Crawfish Mac and Cheese is rich, cheesy, and spicy. Crawfish adds a lovely surprise to this favorite comfort food recipe. For a taste of the Big Easy, make a big batch today!
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For a delicious and comforting twist on two classic Southern dishes, try Crawfish Mac and Cheese! This rich and creamy dish features succulent crawfish, a blend of creamy cheeses, and a golden, crunchy topping for a creamy, cheesy, and flavorful dish that is sure to please.
Southern Comfort Food
‘Mud bugs’, as crawfish are called sometimes, take a little work to peel. However, they’re well worth the trouble. These little nuggets are similar in taste and texture to lobster.
Additionally, crawfish pairs perfectly with the smoky bacon, gooey cheese, zesty Cajun seasoning, and pasta. You’re going to love this super-indulgent seafood pasta recipe.
I’m sure outside the South, there aren’t many people that eat crawfish. Maybe, they don’t even know what they are! Crayfish are freshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters. They’re in season during the spring, but you can buy frozen crawfish all year.
Shrimp, especially Royal Red Shrimp, is a good substitution if you can’t get crawfish for this recipe.
Creamy Crawfish Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese is classic comfort food. Adding crawfish takes this seafood pasta recipe to an all-time high.
Use fresh or frozen crawfish. I find the peeled crawfish tails in the freezer section of my local grocer.
First, I made a traditional roux using the grease from the bacon. Next, I threw in cajun spices to give it a Southern flavor. I then gave the recipe a flavor punch with Monterrey Jack and sharp cheddar cheese. Finally, I topped it with buttery breadcrumbs for a little crunch and texture.
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I highly recommend you grab this flat whisk. It’s the best whisk for making bechamel or any sauce or gravy in a pan.
Decadent Crawfish Mac and Cheese
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- 8 ounces pasta
- 4 slices bacon
- 2 green onions sliced
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 2 Tablespoons self-rising flour
- 1 cup half and half
- 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 quart water
- 2 cups crawfish tails cooked and shelled, fresh or frozen
- 1 and ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 and ½ cup monterrey jack cheese shredded
- ¼ cup breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Add 1 teaspoon salt to 1 quart water in a medium size pot.
- Bring to a boil, add pasta and cook according to the package directions to the al dente stage. Drain and set aside.
- Meanwhile, cook bacon. Crumble Set aside.
- In the skillet that bacon was cooked, melt butter on medium heat.
- Add onions and cook 2 minutes.
- Add 2 Tablespoon flour and cook 1 minute.
- Add half and half and whisk to prevent clumps.
- Add Cajun seasoning and crawfish tails and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until crawfish are heated through.
- Add cheeses and stir until melted.
- Fold pasta and half of the bacon into cheese sauce, careful not to break pasta.
- Remove garnish with green onions slices. Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.