Cajun Crawfish Cheese and Grits

 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb crawfish, peeled, rinsed

  • 1/2 cup beef broth, low sodium

  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, diced

  • 1/2 cup white onion, diced

  • 1/4 cup celery, diced

  • 1/4 cup green onions, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon creole seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 tablespoon butter, unsalted

  • extra virgin olive oil

For The Grits:

  • 1 cup grits

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 cup beef or chicken broth,

  • 1 stick of butter

  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated

  • 1 teaspoon creole seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • hot sauce to serve

Instructions

  • Prepare the grits first.

  • In a large pot bring all liquids to boil, add butter and seasonings.

  • Slowly stir in grits while whisking nonstop for about two minutes.

  • Reduce heat to low and cook grits, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes.

  • Adding extra broth as needed to keep the grits thin.

  • Add cheese and whisk well, add more broth if needed.

To Prepare the Crawfish:

  • Rinse crawfish, drain, pat dry.

  • Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat.

  • Add onion, bell pepper, and celery and saute for about 5 minutes, add 1/2 the spices and garlic, mix well and cook 1 minute more.

  • Add crawfish and remaining spices, cook for about 5 minutes, add broth, bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cook for about 5 minutes on low.

  • Serve over hot cooked grits.

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