Crawfish Beignets with Spicy Rémoulade

I’m still in a Cajun state of mind guys! Cannot get enough of those delicious flavors!

Crawfish Beignets with Spicy Remoulade

This is definitely a recipe that will wow whoever is sitting at your table! Yes, it’s a LOT of ingredients, but A LOT of great flavor! Don’t be intimidated, it will be delicious! For vegetarian Cajun beignets, simply eliminate the crawfish and increase the amount of red peppers and scallions by approximately 1 cup (this measurement includes both vegetables). 

Ingredients

For the Beignets:

  • 10 ounces crawfish, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (1/2 teaspoon if you want more heat!)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, finely diced
  • 3 scallions, finely diced
  • 1 red pepper, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 dashes Tobasco
  • Vegetable, Canola or Peanut Oil for frying
  • Lemon wedges for serving

For the Rémoulade:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons cornichons, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons capers, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 dashes Tabasco
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  1. First, make the rémoulade. In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, cornichons, parsley, capers, tarragon, shallots, vinegar, paprika, Tabasco, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  2. Stir to combine; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cover and set aside.
  4. Next, make the beignets. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add the diced red pepper and cook until soft, approximately 8-10 minutes.
  6. Add the garlic and cook for an additional two minutes.
  7. In a large bowl, whisk the gluten free flour, salt, baking powder, paprika, oregano and cayenne pepper.
  8. Add the water, scallions, crawfish, red pepper and garlic, stirring well to combine.
  9. Cover with a damp towel and set aside for 15 minutes.
  10. In an electric skillet or a heavy pot, heat 2-3 inches of oil until it reaches 350ºF. Drop the crawfish batter by small spoonfuls into the oil and fry until golden brown, approximately 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer beignets to a paper towel-lined plate.
  11. Serve the beignets warm with lemon wedges and rémoulade for dipping.

Spicy crawfish. Now that is southern, down home goodness!

ENJOY!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.

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Wild Flours Bake Shop

Another one of my favorite gluten free/dairy free spots.

Wild Flours Bake Shop

I stumbled upon Wild Flours while reading a blog post by News 12 Long Island’s Mary Mucci. She introduced the article by saying she owns a gluten free bakery with her sister in Huntington. Of course, I had to go online and check it out because I live on Long Island. So, I googled “gluten free bakery in Huntington” and up popped Wild Flours. I clicked and was instantly intrigued.

Wild Flours has a wonderful variety of muffins, scones, cookies, brownies and other yummy goodies. They also have pizza on Saturdays, sandwiches, breads and quiches! Seriously a great variety of products.

My first time there (yesterday) I decided to have an Apple Pie Crumb muffin. DELICIOUS! So TODAY, I went back and got 2 apple pie crumb muffins, a chocolate chunk cookie and a chocolate chip scone. When I say this chocolate chip scone is the best scone I have ever eaten, I’m not joking. It’s delicious.

What I love about Wild Flours is not only are they gluten free and dairy free, but they also use a variety of flours to create delicious flavors.

I know my next trip there will be just as delicious as the first. I will be trying their brownie (which was calling my name through the display case today but I restrained myself…we’ll see how long that lasts my next trip there!)

Check them out online or on Facebook!

Wild Flours Bake Shop

11 New Street
(South of Main Street)
Huntington, New York 11743