Reheating—To reheat crawfish, place them in a steaming basket with a few inches of water at
the bottom of the pot and steam for about 5 minutes or until the crawfish are piping hot.
Seasoning—If you want to be more adventurous, try the following preparation method: fill a
stock pot with water until it reaches about 4-inches up the side. Add in ¼ cup white vinegar and 8 ounces beer over high heat. Layer the
crawfish in a steaming basket and seasoning every layer with a sprinkle of Old Bay seasoning. You will end up using about ¼ cup of Old
Bay seasoning for a mild flavor. When the water starts to boil and steam, add the basket of crawfish and cover it with a lid. When the water
begins to boil again and the steam resumes, cook the crawfish for 5 minutes or until piping hot. Turn the crawfish out onto a tray and dig in!
Seafood Potpie with Crawfish and Shrimp
1 pound medium shrimp, shelled and deveined 1 pound crawfish
tails, shelled and chopped 1 onion, finely chopped 1 cup cooked white rice ½ cup frozen green peas 1 baked potato, peeled and
cut into ¼-inch cubes 1 15-ounce can corn chowder ½ cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon kosher salt Puff pastry or pre-made pie
crust, enough for six 5-inch-wide ramekins
This is a childhood favorite of mine, so full
of comfort and flavor. My great-grandmother Susanna made potpies every Sunday. No one ever wrote down the recipe, so this is my best guess. She
would have made the pie crust by hand and shelled and shucked her own peas and corn. This recipe cuts a few corners and uses crawfish and shrimp
instead of chicken, but is still delicious.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with two racks placed at least 5 inches apart.
In a large bowl, combine the shrimp, crawfish, onions, rice, peas, potato, corn chowder, cream, and salt. Mix
everything until well combined. Evenly divide the mixture among six ramekins (about 2 inches deep). Cut out 6 pastry discs from the pastry large
enough to cover the tops of the ramekins with an extra ½ inch overhang. Either drape the pastry over the shrimp mixture and gently press on the
pastry until it is secured against the ramekin, or, to make a traditional crust, fold over the extra pastry and pinch it between your fingers to
make a rim. Place the ramekins on two sheet pans with a piece of foil tented over them and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for
another 10 minutes, or until the crusts turn golden brown. Serve the pies with a fork and spoon. Careful, the contents are mighty hot!
Yield: 6 servings
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