Louisiana Crawfish Macque Choux

Courtesy Louisiana Cookin'

This is a crawfish tail and corn mixture with a creamy vegetable base.


6 tablespoons unsalted butter, in all
3/4 cup finely diced red pepper
3/4 cup finely diced green pepper
3/4 cup finely diced celery
1 bunch scallions (tops and bottom separate)
1 cup finely diced purple onions
2 quarts fresh sweet corn
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 tablespoon black pepper
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup minced fresh thyme
3/4 to 1 pound Louisiana crawfish tails


Melt 4 tablespoons butter in sauté pan and add red and green bell peppers, celery, purple onions, and scallion bottoms and cook gently until softened.
Add corn, salt, sugar, and black and cayenne peppers to pan and continue to cook gently for 5 more minutes.
Pour in heavy cream and bring to a simmer for 4  minutes. Remove from heat and add scallion tops and thyme. Stir to incorporate. This is the base for the macque choux. The vegetable base may be cooled and heated later.
To serve, melt 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a medium to large pot, add crawfish tails, and sauté for 2 minutes.
Stir vegetable base into sautéed crawfish and butter, along with 1/4 cup of water or stock, and allow to cook together for 5 to 8 minutes to allow all flavors to combine and liquid to evaporate. Serve at once.

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