Crawfish Pies, My Way

Yield:
12 hand-sized pies
Level:
Easy
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 1/2 pounds peeled crawfish tails
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions or scallions (green part only)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup fine dried bread crumbs
  • 1 recipe pastry, recipe follows
  • Creole seasoning, recipe follows
  • Oil, for frying
  • Pastry:
  • 3 cups bleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Directions

Preheat the fryer. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the onions, bell pepper, salt, cayenne and cook for 2 minutes, stirring a few times. Add the crawfish tails and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the green onions, garlic, and parsley and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Pour the mixture into a medium-size mixing bowl and let cool for about 3 minutes. Add the egg and bread crumbs and mix well. Set aside. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out each dough piece into a thin round about 5 inches in diameter. Put about 1/4 cup of the crawfish mixture in the center of each round, fold the dough over, and crimp the edges together with a fork. Fry the pies, 2 or 3 at a time, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels, sprinkle with the Creole seasoning, and serve hot.

Pastry:

Make the pastry. Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. With a pastry cutter or 2 knives, cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse meal. In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg with the milk. Gradually add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, working it to make a thick dough. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Yield: 2/3 cup


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