I spent a few of my childhood years living in South Louisiana. That, my friends, is the land of great food! We ate a lot of crawfish, shrimp, and even alligator tail while living there. Great childhood memories, and a huge reason I love food today!
Last night I made a sausage etouffee. It was easy, cheap, and so delicious. You should definitely give it a try!
Ingredients: 1 stick butter 2 tablespoons flour 1/2 onion (chopped finely) 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 can tomato paste 4 cups water cayenne pepper (use as much or as little as you want) dash of salt sausage link (chopped)
Directions: In a large pot, melt the stick of butter. Stir in the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are clear. Add the flour and stir it with a wooden spoon. You'll want to brown the flour in the butter to make a roux. The darker the roux, the more flavorful the etoufee will be. Spoon in the can of tomato paste. Add the water (add a little at a time and taste it as you go to see if you need more or less). Season with cayenne and salt. Throw the sausage in, and let it all come to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve over rice.
Living in small town Oklahoma, I am married to the sweetest man you will ever meet. We have five young children, so I would now consider myself a professional juggler. I'm a wannabe crafter, cook, baker, and gardener. Some might call me crunchy. I'm okay with it.