So no recipe here just my life experience on trying crawfish for the first time.
Have you ever tried eating crawfish? I can officially say that I have tried crawfish and I was so happy I did. Trying fresh crawfish in the south was something I had always wanted to do, probably because watching it on television made it seem so cool and it intrigued me. I can now say that I totally understand the quote, “pinch a little tail, suck a lot of head”, it totally makes sense to me now 😉
I was told by my southern girlfriend that I could only try crawfish if I was in the south and with people who can teach me how to eat it (see the above quote) and I’m happy to say, that’s exactly what happened! I ended up on a trip to Tennessee, which had it’s ups and downs but let me tell you, the ups outweighed the downs. Let me start by saying my big down…my luggage got lost…for 2+ days I had none of my clothes, makeup, shoes…nothing! The worst part of losing my suitcase was that American Airlines kept feeding me lines about where my luggage was and when I’d receive it. Finally at 9:30 pm, I had to go to the airport to pick it up, not good! Then they cancelled my return flight…really not good 🙁
Anyway back to crawfish, I ended up in Mississippi and reconnected with my friends there, I was so happy because I knew we were going to Shucker’s to get crawfish. Shucker’s is a local bar that is fabulous! For those that live in California and know about the Sagebrush Cantina, the atmosphere at Shucker’s is very similar to the Cantina so I felt very comfortable.
We were told to go under the tent and we did, there was a live band playing music and people were dancing, it was so lovely so hear and see, I just LOVE live bands
we got some beer, a pound of crawfish, a corn and a potato…I was so excited to try this little creature!
Here is a little closer view of my pound of crawfish, they even give you wipes…trust me you will need those wipes and they come in very handy
I have to say I was a little skeptical because they smell of seafood was very strong but I went in for the try, looks like a little lobster ha?
I did as the quote said…not really but it sounded good…I did twist the head off and peeled the tail back, then pinched and look at what came out!
I thought the claw was very cute but I will warn you from my mistake, do not attempt to crack open that cute little claw as it will squirt all over your face leaving you ready to use one of those wipes lol (yes that really happened to me)
When I was done eating my crawfish, I had to go in the back to see how they were prepared, so cool ha? It sure held a lot of crawfish
Then they have a strainer that pulls the crawfish up and lets them sit in the juices
I found the crawfish to be very good the way they were prepared, they were very spicy and I loved it! The potato was even more spicier then the crawfish and the corn…oh my, the corn knocked my socks off.
What I learned was…
“What looks, tastes, and smells like seafood, but doesn’t come from the sea? It’s crawfish, a freshwater shellfish that is considered a Louisiana delicacy.”
I will say that eating crawfish at Shucker’s was truly amazing and I’m so lucky I had the opportunity to do so. I can’t wait until next year at this prime time to do it all over again…who’s in?
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