Andouille Cheese Grits with Crawfish Sauce

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 30 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 1 hr 15 min
YIELD: 6 servings
LEVEL: --

ingredients

  • 1/2 pound chopped andouille sausage
  • 4 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups quick white grits
  • 1 cup grated white cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • Essence, recipe follows
  • 2 eggs, beaten with 1 tablespoon of milk
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 cup minced yellow onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 pound Louisiana crawfish tails (NO CHINESE CRAWFISH)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Dash of Crystal hot sauce
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions, green part only
  • 2 ounces grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
ESSENCE (EMERIL'S CREOLE SEASONING):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
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Directions

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Yield: 2/3 cup

Render the sausage in a saucepan, over medium high heat, cooking about 4 minutes. Add the milk, salt, cayenne, and butter and bring to a boil. Stir in the grits and reduce the heat to medium. Stir for 30 seconds, then add the cheese and stir until the cheese melts. Cook, uncovered, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the grits are tender and creamy. Pour the grits into a greased square glass pan. Refrigerate the grits until firm. Using a 2-inch round cutter, cut the grits into six rounds. Season the flour and bread crumbs with Essence. Dredge the cakes in the seasoned flour. Dip each cake in the egg wash, letting the excess drip off. Dredge the cakes in the seasoned bread crumbs, coating each cake completely. Heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil in a large skillet. When the oil is hot, pan-fry the cakes for 3 minutes on each side. In saute pan, heat the remaining olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions. Season the onions with Essence. Saute for 1 minute. Add the garlic and crawfish tails. Season with Essence. Saute for 1 minute. Add the cream and bring up to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the cream has thickened. Season the sauce with hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Stir in the green onions and cheese. To serve, spoon the Crawfish sauce over the Andouille Grit cakes.

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