Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Crawfish Crepes with Creole Cream Sauce

My best friend was visiting her family in South Louisiana over the holidays, and wrote to me bragging about the great deal she got on frozen crawfish tails.  Not only am I jealous, but it gave me a craving for a great crawfish dish.   As I browsed through the pantry to see "what was there" to prepare my grocery list, my eyes landed on the crepe maker that my brother gave me several years ago.  That's all it took for my mind to formulate this grand scheme for this evening's meal.  I knew it would just be my husband and me, so this would be the perfect opportunity to break out an elegant meal that did not include juice pouches or homework projects or such.  

These crepes are delicate and delicious, and whomever you cook them for will definitely be feeling loved!  It's really a shame that you would only typically get this in a fine dining restaurant, because its a simple dish.  You could easily make this ahead of time and pop it into the oven for a dinner party or some such celebration.  And if you live in an area where you can buy ready made crepes, then you are home free!  Crawfish are "in season" here in the South in the Spring, but you can purchase the frozen tails all year round, which is super great. 

Don't be intimidated to make this!  1.  It's less expensive and way cooler for you to go buy the ingredients to make this yourself than driving down to New Orleans.  2.  You are going to impress the heck out of someone with this!  3.  I'll walk you through this step-by-step!  Deal?!  :)  Now I know that you looked at this long list and said "no way."  But seriously, there are just a bunch of seasonings here... nothing hard!  If there is one thing you learn about cooking when you grow up in Louisiana, it's that food should be well seasoned!

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Ingredients:   (for 4 servings)

Crepes - 
  • 2 lg eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 3 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp finely chopped chives
  • pinch of kosher salt
Filling -
  • 3 1/2 oz herbed goat cheese
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tsp finely chopped shallots
  • 1 tsp finely chopped chives
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup rinsed, chopped crawfish tails
  • 2 tsp finely chopped parsley
Creole Cream Sauce - 
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp finely diced onion
  • 2 Tbsp bell pepper (mixed red and green)
  • 1/4 cup diced tomato
  • 1 Tbsp finely minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped crimini mushrooms (baby bellas)
  • 1 tsp Creole seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp  flour
  • 1 cup rinsed crawfish tails
  • 2 Tbsp butter to finish
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste
Garnish -
  • finely diced tomatoes
  • chopped parsley 
Menu Options!  If you don't have crawfish available to you, you could certainly use shrimp, scallops, or lobster.  Even lump crabmeat would be delicious.  And when I've not had time to make crepes, I've just the filling and sauce over nice crusty crostini as a fabulous appetizer!  I'm thinking the sauce would also be amazing over a nice bed of linguini or angel hair pasta.  :)

Plan of attack!  
You can make this ahead of time for your dinner party (even a couple of days in advance).  The crepes can be made and filled and just refrigerated.  Same goes for the sauce.  

For making on the same evening.. 1.  Make the crepe batter first.  2.  Make the filling second.  Make the sauce last.  It doesn't take long at all and you can do it while the crepes bake if you have everything prepped.

Crepes - 
Combine all the ingredients, whisking them together.  It should be the consistency of a heavy creme, not as thick as a pancake batter. 

1 cup all purpose flour + 3/4 cup milk + 1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp melted butter + pinch of kosher salt
2 large eggs + 1 tsp finely chopped chives

If you have time, refrigerate it for a while (30+ minutes) to allow the bubbles to dissipate.

Cook about 1 oz of batter at a time.  If cooking in a skillet, swirl the batter until you get a thin circle.  They only need to cook about 1 minute until the slightest brown.  Flip and cook about 15 seconds on the second side.  Set out on cooling racks.  I'm using a crepe maker, so my method was a little different, in that you just dip it and the batter cooks directly on the machine.



Filling -  
Combine all ingredients and set aside. 

3 1/2 oz herbed goat cheese + 2 oz cream cheese.  *I've also made this filling with Boursin cheese when I couldn't find goat cheese, and it worked really well.

1 tsp finely chopped chives + 1 tsp finely chopped shallots

1/4 tsp kosher salt + 1/4 tsp black pepper

2 tsp chopped parsley

1/4 cup rinsed, chopped crawfish tails
Washing your crawfish seems to be a hotbed of contention among my readers.  Many feel you should not rinse them.  Let me again reiterate that this is a personal choice.  If you want all the flavor of the fat, don't rinse.  If you are like me and bristle at the smell when you first open that package, then be guest to rinse them. 

If you live in an area where you can not find local, Louisiana crawfish.  You can purchase them online at CajunGrocer.com and they will ship them to you.
Fill the crepes -
Prepare pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Divide the filling equally among the crepes.  It comes out to about 1 Tbsp each.  Roll them up and place them seam side down in a casserole dish prepared with nonstick cooking spray.  It won't look like much, but it's a rich filling, so the proportions work well with the amount of crepe you get per bite.  If you think you'd like more filling, the recipe is easily doubled.



Sauce -
In a skillet, saute diced onions and bell peppers in the butter.  Cook a few minutes until they start to soften.
2 Tbsp butter + 3 Tbsp finely diced onion + 2 Tbsp mixed red and green bell peppers
Add the chopped mushrooms and allow them to cook down a minute.
1/4 cup chopped crimini mushrooms
Add in the diced tomatoes, chopped garlic, and parsley.  Cook another minute or so until fragrant.  Season with Creole seasoning.
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
1 Tbsp chopped parsely + 1 Tbsp finely  minced garlic
1 tsp Creole seasoning
Add in the flour and stir it around to form the basis for our roux.
1 tsp flour
Deglaze pan with white wine and heavy cream.  Bring to a boil and cook until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon. 
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup heavy cream



Then add in the crawfish tails and pats of butter.  Cook only 1 minute or so more to warm the tails through.  They are already cooked, and you don't want them to be tough.  Turn off the heat. 
1 cup peeled and rinsed crawfish tails
2 Tbsp butter
Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
salt and pepper to taste
Assemble - 
Okay, here we are back at the crepes that we rolled.  When you are ready, bake the room temperature crepes uncovered at 350 for about 10 - 15 minutes until heated through. 
Arrange a couple of crepes on a plate, and spoon some of the crawfish sauce over the top.  Garnish with a bit of chopped tomatoes and fresh chopped parsley.

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Menu Options!  If you don't have crawfish available to you, you could certainly use shrimp, scallops, or lobster.  Even lump crabmeat would be delicious.  And when I've not had time to make crepes, I've just the filling and sauce over nice crusty crostini as a fabulous appetizer!  I'm thinking the sauce would also be amazing over a nice bed of linguini or angel hair pasta.  :)


Plan of attack!  
You can make this ahead of time for your dinner party (even a couple of days in advance).  The crepes can be made and filled and just refrigerated.  Same goes for the sauce.  

For making on the same evening.. 1.  Make the crepe batter first.  2.  Make the filling second.  Make the sauce last.  It doesn't take long at all and you can do it while the crepes bake if you have everything prepped.

Crepes - 
Combine all the ingredients, whisking them together.  It should be the consistency of a heavy creme, not as thick as a pancake batter.  If you have time, refrigerate it for a while (30+ minutes) to allow the bubbles to dissipate.

Cook about 1 oz of batter at a time.  If cooking in a skillet, swirl the batter until you get a thin circle.  They only need to cook about 1 minute until the slightest brown.  Flip and cook about 15 seconds on the second side.  Set out on cooling racks.  I'm using a crepe maker, so my method was a little different, in that you just dip it and the batter cooks directly on the machine.

Filling -  
Combine all ingredients and set aside. *I've also made this filling with Boursin cheese when I couldn't find goat cheese, and it worked really well.

Fill the crepes -
Prepare pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Divide the filling equally among the crepes.  It comes out to about 1 Tbsp each.  Roll them up and place them seam side down in a casserole dish prepared with nonstick cooking spray.  It won't look like much, but it's a rich filling, so the proportions work well with the amount of crepe you get per bite.  If you think you'd like more filling, the recipe is easily doubled.

Sauce -
In a skillet, saute diced onions and bell peppers in the butter.  Cook a few minutes until they start to soften.  Add the chopped mushrooms and allow them to cook down a minute.  Add in the diced tomatoes, chopped garlic, and parsley.  Cook another minute or so until fragrant.  Season with Creole seasoning.  Add in the flour and stir it around to form the basis for our roux.  Deglaze pan with white wine and heavy cream.  Bring to a boil and cook until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon.   Then add in the crawfish tails and pats of butter.  Cook only 1 minute or so more to warm the tails through.  They are already cooked, and you don't want them to be tough.  Turn off the heat. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Assemble - 
Okay, here we are back at the crepes that we rolled.  When you are ready, bake the room temperature crepes uncovered at 350 for about 10 - 15 minutes until heated through.  Arrange a couple of crepes on a plate, and spoon some of the crawfish sauce over the top.  Garnish with a bit of chopped tomatoes and fresh chopped parsley.

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