Mini-Crawfish Pies

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yield: 8 pies
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Ingredients

Crust:

8 tablespoons butter, cubed and softened

1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 cup all-purpose flour

Filling:

6 tablespoons butter, sliced

6 tablespoons all-purposes flour

1 large yellow onion, diced

4 stalks celery, diced

2 small carrots, diced

1 bunch scallions, diced

1 green pepper, diced

2 shallots, diced

1 pound frozen crawfish tails, thawed

3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 cups chicken stock

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. For the crust: In a large bowl, blend together the butter and cream cheese. Stir in flour and chill for 1 hour in the refrigerator. Separate dough; reserving 1/3 for pie tops, and using 2/3 for pie crust bottoms. To form bottom portions of dough, create dough balls approximately 1-inch in diameter and place into bottom of muffin tin cups, flattening to form crust bottoms. Bake crusts only until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  3. For the filling: In a saucepan, add butter and flour, stirring together over heat to create a roux. Cook until mixture is the color of peanut butter. Add all vegetables and saute until soft, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add crawfish, Cajun seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste. Saute mixture for 2 to 3 minutes. Add chicken stock and cook, stirring, until mixture boils and thickens. Spoon mixture into crusts. Top with circles of unbaked dough cut from the reserved 1/3 of original dough. Make a small slit in the top of the dough to allow steam to escape. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve while warm.