Yesterday was our first, hopefully annual, crawfish boil. Not really sure where this idea came from. A couple weeks ago Noah, Steve, and I were left alone at Noah's parents house, while Aimee (Noah's sister, Steve's wife), their kids, and Noah's mom were at a baby shower. I think I walked in on a conversation between Steve and Noah about having a crawfish boil, and with a little encouragement from me (I did after all live in New Orleans for four years!) Steve was online ordering live crawfish and sending out invites.
|Inspecting the crawdads.|
|We ordered 40 lbs. of live crawfish!|
|Abe pity's the fool.|
Lemons and garlic.
|The kids had crawfish races before we started cooking.|
|The winner was unceremoniously thrown into the pot with the rest .|
|A downpour, complete with hail, started up while we were boiling the crawfish.|
|Potatoes, corn, and andouille sausage.|
|My brother-in-law's homemade stir-stick.|
40 lbs. crawfish
2 bags of Louisiana Crawfish Co. Seafood Boil
3-4 heads garlic
20 lbs. small red potatoes (only needed 10-15 lbs.)
20 ears sweet corn
18 andouille sausages
2 loaves French bread (served on the side)
|Turned out pretty good...|
We were planning on about 20 people, and we did have around 20 adults, but there were at least a dozen kids there as well, so the corn and sausage went quickly. I think only two kids were brave enough to try the crawfish! Next year we'll have to remember to throw in some extra corn and sausages for the kids.
|We really could have used some Abita.|
Everything tasted amazing, and the only thing left at the end of it all was some potatoes...we made way too many potatoes!
Noah and I were in charge of the beer, corn, sausage, and potatoes. We sort of dropped the ball by not buying any Louisiana brews, but I think all was forgiven after we opened the two growlers Noah and I picked up at Fitger's in Duluth the previous weekend. We brought their Starfire Pale Ale and Blonde on Blonde.
|Fitger's "Blonde on Blonde"|
|...and Bananas Foster for desert.|
We're already making plans for next year...