Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day
It’s Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day on Nov. 8 and the best way to celebrate this holiday is to do just that. You could host a pot-luck dinner party with everyone bringing their favorite bold and pungent dish, or you could get the family together or just a few close friends and cook pungent, bold dishes in the kitchen together.
Either way, the eating will be the best part, and those with tender stomach linings may want to take a rain check on this party. Tums for dessert!
Here’s a recipe for Cajun Crawfish and Shrimp Etouffe from allrecipes.com that is both bold and pungent, so fits the spirit of the holiday perfectly.
Cajun Crawfish and Shrimp Etouffe
"An authentic Louisiana recipe with a rich and spicy fresh tomato based roux with fresh garlic, bell peppers, celery and onions mixed with crawfish and shrimp. A little time consuming but well worth it!! Serve over steamed rice with hushpuppies and/or crackers on the side.
Original Recipe Yield 6 servings
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 small green bell pepper, diced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
- 2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce
- 1/3 teaspoon ground cayennepepper (optional)
- 2 tablespoons seafood seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup fish stock
- 1 pound crawfish tails
- 1 pound medium shrimp - peeled and deveined
- Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Gradually stir in flour, and stir constantly until the mixture turns 'peanut butter' brown or darker, at least 15 or 20 minutes. I use a large fork with the flat side to the bottom of the pan in a side to side motion. This is your base sauce or 'Roux'. It is very important to stir this constantly. If by chance the roux burns, discard and start over.
- Once the roux is browned, add the onions, garlic, celery and bell pepper to the skillet, and saute for about 5 minutes to soften. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and fish stock, and season with the seafood seasoning. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Season the sauce with hot pepper sauce and cayenne pepper (if using), and add the crawfish and shrimp. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque.