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Crawfish Dip with Fried Bow Tie Pasta

Crawfish Dip

Forget the chips. Fried pasta makes a wonderful substitute!

Ingredients

Crawfish Dip

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (1 ounce) 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 pound cooked crawfish tail meat
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley

Fried Bow Tie Pasta

  • 8 ounces hot cooked bow tie pasta
  • 1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons Creole seasoning
  • Peanut oil, for frying

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Instructions

  1. Crawfish Dip: 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.
  2. Strain mushrooms through a fine-mesh sieve. Reserve liquid, and finely chop mushrooms.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add green onion, and cook about 3 minutes or until softened. Stir in flour; cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add chopped mushrooms, reserved mushroom liquid, and garlic; bring to a low boil.
  5. Stir in crawfish, salt, and peppers; cook for 5 minutes more.
  6. Reduce heat to low; stir in sour cream and parsley.
  7. Serve warm with Fried Bow Tie Pasta.
  8. Fried Bow Tie Pasta: 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.
  9. 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 375 degree F.
  10. Shake excess cornmeal mixture from pasta, and add in small batches to hot oil; cook for 4 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Remove pasta to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet to drain. Pasta will keep up to 1 week in an airtight container.

Yield: 6 servings | Cook/Prep Time: 45 min

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.