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You asked for it. You got it. Crawfish Pie. 
Sep. 24, 2010 9:19 am 
Updated: Oct. 1, 2010 4:48 am

Based on the recipe of mine that spotlighted in their latest episode of What's Cooking? and the name of this blog, you might begin to think that I spend more of time shopping in the Atchafalaya River Basin than I do in my local grocery store. If I lived in Louisiana instead of New Jersey, that might be true but in the swamps we have up here, you are more likely to find Jimmy Hoffa than something edible. So I make do courtesy of my friends at 

I love cajun food and crawfish in particular. The tails, while coming from a mud bug that looks like a tiny lobster, more closely resemble tiny shrimp. It has a sweet taste to it that really does stand out on it's own but it can also be used as a substitute in some dishes for shrimp and vice versa. That's all well & good but let's cut to the chase and get to the good stuff. In the summer of 2008 we had our white formica & chrome disco kitchen gutted (I had refused to cook in it for the whole year we had been in the house I hated the kitchen so much) and remodeled it to it's present state. When it was finally finished and my wife & I had the kitchen we had always dreamed of, (less the built in deep fryer which I thought about much too late in the game to economically add in) I had to come up with a dish to officially christen the new kitchen. My # 2 daughter, much to my surprise, suggested I make Crawfish Pie. I was shocked. I had only made them once before and I had no idea she liked them that much but it is a great dish that definitely tickled my fancy so I made them.<

I don't want to throw my shoulder out yet again patting myself on the back but this particular batch was probably the best batch I have ever made and I have made them several times since. Maybe the Cajun Gods of Creole Cooking were smiling on me that day or maybe it was the new kitchen and the excitement that we all felt from finally having a great place to cook. It doesn't matter because they have become a 3 to 4 time a year favorite for us to make & devour. Thanks to a comment & request yesterday on the BUZZ (looking at you STACI) I finally got my act together and submitted the recipe and stuck it in my personal recipe box for all to share. 

It makes 12 small puff pastry pies and because I hate to waste anything,  I have taken to making a "crawfish pot pie" with the leftover center pieces of puff pastry. I suppose I could just halve the recipe but then what would I do with the extra center pieces ? They don't exactly work as biscuits. Anyway, I wanted to share and I wanted to say thanks again to all of you that did watch What's Cooking? yesterday (or today or tomorrow) and I hope you all can handle another recipe of mine using critters from the swamp. 

Come back next time when we talk about the first recipe I ever printed out from this site back when it's name was  

Crawfish Pies
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Sep. 24, 2010 9:30 am
I watched your movie yesterday - very cool! Your kids are adorable, and don't take this the wrong way, but you got a NICE RACK! ;)
Sep. 24, 2010 9:31 am
Looks great! Thank you!
Sep. 24, 2010 9:31 am
SO VERY EXCITED!!! Thanks, Doug! I DO love me a mudbug! I am going to be a much-loved woman when I bring these things out!!! And yes, you'll get all the credit!
Sep. 24, 2010 9:34 am
Hey Mominator - I'll take any compliment I can get. Thanks
Sep. 24, 2010 9:35 am
Thanks Nurse Ellen - they taste even better.
Sep. 24, 2010 9:36 am
Hey Staci - you get the credit for getting me to actually download it. It's been a few years since I submitted a recipe. Have fun in Nawlins and where do I want to go eat when I come to Jackson in a few weeks for business ?
Sep. 24, 2010 11:50 am
I love mud bugs, too, and your recipe sounds fantastic! I'm sorry to say I missed your debut. Is there any way to access it now? You always do a great blog, Doug. Have a joyful weekend.
Sep. 24, 2010 12:14 pm
My son will be thrilled with the recipe if I make it when he comes to visit!
Sep. 24, 2010 2:35 pm
I love almost all seafood - mudbugs are the exception. I can't get past how they look.... But, this winter was the first I finally tried oyster shooters or any raw oyster for that matter and I LOVE them now! Maybe this year I'll give those little mud puppies a try....
Sep. 24, 2010 2:43 pm
Hi Lace - No worries - the video is up 24/7 at the following link. Have a great weekend.
Sep. 24, 2010 2:44 pm
Let me know how it comes out sueb. Thanks for stopping by.
Sep. 24, 2010 2:45 pm
Well, now if I still hunted those little creatures like I did when I was a kid, I could go out back to the creek and get my own. That recipe looks great! I've always wondered what they tasted like.
Sep. 24, 2010 2:46 pm
Hi Mother Ann - I can understand your skittishness towards their appearance but when you see a pound of tails all you will see is a big pile awesomeness. Let me know if you give them a try. Thanks for checking in.
Sep. 24, 2010 2:48 pm
Hello Cat Hill - We have a stream out back and so far I have only found one. You can probably hunt up a pound of frozen tails in the seafood section of Whole Foods or your local grocer. Thanks for stopping in
Sep. 24, 2010 2:54 pm
I'm not as keen on finding snakes as much as looking for the crawdads. We have a ton here. I might just have to check that out in the frozen food section! I love seafood!
Sep. 24, 2010 2:56 pm
We have plenty of snakes around here too - good or bad, they give me the creeps
Sep. 24, 2010 2:59 pm
Hey Doug, the crawfish pies look good!!! The last time I had crawfish was when I went to Biloxi to visit family for a "crawfish boil". I still won't suck the heads!!!!!!!! I just got done watching the video and I had always wondered where you got your gator meat! Now I know!!! Thanx for the recipes!!!
Sep. 24, 2010 3:04 pm
Good evening dragonfly22 - those heads can hide some real flame throwing spices. Thanks for watching & stopping in. Have fun with the recipes.
Sep. 24, 2010 4:20 pm
Congradulations on being the cook of the week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep. 24, 2010 4:39 pm
Thanks NancyH
Sep. 25, 2010 7:12 am
Congratulations Doug on being cook of the week and your chili video was great. I love your spice rack! Hubby loves crawfish and I'm going to surprise him with this soon. Thanks for the grocer link and the great sounding recipe.
Sep. 25, 2010 8:16 am
Thank you Soup Loving Nicole - I hope hubby likes the crawfish pies.
Sep. 25, 2010 4:08 pm
Hey Doug, congrats on Cook of the Week. Thanks for the recipe. I think Hy-Vee has crawfish sometimes.
Sep. 26, 2010 5:40 pm
Thanks Magnolia Blossom - let me know if you give it a try
Oct. 1, 2010 3:55 am
I just viewed your cooking segment and I must say it was well done! Cute children and a really neat kitchen. You've got a great spice collection goin' on there, too. I didn't even know that cooking segment existed till you mentioned it, so thanks!
Oct. 1, 2010 4:48 am
Thanks - they just started them in July - 26 episodes and a live show on Thanksgiving. You can also submit your own cooking videos to the Community section of
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My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
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Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
My favorite family cooking traditions
We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
My cooking triumphs
I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
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There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
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