Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Crawfish, baby!

We had our first ever Crawfish Boil the other night and it was a blast.  Although I've eaten my fair share of the little critters, I'd never actually cooked the things myself.  The guys at our local seafood market were more than patient and told me all their secrets.

Did you know you have to cook them alive?  No dead ones go into the pot so Sadie and Olivia sorted them for me. 


And then Olivia dissected a dead one just for fun 'cause, you know, we don't have enough gross stuff in our house already.

I added sausage because they told me to and I have 'fear of man' issues.  I was glad I did because, when Dea and Darius told me they were clearly out on the whole crawfish thing, I coaxed them back to the table with the sausage.

Suckas!


Monkey, on the other hand, couldn't get enough.  I love this kid.  He's a hot-mess with a scar from a stab wound and the ability to run the 40 in a time that even impresses my husband who ran a little track in high school and college himself.

 

In high school, Trey raced against Michael Johnson...and won.  Seriously.  All true.


Thankfully, he married me to offset that whole speed/athletic thing.  I'm a giver that way.


Here's Jakeem digging in.  He kept using words like 'nasty' and ' SO NASTY' when we first poured those bad boys on my table but, after trying one, he couldn't stop.  Little booger.


All the kids had a great time eating the crawfish and, because they takes so stinkin' long to eat, we had some of the best conversations around our kitchen table.  The boil may or may not have removed some of the finish from the wood but it was all worth it.


If you've never tried it, now's your time.  Crawfish are in high season and it's the only thing that will temporarily overpower the almost constant lingering smell of bacon.


Or, is that just at my house?

12 comments:

D'Lyn said...

When my Honey and I were dating, we went to eat at Willie's in Houston after church one Sunday. Big crowd of friends. A bird SOMEHOW acquired a live crawfish from their supply, flew over and dropped on on my head. I've never looked at them the same way since.

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

Crawfish are the nastiest things I love to eat.

Can't suck the heads though. Gotta draw the line somewhere!!

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

Melissa, why is there no way to follow you on your blog?

Joyce said...

Oh I love 'em...not as much as a Maryland Blue Crab feast but they are a close 2nd. We used to laugh at my oldest daughter when she was not so old (sigh)...she wouldn't touch ketchup but she had no problem pulling the ew ew ew lungs out of a boiled crab.

Looks like fun!

and 2 became 5 said...

so fun! i really miss living near the water this time of year. i'm scared to cook them though....there's something about the "alive" part that i would rather leave to others...

bronzedshoe said...

Mmmm, looks tasty!! We throw shrimp and potatoes in the pot too.

Becca said...

That looks so fun! seriously, why cant we just have your life. Plus, i dont think adam could have beat michael johnson in track. Although he does play a mean game of tennis . . .

happygeek said...

OH HEAVENS.
You have to be Southern to eat those things.
Of that I am certain.

MissHannah said...

You SO nasty.

emily said...

So much fun! I just wait for the Hansen's to host their annual shindig, suppose I could try myself someday.

Knittinchick said...

I'm with Happy Geek... I just felt really Canadian right now.

Bison burgers are a much more acceptable local cuisine in my mind!

Karin Katherine said...

I live for crawfish. My crawfish post will be up later this week. I get it sent fed ex from New Orleans. It was my pregnancy craving. I cannot crave things that are in the same state and easy to get. My husband loves it when I'm pregnant!