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Chapter: Shellfish Recipes
Section: Crayfish
Recipe: Louisiana Crawfish Boil

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Louisiana Crawfish Boil
2 heads garlic, unpeeled
5 bay leaves
2 (3 ounce) packages dry crab boil or at Amazon
1 tablespoon liquid shrimp and crab boil seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
3 large oranges, halved
3 large lemons, halved
2 large whole artichokes
2 large onions, sliced
2 (16 ounce) packages mushrooms, cleaned
2 (16 ounce) packages smoked sausage, cut into 1/2 inch slices
4 pounds live crawfish, rinsed

Fit a large (5 gallon) pot with a strainer insert, and fill half full with
water. Add the garlic, bay leaves, dry and liquid crab boil seasonings,
salt, pepper, oranges, lemons, and artichokes. Bring to a boil over high
heat, then reduce to a simmer, and cook for 20 minutes. Stir in the onions
and mushrooms; cook 15 minutes more. Stir in the sausage; cook 5 minutes
more. Add the crawfish, return mixture to boil, then simmer until the
crawfish shells turn bright red and the tails pull out easily, about 5
minutes. Test for doneness by peeling a crawfish. Be sure not to overcook,
or crawfish will become tough.

Remove strainer basket from the pot and drain. Serve crawfish hot,
Louisiana-style, spread over a picnic table covered with newspapers.

By IMANKAY. Adapted from: AllRecipes