Food Snob Chronicles — A New England-style sandwich for the Louisianan in all of us (Recipe: Crawfish Roll)

I‘ll say it up front. I’m not from Louisiana, nor have I jumped on the LSU Tigers/New Orleans bandwagon with 80 million others over the past 10 years. But that’s not to say I don’t like the place.

The Pelican State is chock-full of beautiful antebellum homes and ecological rarities.  There are plenty of places to become lost, whether it’s in a flat-bottom boat in the middle of nowhere, or at any one of hundreds of craps tables spread throughout.  Believe it or not, Louisiana also has one of the largest Satsuma (Mandarin Orange) industries this side of the Far East.  And it’s also one of the few states I’ve visited in which you can fill your car’s tank and stock up on beef jerky and Everclear at the same location.

But what I like most about Louisiana is the food. Cajun and Creole seem to get most of the attention and deservedly so. But some of my all-time favorite seafood, barbecue, fried chicken and Central American samplings were devoured right off the Interstate 20 corridor between Shreveport and the Mississippi River.

We don’t celebrate Mardi Gras in my home, and it’s mainly because we don’t want to have to behave ourselves in the weeks that follow. But we theme our food this time of year right up there with those folks who decorate everything in green, gold and purple and sport Geaux Tigers decals on their Escalades. This year we’re fusing some New England panache – lobster roll – with Louisiana-born ingredients.  Ça c’est wicked bon!

Crawfish Roll

Crawfish Roll  –  New England panache fused with Louisiana-born ingredients.  Ça c'est wicked bon!

Crawfish Roll – New England panache fused with Louisiana-born ingredients. Ça c’est wicked bon!

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Crawfish Roll
 
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Crawfish Roll – New England panache fused with Louisiana-born ingredients. Ça c'est wicked bon!
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Cajun/Creole
Serves: 4 Addictive Sandwiches
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. – Crawfish tails, cleaned and cooked*
  • 2 ribs – Celery, diced
  • 1 recipe – Real Rémoulade Sauce
  • 4 – Baguettes (about 6 inches in length), tops split
  • 8 TB – Butter
Instructions
  1. Combine crawfish, celery and rémoulade. Place in covered container in refrigerator for 2-3 hours for flavors to meld.
  2. Spread 1 TB butter on each (in)side of the baguettes. Place under a broiler (toaster oven is fine) for about 2 minutes. Divide and spoon cold crawfish salad in each roll. Serve with Louisiana-style hot sauce if desired.
Notes
*- Frozen crawfish is fine. Just thaw and rinse. You can also substitute/combine shrimp, lobster or langostino.
Get the recipe for Real Rémoulade here: http://tinyurl.com/pd7ug4n

 

 

Comments

  1. Oh Me Oh My Crawfish Pie! That looks so delicious – I love crawfish and remoulade sauce is right up there in my favorite things category. Oohhh Weee! Laissez les bons temps rouler!

  2. I was wondering how you were going to bring this one into a landing in New England but by jove, you did! One of our favorite restaurants in the next town over is owned by a fellow from Louisiana & he always has a great choice of authentic dishes that he’s somehow tailored for New England tastes.

  3. I need to visit Louisiana because I always wanted to eat the local food and crayfish.

  4. Damn, that looks good! I’d eat it in a heartbeat and wash it down with an Abita. Or a sazerac! :)

    • adamjholland says:

      Funny that you mention that, because I washed it down with Abita’s Grapefruit IPA. Thanks for the kind words.

  5. I’ve only been to New Orleans once and I fell in love with the place. With Every bite of food that I put into my mouth I said “why does this taste so good?”. Nothing like the cajun/creole reenactments that have taken place in my kitchen. I really like this roll. Since I’d have to fly crawfish in, I’d love to try this with shrimp, and my favorite Pappas Brothers remoulade sauce. YUM. And with that said, I do have some exciting news…. (not that it has anything to do with your beautiful sandwich) I actually found tasso for sale at a specialty market here in Denver. Finally.

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