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Monday, January 14, 2019

Crawfish Bisque With Stuffed "Heads" ( a labor of love) lol




This is a dish from my childhood. I remember Mom and aunts spending pretty much the whole day stuffing heads and cooking the "gravy" for a huge family feast. When Mom passed, I made sure to save her recipes.. This one brings back good memories for me!

I don't measure exactly, but I make it the way I was shown by Mom.

I saved a few heads from my last crawdad boil. 


Boiled the shells (midsections with heads) in water with baking soda added...this cleans the shells. 



rinse and drain well..


Prepared the stuffing...
Crawfish tail meat, scallions, onion, celery, garlic, eggs, peppers, parsley, seasoned bread crumbs, tomato, and pet milk...


I grind everything, blend in the eggs and add the milk til the stuffing holds together well..




Stuff the cleaned shells...





Dip the stuffing side of the heads in flour and fry in butter to "set" the stuffing...







Make the "gravy" for the heads.
Start by making a dark roux...



Add peppers, onions, scallions, celery, garlic...
cook til tender.


Add crawfish stock, shrimp stock or chicken stock, salt and cayenne pepper to taste, you can add cajun seasoning or liquid crab boil to taste too...

Add crawfish tails and let it heat through..


Stir in fresh parsley and chopped scallions and add the stuffed heads to heat...


Serve with rice! 



Clip the shells on the side of your bowl as you eat em. lol



This is one of my favorite dishes of all time. Not only is it comforting, it reminds me of good times growing up and how special my mom was.

Hope everyone is having a great new year so far! I know winter has hit some of you hard. Keep safe and warm!

Thanks for stopping by..

6 comments:

Rob said...

Stuffed heads! That was different but it looks good.

It is good to see you posting again!!

cowgirl said...

Thank you Rob!
A lot of people just roll the stuffing into balls instead of using the crawfish heads. It's a lot quicker that way. lol
Good to see you, hope your week is going well!

Errol Judy said...

Glad you are back and on the mend. That recipe sure looks full of flavor! Enjoy your posts.

Oneeye said...

And I thought that ABTs were a lot of work!


Good to see you posting again.

cowgirl said...

Thanks so much Errol Judy... Good to see ya! :)
It's one of my favorite meals. Lots of work but usually worth it. lol
Hope all is well with you! Have a great Sunday!

cowgirl said...

Thank you Oneeye!
lol I love abts but rarely make them. I should!
Hope you're having a great weekend, it's good to see ya! :)