Barn parties are presently in full swing down here. Not your typical celebration as in ‘raising a barn’ but rather members of Mardi Gras groups getting a first glimpse of the floats for their upcoming parade.
2 sticks butter, divided
1 large onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 medium carrots, diced
2 bunches green onions, chopped
2 -10 oz cans Rotel , undrained
2 -16 oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons tomato paste
7 cups hot water
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
Fresh cracked pepper to taste
1 teaspoon each of oregano, basil and thyme
6 bay leaves
1 pound crawfish or shrimp, peeled
1 quart oysters
1 pound lump crabmeat
2 pounds grouper or snapper, cut into bite size pieces
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 cups white wine
Chopped green onions & parsley for garnish
Begin by making the sauce in a large saucepan over medium heat by adding half the oil and butter. Add white onions sautéing until translucent. Stir in the celery, carrots, and green onions and reduce heat to low. Cook for 5 minutes or until carrots are tender. Add the next 8 listings blending well, partially cover with a lid and simmer for 2 hours. Remove bay leaves and keep warm.
Dust the seafood with the flour. In a large Dutch oven, add remaining oil, butter, and sauté garlic for a minute then add the seafood. Cook until seafood is golden in color. Depending on your pot, you may have to cook this in batches. Add the wine stirring to deglaze and cook for a few minutes to heat. Add the prepared sauce, cover and cook over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes.
Serve in large bowls with the rice and top with green onions and parsley. Besides a spoon, French bread is the only thing you will need to sop up the goodness.
More about this series:
- Joining me in this endeavor is Cajun Chef Ryan ~ see more from this series: his Welcome to Mardi Gras 2010, an awesome King Cake recipe, a parade tradition and fun post on Sloppy Joe’s with Sweet Potato Fries,
- My previous recipes & posts in this series: Shrimp & Grits – 2 recipes, Duck & Sausage Gumbo, Mardi Gras Pick-Me-Ups, Cajun Pastalaya, Mardi Gras Shrimp Mold, Marinated Shrimp & Mushrooms,
- Learn more about Mardi Gras in Mobile at Mobile Bay
- Historical timetable from Mardi Gras Digest
- Mobile Parade Schedule