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Cajun Crawfish Dressing is a cornbread dressing with Creole flavors and of course crawfish! This Southern specialty dressing was challenged for me to make from Adam of The Unorthodox Epicure.

Cajun Crawfish Dressing is a cornbread dressing with creole flavors and of course crawfish! This Southern specialty dressing was challenged for me to make from Adam of The Unorthodox Epicure.

Challenge

I have been challenged! That is right, I was challenged to make a dressing. Or is it a stuffing? That is a great debate. What do you call it dressing or stuffing?

Poll

Personally, I call it stuffing. Growing up in Pittsburgh, it was always called stuffing. Now that I live in Cleveland, Ohio, it is also called stuffing. It does seem that the more Southern you go in Ohio, I have heard it called dressing. So which is right, Stuffing or dressing? Let’s do a survey, shall we?

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Cajun Crawfish Dressing

So as I said, I was challenged to make a dressing from Adam of The Unorthodox Epicure. In return, I challenged him to make a stuffing. So we mixed it up a little and I had to make something from his neck the woods, a Cajun Crawfish Dressing.

So I had to think. I am a Western Pa girl. I also live in Ohio. What could I challenge him to do for a stuffing? Then the answer came, an Amish recipe! Amish is in both Pa and Ohio. My challenge to him: Amish Potato Stuffing!

Cajun Crawfish Dressing is a cornbread dressing with creole flavors and of course crawfish! This Southern specialty dressing was challenged for me to make from Adam of The Unorthodox Epicure.

Cajun Crawfish Dressing, well I had one small problem with creating this recipe. The crawfish, where do I find crawfish in North Western Ohio! The answer was to use a substitute, shrimp. It is the closest crustacean I can use.

After a little research, I decided to create my own version of this dressing. I knew I needed Cajun seasoning, so Tony Cachere’s Cajun seasoning was the first thing that came to mind. Creole recipes also need the triad, celery, onions, and peppers.

Wait, peppers? Yes, you read that right, peppers. In my research, I found out that this triad of these ingredients is essential in Cajun cooking.

So after some tinkering with this dressing, I came up with a nice savory with some Cajun flavors to it dressing. The crawfish, or in my case shrimp, really makes it pop with extra flavor. It simply was good in my opinion.

So, Adam, I accept your challenge and created Cajun Crawfish Dressing! Thank you for challenging me. I hope you enjoyed the challenge of creating Amish Stuffing!

Cajun Crawfish Dressing is a cornbread dressing with creole flavors and of course crawfish! This Southern specialty dressing was challenged for me to make from Adam of The Unorthodox Epicure.

Cajun Crawfish Dressing

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Serves 6

Cajun Crawfish Dressing is a cornbread dressing with creole flavors and of course crawfish! This Southern specialty dressing was challenged for me to make from Adam of The Unorthodox Epicure. 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb small shrimp or crawfish cooked and chopped
  • 1 whole bell pepper chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 whole onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 TB Tony Cachere's Cajun seasoning
  • 4 cups cornbread croutons
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 TB butter

Directions

  1. In a saute pan, melt the butter and add the celery, onions, minced garlic, and peppers. Saute the vegetables until the onions start to turn translucent.

  2. Add the poultry seasoning to the vegetables and saute for 1 minute longer. Set aside

  3. In a large bowl, add the croutons.

  4. Next, add the  sauteed  vegetables, crawfish/shrimp, eggs, and broth.

  5. Season with Tony Cachere’s.  

  6. Mix well. The cornbread will soak up the juices. The mixture should be very wet.

  7. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes. Remove the foil and cook another 15 minutes to brown the top. 

  8. Take it out the oven and ENJOY!

by Recipe by Dee Samaan of Seduction in the Kitchen

Recipe Notes

 

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6 Comments
  • Mike T
    November 15, 2016

    I’ve always been able to find crawfish at larger Giant Eagle stores. They’re frozen and precooked, so there are limits on what you can do with them.

    • Deanna Samaan
      November 19, 2016

      The Giant Eagle where I am at right now is under construction. It hard to find anything in that. I admit I been going up to Sandusky to Meijers for groceries. I really love that store 🙂

  • Adam J. Holland
    November 15, 2016

    Your dressing looks divine! (And I voted ‘dressing!’) 🙂

    • Deanna Samaan
      November 19, 2016

      Thank you so much and yours does too!!

  • Miz Helen
    November 21, 2016

    Thanks so much for linking up with Full Plate Thursday! We will have an early Thanksgiving Edition on 11-22 -16, hope to see you there!
    Wishing you a bountiful Thanksgiving!
    Miz Helen

    • Deanna Samaan
      November 27, 2016

      Thank you!!

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