Emeril Lagasse’s Crawfish Bread

Emerald Lagasse’s Crawfish Bread ~ Country Pleasin’ Style

Ingredients: 
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ cup finely chopped celery
  • ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1½ tablespoons minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1½ teaspoons Down by the Bayou Seasoning 
  • 1 pound cooked Louisiana crawfish tails (with any fat) rinsed in cold water before
  • 1 pack Country Pleasin’ Pork & Alligator Sausage cut into fourths 
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion tops
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Creole mustard, or other whole grain spicy mustard
  • 4 ounces grated Provolone or mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ounces grated white Cheddar cheese
  • Two 15-inch loaves of soft French bread

How to make it:

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large skillet and, when hot, add the onion, celery, and bell pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have wilted, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, thyme, 1 teaspoon of the down by the bayou seasoning and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the crawfish tails and sausage, salt, and remaining down by the bayou seasoning and cook, stirring, until the crawfish have warmed through and released any liquid and the liquid has evaporated, about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the green onions and set aside to cool.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  6. When the crawfish have cooled, stir in the mayonnaise, Creole mustard, and the cheeses until well-combined. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  7. Cut the two loaves of bread nearly in half lengthwise and divide the crawfish filling evenly among the bottom portion of the two loaves. Fold the top portion of bread back over the stuffing and then wrap each loaf tightly in aluminum foil.
  8. Place on a baking sheet and bake until the filling is heated through and the cheese is melted, 25 to 30 minutes. Slice into the desired size portions and serve hot.