Crawfish Monica

As you all know my hubby is from New Orleans and we lived there together for a couple years so I am always cooking up something to remind of us of our time there. 
Jazz fest started this past weekend in New Orleans and was one of our favorite festivals. The food they serve at Jazz Fest is amazing. It's one of the things we would always look forward to. So one of the dished that I really love that they always serve is a dish called Crawfish Monica. So in honor of Jazz Fest this year I decided to make a batch myself. It turned out great. Little Milton even ate a huge bowl of it. I found the original recipe {HERE}

This is a very simple and elegant dish, and will impress your guests in a big way. It's also one of the most popular dishes served at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; the line at the Crawfish Monica booth is one of longest on the Fairgrounds. If you don't have crawfish available in your area, it works well with shrimp, oysters or crabmeat. 

1 lb. crawfish tails, boiled and peeled; OR
1 lb. shrimp, peeled; OR
1 lb. lump crabmeat; OR
1 lb. oysters, drained and quartered.
1 stick butter (Do not use margarine.)
1 pint half-and-half or heavy cream
1 good-sized bunch green onions, chopped (tops, too) 
3 - 10 cloves garlic, chopped (to your taste, I used 7)
1-2 tbs Creole Seasoning (I used half a tablespoon of tony's and half a tablespoon old Bay)
1 lb. cooked fresh pasta (Rotelli is preferred, use your favorite shape.)
Cook pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain, then rinse under cool water. Drain again, thoroughly. Melt the butter in a large pot and sauté onions and garlic for 3 minutes. Add the seafood and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the half-and-half, then add several big pinches of Creole seasoning, tasting before the next pinch until you think it's right. Cook for 5 - 10 minutes over medium heat until the sauce thickens. Add the pasta and toss well. Let it sit for 10 minutes or so over very low heat, stirring often. Serve immediately.



Melynda said...

This sounds great, I have learned about Tony's seasoning.

Lindsay said...

Your recipes always inspire me to be a better cook. I FAIL terribly in this area. YUM!

Breann said...

HANNA! Stop doing this to me!
Looks so good...

Val said...

Have mercy.......this looks delightful.

Melissa said...

This recipe looks wonderful! thanx for sharing!

Noah's Crew said...

This looks delicious, thanks for sharing

~Laura said...

Looks great!

val said...

this looks delicious..

Robyn Burke said...

Makes my mouth water!

erin.nicole said...

I am just dying to try this recipe!! it looks so so amazing!


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