Celebrate Crawfish Season

Photo of a creamy crawfish potato

In the movie Forest Gump, Bubba lets everyone know that shrimp is the fruit of the sea, but if he’d been from Louisiana his shellfish of choice would have been crawfish – the fruit of the bayou! Any way you count it, there are endless ways to cook with crawfish. Boil it, grill it, sauté it, also crawfish gumbo, etouffee, bisque or po’ boy – we could go on and on. 

As you enjoy this year’s crawfish season get creative and try some new ways to prepare crawfish. At FRESH we celebrate with crawfish boils and also have live crawfish (check the seafood department for delivery schedule), frozen whole crawfish and frozen crawfish tails.  You can also find some great crawfish recipes at freshbybrookshires.com/recipes. Just type crawfish into the search box.

Creamy Cheesy Crawfish Potatoes

  • 2 russet potatoes
  • 1 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbs butter, plus more for serving 
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 2 cups milk, warm
  • 1 Tbs Cajun seasoning 
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 (12 oz) package frozen, cooked crawfish tails, thawed, rinsed and drained
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 Tbs chives, chopped, for serving
  • Shaved cheddar, for serving

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash and dry the potatoes. Pierce with a knife in several places. Rub the skin with oil and wrap in foil. Cook for 1 to 2 hours until soft. Time will vary depending on the size of the potatoes. 

To make the sauce, in a saucepan melt the butter over low heat. Whisk in the flour and slowly begin adding the milk. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add the Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. Let simmer and thicken for 10 minutes. Stir in the cheese and crawfish tails. When cheese is melted, remove from heat. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. 

When ready to serve, unwrap the potatoes and cut open. Add butter to inside of the potatoes. Top with the crawfish sauce, bacon, chives and additional cheese.

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