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Recipe

Crawfish Purses With A Tasso Cream Sauce

  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • Filling:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup small diced onions
  • 1/4 cup small diced red peppers
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 crawfish tails, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 prepared crepes
  • 10 long chives
  • Oil for frying
  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 small diced tasso
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Essence
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon Crystal or your favorite hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons brunoise red pepper
  • 2 grilled whole green onions

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. For the purses: In a saute pan, heat the olive oil. When the pan is smoking hot, add the onions, peppers, shallots and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 1 minute and remove from the heat. In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients with the sauteed mixture. Mix until incorporated. Adjust the seasoning. Divide the crawfish filling into 8 equal portions. Spoon each portion in the center of the crepe. Gather the crepe at the top, forming a purse-like shape. Tie each crepe with a long chive.
  • For the sauce: In a hot saute pan, render the tasso for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the shallots and garlic and continue sauteing for 1 minute. Add the heavy cream and season with salt, pepper, and Essence. Allow the sauce to reduce until slightly thick, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the green onions and Crystal hot sauce. Finish the sauce with the butter. Reseason.
  • For the purses: Place the purses in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from the oven. Spoon the sauce in the center of the platter. Arrange the purses over the sauce. Garnish with the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, red peppers and the grilled green onion.