Creole Crawfish and Tasso Chowder

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Recipe: Creole Crawfish and Tasso Chowder

Ingredients

  • ½ c. Salad oil
  • ½ lb. Bacon, diced
  • 1 cup Tasso, finely diced
  • 1 Large Onion, diced
  • 3 Celery stalks, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 ea. Red and Green Peppers, diced
  • 2 ears Corn, remove kernels from ears
  • 1 Tbs. Tarragon, Thyme, Kosher Salt
  • 1 ½ Tbs. Garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 ea. Bay leaves, 1 pinch Cayenne pepper
  • ½ c. White wine
  • ¼ c. Worcestershire sauce, 2 dashes Tabasco
  • 1/2 gal. Shrimp stock or broth
  • 1 c. Blonde roux* 1 qt. Heavy cream
  • 4 c. Crawfish tails, pre-cooked
  • 3 ea. Russet potatoes, cubed and par-boiled

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a medium stock pot, add bacon, sauté 3 to 5 minutes or until bacon is slightly crispy. Add Tasso, onions, celery, carrots and peppers, sauté for 5 to 7 minutes. Add corn, garlic, herbs, and spices, sauté another 2 to 3 minutes. Deglaze with white wine, Worcestershire, and Tabasco, simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add shrimp stock, bring to a boil then whisk in roux, stirring well, so no lumps form. Turn down heat and simmer for 5 minutes, add heavy cream, crawfish, and strained potatoes. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Season to taste.

Quick notes

by Chef Nick Gile at The Bombay Club

Photo and recipe adapted from NewOrleansRestaurants.com

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