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This recipe makes a lovely warm dip and it is great served with toasted bread or crackers. You can use thawed crawfish tail meat as long as you drain it well before use, or fresh if you can get it. A whole 5 or 6 pound crawfish will yield about 12 ounces of meat. Some people prefer to substitute shrimp for the crawfish, or even crabmeat.

The main flavor of course comes from the seafood itself, and crawfish offers a distinctive taste, although we are using plenty of dairy ingredients to enhance the flavor. Crawfish is always good with a creamy sauce. This recipe includes butter, cream cheese and mayonnaise. Additional flavor comes from the use of green onion, garlic, Creole seasoning and cayenne pepper, to offer a touch of spice and balance out the creamy flavor by offering piquant accents.

The resulting dip is thick, rich and creamy, and it is ideal for all kinds of occasions. Serve it when the Superbowl is on, or whenever you want to offer something that contrasts nicely with your main dish if you are serving an entrée of beef or pork perhaps. This recipe makes 2 cups of dip so you can serve half a cup to each person, along with a couple of slices of toasted bread. Some people like to keep the green parts of the green onion for garnish, but they also work well in the dip, so throw in the white and green parts if you like. Another idea is to add some finely chopped red bell pepper into the dip when you add the onions.

Warm Creole Crawfish Dip
Summary: Crawfish combines with garlic, green onions, cayenne pepper and Creole seasoning to make this warm dip, which is delicious served as an appetizer with toasted bread slices.
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Cuisine: Creole
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 4
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Ingredients
  • 12 oz crawfish tail meat, thawed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 chopped bunch of green onions
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • Salt, to taste
  • 8 toasted crusty bread slices, to serve
  • Hot sauce, to serve
  • A few river crawfish or small shrimp, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a skillet over a medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped green onions (both the white and green parts).
  3. Cook for 4 minutes or until tender.
  4. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  5. Stir in the mayonnaise, cream cheese, cayenne pepper and Creole seasoning.
  6. Whisk the mixture until smooth.
  7. Turn the heat down and add the crawfish meat.
  8. Simmer it for 10 minutes or until done, stirring occasionally.
  9. Add salt to taste, then serve hot with the bread and hot sauce.
  10. You can garnish the dip with a few river crawfish or shrimp if you like.
Notes
Makes 2 Cups

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This delicious crawfish dip is ideal paired with toasted bread slices, chips or crackers. You could even offer raw vegetable crudités such as celery for dipping. This dip is best served hot or warm, and our recipe serves 4 people but it would be a simple matter to double or triple the ingredients if you plan on feeding a crowd. Although we are making it in a pan, you could transfer the mixture to a small crockpot and finish it off in there, especially if you want it to stay warm. Simply remove the lid, leave the crockpot plugged in, and the dip will stay warm for the duration of your party.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra


Hi, my name is Christine. I am happy you are visiting today. Food is very important to everyone, and in this family we love to eat all kinds of dishes from meat and chicken to international cuisine, crockpot creations and more. Seafood is something we also love, and I love the fact it is nutritious as well as very tasty.


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