How to Make Crawfish Monica

Crwafish Monica on a white plate with green salad and french bread

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Way down yonder in New Orleans…it’s Jazz Festival time! Over its 50 year run (so far) it has grown to be a world renown celebration of Louisiana and New Orleans Culture, rivaling Mardi Gras in popularity. The music is culturally diverse and plentiful, but do not overlook the food. Long recognized as the most popular Jazz Fest nosh is succulent crawfish tails smothered in a rich and spicy cream sauce and blended with pasta. Crawfish Monica was developed in 1981 by a local pasta maker to help sell pasta. Now it’s a Jazz Fest tradition. To get a real taste of the Jazz Fest, all you have to do is try some Crawfish Monica. Here’s my no-angst recipe for this New Orleans tradition.

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Cajun Crawfish Etouffee

Crawfish smothering in gravy

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Crawfish is a unique ambassador of Louisiana. These little crustaceans that resemble tiny lobsters, produce sweet tail meat that is the delight and star in many Cajun and Creole creations. You haven’t experienced the best of South Louisiana until you’ve had some crawfish.

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Cajun Crawfish Bisque

Crawfish Bisque with Rice and French Bread

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Crawfish Bisqueit’s probably at the top of the list when you talk about Cajun treats. Although it may seem like it, not every Cajun dish is a fête, but making Crawfish bisque is traditionally a family affair. Normally prepared towards the end of crawfish season to use up all the leftover crawfish meat, it’s not unusual to see family gatherings where many participate in the preparation.

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