white)
¼ cup of flour
5 tablespoons butter
2 cups Cajun Trinity with minced garlic (or 1 bag of Seasoning Blend)
1 can (10 ounce) Rotel tomatoes
1 cup white rice
1 teaspoon Tony’s Creole Seasoning
Chopped green onions or parsley for garnish

To begin, in a medium saucepan – boil 2 cups water.

Frozen seasoning blend

Frozen seasoning blend

Add 1 cup rice. Stir.

Cover and turn down the heat to medium low (#3) for 20 minutes.

Next in a large deep skillet melt 1 tablespoon of butter and sauté the Cajun Trinity and minced garlic.

Set aside in a bowl.

In the same skillet make a roux.

Melt 4 tablespoons butter on medium heat (#6).

Gradually add in ¼ cup of flour stirring constantly.

For an etouffee, continue to stir until golden brown caramel coloring.

Carefully add the Cajun Trinity back to the skillet.

Making the Roux

Making the Roux

Add Rotel tomatoes and 2 cups water.

Stir well and simmer on (#4) for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent burning or scorching.

Fold in the crab meat.

Season with 1 teaspoon of Tony’s Creole Seasoning.

Simmer another 10 minutes stirring occasionally.

Serving Suggestions for Crab Etouffee

Serve Crab Etouffee over rice in a deep plate.

Garnish with chopped green onions or fresh chopped parsley for color and a side of garlic French bread.

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beryl stokes

Beryl Stokes

Crab Au Gratin

[ 10 ] November 6, 2008

Crab Au Gratin Recipe

Crabmeat Au Gratin

Crabmeat Au Gratin

Crab Au Gratin has got to be my all time favorite thing to order at a seafood restaurant.  I order Crabmeat Au Gratin every time we go to Mike Anderson’s Seafood Restaurant or Boutin’s Restaurant.  They each make it a little different, but both are excellent.

Occasionally, I travel for my job to places that have no clue what good Cajun cooking is.  So, the first thing I want to do coming from the New Orleans airport is stop in Gonzales, Louisiana at Mike Anderson’s and get some Fried Crab Claws and Crab Meat Au Gratin.

Mike likes the Shrimp Norman.  I’ll have to show you how to make that soon.  Anyway, here is my version of Crabmeat Au Gratin.  Enjoy!

Fresh Louisiana Crab Meat

Fresh Louisiana Crab Meat

Ingredients for Crab Au Gratin

1 pound fresh white or lump crab meat
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups Cajun Trinity
2 cloves of minced garlic
1 quart Half and Half
3-5 cups finely shredded Cheddar cheese
Green onions – chopped for mixture and garnish
Parsley – chopped
¼ teaspoon each
nutmeg, white pepper, salt and Tony’s Creole Seasoning
4-6 oven-safe baking dishes
Deep skillet
Baking sheet

How to Make Crab Au Gratin

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place your baking dishes on a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.

Melt 4 tablespoons of butter and sauté the Cajun Trinity and garlic until well wilted.

Gradually add 4 tablespoons of flour and stirring for 2 minutes or so.

Add in Half and Half mixing well.

Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes to form a thick white sauce.

Stir constantly to prevent scorching or burning.

Turn off the heat.  Stir in seasoning at ¼ teaspoon each, 3-4 cups of cheese, small amount of green onions and parsley.  Mix well.

Fold in the crabmeat.  Spoon the mixture into individual baking dishes.  Cover with additional cheese.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

You can probably bake longer for a darker browning on top.  You just need to watch it to keep from burning.

Also, optional after the 15 minutes, turn the oven on broil to brown the cheese on top.

Crab Au Gratin

Crab Au Gratin

Carefully remove from the oven and garnish with chopped green onions or a parsley sprig.

Serves well with a steamed vegetable or side salad and crusty French bread.

Note:  The leftovers reheated well and were fantastic served with crackers like an appetizer. 

Beryl Stokes

Beryl Stokes