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Cocktail Crawfish Turnovers

Cocktail Crawfish Turnovers

This is a cheesy crawfish turnover filled with chopped vegetables and fresh Louisiana crawfish tails.


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Emeril's Original Essence
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 pound peeled Louisiana crawfish tails
  • 1/4 cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 (17.3 ounce) package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed in the refrigerator
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten with 2 teaspoons water


  1. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, bell peppers, and celery. Season with the Essence, salt, and cayenne and cook, stirring, until the onion is slightly soft, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add flour and cook, stirring until the mixture is lightly golden, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add milk and continue stirring until the mixture is smooth and thick, about 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat. Add crawfish tails, cheese, green onions, and parsley. Stir to mix well.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  7. Heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  8. Roll out each pastry sheet to 12 x 15 inches on a lightly floured surface. Trim the edges to make them even. With a sharp knife, cut each sheet into 20 (3-inch) squares.
  9. Mound about 2 teaspoons of the crawfish mixture in the center of each square, brush 2 edges of the squares with the egg wash, fold over diagonally, and seal. Crimp the edges with a fork. Lightly brush the tops of the turnovers with some of the egg wash. Using the tip of a paring knife, make a tiny slit in the top of each turnover so that steam can escape during baking.
  10. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Place turnovers about an inch apart on the sheet and bake until golden, 12 to 15 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Cooking/Prep Time: 40 min | Serves 6 to 8

Courtesy of Louisiana Cookin'.

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Louisiana Seafood