Sunday, April 19, 2015

How to bring New Orleans into your home and host an amazing crawfish boil!

Phew, we're finally recovered and back to normal after last weekend's crazy busy, and fun-filled Sunday! My lady and I hosted our 4th Annual Crawfish Boil - a time where I bring a little bit of my New Orleans heritage down to Florida to share with those I love.  Friends and family from near and far came over to visit us, enjoy our garden, and suck down a few heads!

We always showcase a few varieties of beer from our good friends' brewery, Pair O' Dice Brewing Company - this year we selected Cascade Amber and Lucky Lucy Strawberry Blond Ale. 

We shipped 100 lbs of live Crawfish straight from Louisiana!

The day turned out to be gorgeous, and good times swept the yard.  By the end of the night, we had less than a pound of tailmeat left - a sure sign we had some good eaters at the party!

6 Steps to Hosting Your Own Cajun Crawfish Boil

  1. Set a date and invite friends and family!

  2. The most important step - Order the (LIVE) crawfish!  Louisiana Crawfish Company makes it easy to order online and pick up at the airport, with as little as 2 days notice. You want to order 2-3 lbs of crawfish per person eating. Have them delivered a day in advance so you can purge the crawfish ahead of time.  

  3. We're not affiliated with Louisiana Crawfish Co. at all, but want to give them a big shout-out to them for their hard work & excellent customer service, Thank you!

  4. When your mudbugs arrive (the day before your party), it's time to purge. All you really need to do here is submerge them in fresh water for 12-24 hours. So, Saturday evening I separated the crawfish into 2 totes and filled it up with water from the hose.  Easy peasy - they'll be good to go until the next day.  Just make sure your lid is on tight!

  5. Gather your supplies.  Here's what you'll need:
  6. (all of these links are to items we've purchased ourselves on Amazon)

    Tasty Additions to add to your boil 
    • Andouille Sausage (or regular Polish Kielbasa works just fine) 
    • Baby red potatoes
    • mini corn-on-the-cob
    • whole button mushrooms
    • whole garlic heads
    • yellow onions, peeled & quartered
    • lemons, halved

  7. It's Boil Time! Fill up your boil pot halfway with water. Put in on the burner and fire up the heat. Cut off the tops of garlic heads and add to the pot along with baby potatoes.  Wait a couple minutes then add lemons, corn cobs and onions and cajun seasoning.  Boil for about 8 minutes.  Add mushrooms & sausage, boil for additional 2 minutes.  Drop in your first batch of crawfish, making sure not to overcrowd the pot.  Bring back up to a boil then put the lid on and hold it there for 4 minutes. At this point, turn off the heat and let it rest for 2-4 minutes.  Carefully remove the lid and let it cool for 10 min.  Add half a bag of ice and let it cool for 5 more min.  Stir every once in a while.  Set off to the side and let the liquid drain before serving.

  8. Eat up!  Spread newspaper out on a table and pour out your first batch of (drained) crawfish.  At this point you might have a bunch of confused onlookers staring at the pile of crawfish not knowing what to do.  Start the party yourself and be the first one to dive in -peeling crawfish is super easy, once you get the hang of it!    

How to Peel & Eat Crawfish

  1. Grab the biggest crawfish you can find
  2. Hold the head with one hand and the tail with the other.
  3. Twist and pull the head from the tail. his is the best part - sucking the heads! Take a deep breath now, you're not really sucking out the brains - I promise!  Be brave and try it at least once!
  4. Toss the head in the trash pile.  Peel off the first 2 or 3 rings from the tail.
  5. Pinch the end of the tail while you pull the meat from the shell.
  6. Repeat steps 1 - 5!
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