Etouffee the Chilau Way
Etouffee - pronounced (uh-too-fay) French for "smothered," etouffee is a dish of seafood or meat simmered in roux sauce. A style of Creole cuisine mainly produced in the U.S. state of Louisiana, Etouffee is a dish that is often served with rice or boiled potatoes. Basically, if you’ve never tasted it before, it’s a dish full of vegetables, shrimp, and shellfish smothered in a Cajun-style sauce made from roux and tomatoes. The dish is seasoned with onions, celery, bell pepper, green onion, garlic and herbs. There are many ways to make Etouffee but one of the simplest yet delicious version is this Chilau way.
Deviled Crab Corn Bread Dressing with Chilau Sauce
One of my favorite foods during Thanksgiving and Family dinners is cornbread dressing (stuffing), usually enjoyed next to a juicy turkey or succulent collard greens. This twist on the Tampa Bay staple Deviled Crab ads a new twist to dressing that makes for the perfect side item to spice things by adding crab and kick to the party. Feel free to put your spin on it with choice of meats, veggies, and seafood. The pan will disappear fast so make sure you get your corner first! :)
Marinated Pan Fried Snapper with Citrus Glaze
Red snapper, in general, is highly celebrated in the Caribbean and this pan-fried approach lends itself well to large family dinners and celebrations. The citrus glaze is sweet and garlicky with a little heat that really brings out the flavor of the fish. Serve with rice, grits or straight up! Delicious!
Chilau Seafood Curry with Dungeness Crab and Shrimp
If you have never had seafood curry you must try this recipe. Following the same 2:1 ratio as other chilau sauce preparations this recipe features the addition of Coconut Milk and Curry Powder. Feel free to get creative and adjust the meat and veggie to your preference!
Chilau Jambalaya with Jasmine Rice Shrimp and Sausage
In this addition I decided to add a Jambalaya spin on the same recipe I use for chicken and rice by swapping out the chicken for shrimp and sausage with our Gumbo Chilau Sauce which has that enhanced “trinity” flavor. This would also be a great recipe to try with some of our seasoned rice selections.
Chicken and Sausage Bowtie Pasta
Sunday Night Dinner, super easy and quick. There are lots of options for substituting other meats, veggies and low carb options. Just use Chilau as the base! Get fancy without it taking ages in the kitchen with this Bowtie pasta recipe.
Garlic Pepper Shrimp with Three Cheese Tortellini and Andouille Sausage
This recipe came about as a result of canvasing my pantry and fridge for dinner possibilities. I just so happened to have some jumbo shrimp and andouille sausage. The decision was then to decided whether to serve it over rice or pasta. Fresh three cheese tortellini was a different spin I decided to use. This recipe will also be excellent using a creamy base similar to our Shrimp and Grits recipe.
Marinated Fried Shrimp'n Grits with Chilau Citrus Glaze
There is nothing that compares to Shrimp'n grits! With this recipe, I decided to take it a step further by frying the shrimp and using a Citrus Glaze also use in the Snapper Recipe. Topped over grits the flavor excellent!
Tampa Style Crab Chilau with Dungeness Crabs
This recipe adds a new twist on the traditional Tampa style Crab Chilau with the addition of Dungeness Crab. It's a little less sweet compared to blue crabs but the amount of meat surely makes up for it!
Chilau Seafood BBQ - All on The Grill
Put away the pots and grab some skewers, foil and Chilau Sauce. The seafood feast is all about feeding the crowd with marinated shrimp, blue crab, snow crab, smoked sausage and corn. This preparation will surely make you an all-star at your next tailgate or bbq.
Cajun Style Pasta - Spicy Seafood Alfredo with Shrimp and Sausage
I say "cajun style" because this chilau based recipe tastes better than the cajun pasta at your favorite restaurant, and you can make it in 30 minutes in your own kitchen. I went with Shrimp and Smoked Sausage but feel free to Put Your Spin On It!
Creamy Seafood Bisque-Touffée. It's kinda like bisque and kinda like étouffée
This by far is my favorite Chilau Sauce recipe aside from Tampa Style Crab Chilau, it's also the easiest. I was inspired to make it after a visit to New Orleans and tasting a creamy crawfish soup whipped up by my friend's mom! I named it Bisque-Touffee because at first taste I was like, "this tastes like a New Orleans style bisque" and my wife, who attended college in Louisiana, said, "naaaah that's étouffée!" Needless to say, we got a compound word and an amazing recipe!