Cajun cooking Mardi Gras style

February 5, 2008 5:24:49 PM PST
Join the Berkeley Mardi Gras celebration at Angeline's Kitchen with some Cajun cooking.

Celebrate Fat Tuesday, New Orleans style, without having to leave the Bay Area! Our Leigh Glaser got a delicious slice of Louisiana right here in Berkeley.

Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen
2261 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 548-6900
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Angeline's will be featuring special menu items for Mardi Gras tonight, February 5. Please call (510) 548-6900 for reservations.

Crawfish Etoufee
Courtesy of Chef Brandon Dubea
Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen

    For the stock:
    1 lb. cooked crawfish
    2 oz. paprika
    1 Tbsp. shrimp or crab boil
    1/2 Tbsp. dry tarragon
    1/2 Tbsp. black peppercorns
    1/2 Tbsp. chopped garlic
    1/2 bunch green onion
    1/2 gallon water
    1/4 bottle white wine
    1 bay leaf
    Boil, do not reduce, for 45 min., then strain and set aside.

    For the dish:
    4 cups diced onion
    2 cups diced celery
    2 cups diced green bell pepper
    1/4 cup Creole seasoning (found in most stores - Tony Chachere's is good)
    1/2 cup brandy
    1/2 cup cream
    1 small bay leaf
    1 cups flour
    2 1/2 lbs crawfish tails

    In a large pot melt 1/2 pound, yes, 1/2 pound of butter. Add all vegetables and seasonings. Cook on medium for 10 minutes, then add flour and reduce heat to low. Mix in flour till it is all incorporated and looks like a roux. Add stock slowly and keep stirring till smooth. Leave it cooking on low for 10 min. stirring constantly. Then turn to med and let cook for 1 hour. Set again to low and add crawfish tails, cream and brandy. Cook for 10 min. on low. The dish improves if you let it sleep in the refrigerator for a day. Reheat and impress. This dish is great over rice, or use as just a sauce for grits or steak.

About Angeline's Kitchen:
Angeline's brings the flavor and atmosphere of a New Orleans neighborhood restaurant to downtown Berkeley, with great music, libations and the classic dishes invented in the Crescent City's greatest kitchens. Sit with friends, take in the vintage NOLA sounds, and try a perfect starter salad, Bar-b-Que Shrimp or our fantastic HushPuppies. Wake up your palate with down-home classics like Seafood Gumbo, Chicken-Andouille Jambalaya, Fried Catfish, or our Creole Chopped Salad. Finish with one of our stunning desserts - Bananas Foster Bread Pudding or our signature warm Beignets with coffee.

Whatever you try, you'll leave happy. New Orleans' secret is that it's not just a place, but a state of mind, and you'll find the real deal at Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen.