Hi everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather.I know we are! We have been spending lots of time outside, and we are even working on our first garden! I love our little house but landscaping is what was missing. So, I’ve been researching different plants and planting them, in hopes of keeping them alive (I have a bad track record with plants). I’m also planting a few fresh herbs that I can’t wait to use in my cooking. I love learning and trying new things.
As I mentioned in my last post, we love crawfish boils in South Louisiana. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, there will be leftover crawfish (And generous people who are willing to sit and peel). When this happens, Cajuns get creative and make crawfish etoufee, crawfish stew, crawfish pie, to name a few. My dad’s favorite thing to make with leftover crawfish was crawfish boil soup. A creamy, spicy soup full of crawfish, corn, garlic, sausage, and anything else in the crawfish boil made for a satisfying soup that everyone loved! It was one of my favorite things he cooked, if not my FAVORITE thing.
I love getting creative in the kitchen, especially with leftovers. A few years ago when I was living in Baton Rouge and going to LSU for graduate school I hosted a crawfish boil with all of my MSW classmates. I peeled the leftovers and had the idea to create crawfish boil pasta salad. I gathered all the crawfish, leftover crawfish fixins, a little crawfish dip, and Johnny Jambalaya’s Herb Dressing and Marinade and voila! My crawfish boil pasta salad was born. I fell in love with it because A. I love pasta salad. B. It was so full of the wonderful flavors of the crawfish boil. C. It’s great to keep in the fridge and let everyone munch on after a big crawfish boil. I made this crawfish boil pasta salad with about 3 lbs. of leftover crawfish from my inlaws Easter crawfish boil. I made it for my mother in law’s youngest son, Levi’s, First Communion party. It was a big hit! And it is really simple.
I really hope you guys try this one with your leftover crawfish. What do you make with leftover crawfish? Please share!
Here we go!
Music Pairing: Tab Benoit
Beer pairing: Abita Strawberry
JJ Herb Dressing and marinade
Celery, or green onion
Leftovers from crawfish boil: Crawfish, sausage, garlic, mushrooms..anything you have
Drain in colander and pour a little Johnny Jambalayas Herb Dressing and marinade on pasta WHILE HOT.
Mix crawfish dip (equal parts mayo, ketchup, 1/4 cup Johnny Jambalayas Herb Dressing and Marinade).
Let pasta cool. Pour dip over pasta.
Add crawfish boil fixins: crawfish, corn, sausage, onion,garlic (whateva you got, sha)
Add a little celery or green onion for some crunch.
Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Now that’s how you put some soul in yo bowl.