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Crawfish Dip with Fried Bow Tie Pasta

Save the chips for another day and scoop up this tasty dip with unexpected fried pasta.

Cooking/Prep Time: 45 minutes
Serves 6

Crawfish, Appetizer

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Ingredients

  • Crawfish Dip
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (1 oz.) package dried porcini mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb. cooked crawfish tail meat
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Fried Bow Tie Pasta
  • 8 oz. hot cooked bow tie pasta
  • 1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3 Tbsp. Creole seasoning
  • Peanut oil, for frying

Directions

Crawfish Dip

1.) In a medium microwave-safe bowl, heat 1 cup water in the microwave on High until very hot. Add mushrooms, and let stand 15 minutes or until mushrooms soften. Strain mushrooms through a fine-mesh sieve. Reserve liquid, and finely chop mushrooms.

2.) In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add green onion, and cook about 3 minutes or until softened. Stir in flour; cook 5 minutes.

3.) Add chopped mushrooms, reserved mushroom liquid, and garlic; bring to a low boil.

4.) Stir in crawfish, salt, and peppers; cook 5 minutes more. Reduce heat to low; stir in sour cream and parsley. Serve warm with Fried Bow Tie Pasta.

Fried Bow Tie Pasta

1.) Arrange pasta in a single layer over paper towels to remove any remaining water. In a large bowl, combine pasta, cornmeal, and Creole seasoning, tossing well to coat.

2.) In a large pot or Dutch oven, pour oil to a depth of 2 inches; heat over medium-high heat until a candy or deep-fry thermometer reads 375º.

3.) Shake excess cornmeal mixture from pasta, and add in small batches to hot oil; cook 4 minutes or until golden brown. Remove pasta to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet to drain. Pasta will keep up to 1 week in an airtight container.

Notes: When you're working through that mountain of boiled crawfish, don't eat the straight ones—they weren't alive when they went into the boiling pot.