Comfort Food

THIS! :slight_smile: Rushing out for ingredients.

Makin’ 'em tomorrow!

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Etouffee

Roux
1 Stick Butter
1/2 Cup Flour

Cajun trinity
3/4 Cup Chopped Onions
3/4 Cup Chopped Celery
3/4 Cup Chopped Bell Peppers

3-5 Cloves of minced Garlic
1 ½ Tbsp Cajun Essence (recipe below)
1 ½ tsp of Tony Chachere’s Cajun seasoning-skip this if you don’t want it spicy
½ – 1 cup white wine that you like.
3 Cups Shrimp Stock (recipe below) or Chicken Stock or any other you want to make.

Garnish
1/4 Cup Chopped Green Onion Tops
1/4 Cup Chopped Parsley

Meat
12 oz Cooked Crawfish (usually from a bag) or Raw shrimp peeled, de-veined and cut in half.
**Substitute chicken, rabbit (aka “hoppy chicken”) or anything else you might think would be good.
**Optional – 12-15 oz can diced tomatoes or freshly chopped tomatoes.
**Optional - 1 Tbsp Tomato Paste
Tomatoes are optional because Creole cooking uses tomatoes and Cajun cooking does not.

To make the Roux-
In small non stick pan melt 1 stick of butter and add the ½ cup of flour.
Stir continuously (not kidding) for up to 45 minutes over medium heat until it has thickened and turned a reddish brown. It takes me 15 minutes on my stove. Set this aside.

In cast Iron skillet pre-heated over medium heat-Add your “trinity” (chopped onions, celery, bell peppers). I don’t add oil because the liquid content of the veggies will come out.

Allow to cook until vegetables begin to soften (approx 15 minutes).

Add garlic and white wine if using at this point.
Add about ½ of the stock, stir in the roux and then the remaining stock if needed. I always need it. Hopefully you remembered to make your stock in advance!!!

Add 1 ½ Tbsp of cajun essence and the Tony Chachere’s if using-I do.
Add tomato and paste if using at this point-liquid from tomatoes will replace some of stock.
Add shrimp or other meat at this time-if you have crawfish add some water (or stock) to the bag to help loosen the fat and pour that into your skillet as well-which is why you may not have used all the stock.

Simmer for about 10-15 minutes.

Depending on the meat you use this time may differ. Meat that is already cooked may need less simmer. Raw shrimp you may not need to cook as long etc.

Serve over hot rice. Use par boiled rice-you will be glad you did. I like to put the rice in the middle of a plate or wide bowl and ladle the etouffee all around it and garnish with some fresh-chopped parsley, green onion tops and a little Tabasco for color and the flavor.

Cajun Essence
3 Tbsp Paprika
2 Tbsp Salt
2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Onion Powder
1 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
1 Tbsp Dried Thyme
combine all of this together in a jar and use only the amount as indicated in the above recipe!!!

Stock
Using whatever veggies you want
Add celery tops, onion tops and garlic ends to the shrimp heads, shells and tails with about 4-5 cups of water. After boiling simmer for about 1 hour. A little Tony Chachere’s sprinkled in this works too. If not flavorful enough to suit you add some chicken stock or bouillon to it. Strain though wire mesh into a bowl. If you make this in advance and freeze it you may save a little time making dinner.

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I have always wanted this recipe! Many thanks for sharing.

You’re welcome Jan. I got it from a one-armed Cajun. Well he gave me most of it, Emeril Lagasse provided the “cajun essence” and I just made it part of this.

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Let the games begin lol

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OH my!

For me has to be a a home made Sunday roast dinner with proper Yorkshire Puddings

Tigg x

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Comfort food? Don’t need no steenkin’ recipes.

Breakfast: peanut butter toast with bacon.

Lunch: Bleu Cheeseburger and shoestring fries

Dinner: Anchovy pizza.

I learned to love anchovy pizza as a sophomore in college. I could park in the frat house TV room with my pizza and nobody ever asked to share. Asked me to get the stinking fish out of there, yes. But the pie was all mine.

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I like my carbs so I am a bread and butter kind of guy.

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I’ll join you for the bread as long as I’m allowed to toast it a crumby crunch before I put the butter on. The butter needs to remain its own entity.

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Soon I will be very comfortable AND FULL. 9 toppings, 3 cheeses. Now there’s some carbs for ya ? Lol

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Any left? I love cold pizza for breakfast!

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As a matter of fact yes but you need three hands to lift it lol :joy:

I could easily arrange to bring an extra hand or two. My husband has been known to lend a hand when pizza needs eating. lol

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Hahahahaha, hahahahaha :+1:t2:

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As the aforementioned husband, I prefer this approach to comfort food so that no third hand is necessary.

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Ahaha, ahaha, priceless :+1:t2:

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I actually need less comfort, more inspiration.
Coffee