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Old Tyme Cajun Cornbread Casserole

A very creative take on a casserole dish using three Louisiana seafood favorites: crawfish, shrimp, and blue crab.

Cooking/Prep Time: 1 to 1 1/2 hour
Serves 6 to 12

Shrimp, Crab, Crawfish, Appetizer

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Ingredients

  • 2 packages Pioneer Yellow Cornbread Mix
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup green onions, tops and bottoms, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 lb. boiled and chopped hot sausage
  • 1 lb. Louisiana wild-caught shrimp, peeled and de-veined (16–20 count)
  • 1 lb. Louisiana crawfish tails, chopped
  • 1 lb. Louisiana blue crab claw meat
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 11 oz. can cream-style corn
  • 1/2 cup rich chicken or seafood broth (if needed)
  • 2 whole eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley, minced
  • Frank Davis Sprinkling Spice or other Cajun seasoning

Directions

1.) Bake the cornbread as directed per the package instructions. Don’t shut your oven off.

2.) Next, allow the cornbread to cool, and then crumble it with your hands into a large mixing bowl.  

3.) Melt the butter in a large sauté pan (I’m thinking maybe a 14-incher), then add the onions, celery, and bell pepper, and simmer the mixture down until the onions clear.

4.) When all that’s done, drop in the hot sausage and add in the shrimp, the crawfish tails, and the crab claw meat.

5.) Toss completely, and cook the mixture for about 5 minutes, stirring often.

6.) Then add the milk and creamed corn, and stir until that mixture is fully blended. If at this point you notice that the casserole is a tad on the dry side, stir in about 1/2 cup rich chicken or seafood broth.

7.) Finish the casserole by folding all these ingredients into your bowl of crumbled-up cornbread. Fold in the beaten eggs, the shredded cheddar cheese, and the minced Italian flat-leaf parsley.

8.) Season the mixture with either a little Frank Davis Sprinkling Spice or Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning to taste.

9.) Then transfer the concoction to an 11x14-inch baking dish and bake it at 350°F for right about 45 minutes until deep golden brown.

10.) Enjoy any time you get a hankering for eating something good!

Chef’s note: If you can’t find Pioneer Cornbread Mix where you shop, then substitute the mix in your store that has the lowest sugar content. You don’t want this rich seafood-flavored casserole tasting overly sweet.