I was one excited woman the other day.
It was all because of the FedEx man.
Get your minds out of the gutter! Look what he brought me:
Was I going to have fun or what?!
Is that a sink full of heaven for a cook like me?
They actually came in a Styrofoam box but I took them out and rinsed them off before checking them to make sure they were all alive. You cannot cook dead crawfish. All but three of these live crawfish made it. I put them back in the box to wait as I boiled the water to cook them. I was going to use some the same night as I was having company, the others were going to go into a variety of meals that you will see later.
They are tricky little bugs.
They kept trying to explore.
I did not need one getting lost in my kitchen – it would have started to stink after a bit so I kept a good watch on them.
So did Sherpa the Farm cat.
That is a post all by itself….
Since my company was arriving soon I got to work!
The crawfish came from the Louisiana Crawfish Company and they were FRESH, FRESH, FRESH. In fact, they were snappin’ fresh!
I received the Live Crawfish Party Pack. (Wait ’til you see Sherpa in the Mardi Gras beads!)
I put two big pots on to boil. In one I just added some salt.
In the second I put some of the Seafood Boil that came with the Party Pack. I split the crawfish up; 1/3 went into the pot with the seafood boil for serving to my company and the rest went into the salted water for me to play with in future meals. Bwahahahaha!
Since I was not completely sure what I was going to be doing with them I had a ice water bath ready to shock them after they had boiled for three minutes. I did not want them to be over cooked. That would be a crime for crustaceans this fresh.
I sat them in a bowl until I was ready to take the tail meat for the Crawfish Salad I ultimately served with my dinner. They are easy to clean; you just pull the tail off of the body. I save the bodies for stock making. They crack the tails and pull the meat out rather like a shrimp. You make sure to clean them out like you would a shrimp too. There is a How To Video right on the Lousiana Crawfish site if you have not had these delicious tidbits before.
Since I was having company and my FedEx man did not indicate their arrival and I did not find them until later in the day (erm, 3:30 and guests were due at 5:50!) I wasn’t going to be able to pull off anything complicated. I was actually rather pleased I got them cooked and dealt with!
I made a lovely little crawfish salad using the Louisiana Crawfish Co Creole Seasoning and Hot Sauce that came in the party pack. I took a bit of mayonnaise, some white vinegar and added in a couple of good shakes of the Creole seasoning. Then I slowly added the hot sauce until it had the kick that I wanted. I added salt to taste.
Isn’t it pretty?
It was a tasty addition to our chicken dinner.
The crawfish were perfection. I mean, really – could they have been any fresher?
My interactions with the Louisiana Crawfish Company have been excellent – their customer service department are right there with answers to any questions you might have.
I am making stock as I type this and my house smells heavenly. There will be several more posts showing the many ways that you can incorporate crawfish into foods you might not expect.
You can shop at the Louisiana Crawfish Company
You can find the Louisiana Crawfish Company on Facebook
You can learn the history of the Louisiana Crawfish Company
Disclosure: I received a box o’crawfish gratis from the Louisiana Crawfish Company. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free product. I received no monetary compensation for this post.