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    Embrace Crawfish Season With These Delicious Cajun Recipes

    It's official – crawfish season is upon us! While many of us enjoy these delectable crustaceans year round, the end of March through June proves primetime for crawfish eating based on three very important reasons: they are easy to find, affordable in price and – most importantly – big enough for some serious return on our cracking investment. Best of all, crawfish are a versatile complement to a wide range of succulent regional dishes. Having a few delicious, Cajun recipes at the ready can help you add some flavorful flare and variety to your crawdad boil. Here are just a few options to help you embrace (and devour) all that is the crawfish season.

    Slow-Cooker Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
    Gumbo is not only a staple Cajun dish, its spicy zest makes a perfect accompaniment to the milder shellfish. Most importantly, this slow-cooker recipe means you get all day flavor without all day kitchen toiling for the ultimate mealtime win/win.

    2 tsp. peanut oil
    2 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs
    ½ tsp. salt
    ½ tsp. pepper
    ½ c. peanut oil
    ½ c. all-purpose flour
    2 packages (8 oz. each) pre-chopped onion, celery and bell pepper
    4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    3½ c. chicken broth
    2 c. frozen cut okra, thawed
    1 lb. Andouille sausage, cut into 1/2 -inch slices
    2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
    2 dried bay leaves
    5 c. hot cooked rice
    Red pepper sauce, if desired
    Sliced green onions, if desired

    Click here for next steps in this classic regional meal.

    1-2-3 Jambalaya
    Jambalaya is another traditional creole meal that works well with a crawdad boil. This straightforward recipe incorporates chicken and smoked sausage, adding some protein diversity to the meal.

    1 large onion, diced
    1 large green bell pepper, diced
    1 lb. smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
    1 tbsp. olive oil
    4 c. chopped cooked chicken
    3 c. uncooked long-grain rice
    2 (10½ ounce) cans French onion soup, undiluted
    1 (14½ ounce) can chicken broth
    1 (14 ½ ounce) can beef broth
    2-3 tsp. Creole seasoning
    2-3 tsp. hot sauce
    Garnish: fresh cilantro sprigs

    Now for the best part – this crowd-pleasing recipe gets its name for having only three easy steps:

    Step 1: Sauté first 3 ingredients in hot oil in a Dutch oven 4 to 5 minutes or until sausage are browned. Add in chicken and next 6 ingredients.
    Step 2: Bake, covered, at 350° for 40 minutes, stirring after 30 minutes. Garnish, if desired.
    Step 3: Serve and enjoy!

    Crawfish Étouffée
    Nothing says you can't incorporate your boiled crawdads into another dish; this classic étouffée makes your mountain lobsters the main attraction of your meal.

    ½ c. butter or margarine
    1 large onion, chopped
    ¼ c. finely chopped celery
    ¼ c. chopped green bell pepper
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1 lb. peeled crawfish tails
    1 tsp. salt
    ½ tsp. ground black pepper
    ½ tsp. onion powder
    ¼ tsp. ground white pepper
    ½ tsp. hot sauce
    1½ tbsp. all-purpose flour
    ¾ cup water
    ½ cup finely chopped green onions
    ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
    Hot cooked rice

    Check out this link to see the entire recipe.

    Creole-Style Skillet Dinner
    This one-pan, robust dish is prepared entirely on your stovetop for a super-convenient, super-flavorful way to feed a crowd.

    1 medium onion, chopped (3/4 cup)
    1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    ½ c. chopped green bell pepper
    ½ lb. fully cooked kielbasa sausage, cut lengthwise into fourths, sliced
    3 large tomatoes, chopped (2½ c.)
    1 c. chicken broth
    ½ tsp. salt
    ½ tsp. Cajun seasoning
    1½ c. uncooked instant rice
    Red pepper sauce, if desired

    Best of all, the entire prep time comes in at just 30 minutes so you and your crew will spend less time waiting for the food and more time enjoying it. Click here for next steps.

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