Baked Louisiana

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Posted on August 23, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 4:59 PM

Frank's Baked Louisiana

1/2 stick unsalted butter1 pound saut?ed Louisiana shrimp1/2 pound andouille sausage, finely diced3/4 cup mayonnaise1 cup Portabella mushrooms, coarsely chopped2 cups onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, and parsley mix1 pound Louisiana crawfish tails1 pound crab claw meat1 teaspoon Frank Davis Seafood Seasoning1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce1 pound cooked extra-broad egg noodles (al dente)2 cups spicy Velveeta Cheese Sauce2 cups Zapp's Regular Flavor Potato Chips, crushed Liberal dash paprika1 pound lump crab meat for topping2/3 cup minced chives for garnish

First, melt the butter and saut? the shrimp until they turn "just pink."? When they reach that point, remove them from the skillet.

Next, in the same skillet in which you saut?ed the shrimp, quickly saut? the minced andouille.? When it renders out, remove it and set it aside in a bowl temporarily.

This is the time when you melt the mayonnaise in the same skillet in which you saut?ed the shrimp and sausage.? When it's hot and sizzling, drop in the mushrooms and the seasoning vegetable mix and saut? everything until totally wilted but not browned.

Now, in a large mixing bowl, toss together the buttered shrimp, the andouille, the mushrooms, and the veggie mix.? Then gently fold in the crawfish tails, the crab claw meat, the seafood seasoning, the Worcestershire sauce, and the egg noodles.

At this point, transfer the mixture to a large disposable aluminum baking pan and distribute it around evenly. Once all the ingredients are fully incorporated, gently pour the cheese sauce evenly over the noodles and work it in with a fork until it sinks into the pasta. Then completely cover the mixture with the crushed potato chips and a sprinkle or two of paprika.? Now slide the pan into a pre-heated 400-degree oven and bake for about 20 minutes or so until hot and bubbly through and through. When it's time to eat, spoon out a generous serving of the Baked Louisiana onto dinner plates, crown with a cap of jumbo lump white crabmeat, and serve alongside a generous portion of tossed, cold, field greens ladled with peppercorn-ranch dressing. Mangia! ======= Chef's Notes:

To make the cheese sauce, you'll need:1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter1-1/2 cups finely chopped onions3/4 cup finely chopped celery1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper1/4 cup finely sliced green onions2 cups evaporated milk1/2 cup chicken broth1 pound Velveeta Cheese, small-cubed1 teaspoon Frank Davis Seafood Seasoning In a heavy 3-quart saucepan melt the butter and saut? the onions, celery, bell pepper, and green onions until they completely soften.? Then slowly, a little at a time, begin pouring in the evaporated milk and about half of the chicken broth.? When all the ingredients are fully incorporated, begin dropping in and melting the Velveeta cubes, adding the seafood seasoning, and stirring continuously so that the cheese sauce does not stick to the bottom of the pan and pan and burn.? When the sauce is just the way you want it (it should be consistency of heavy buttermilk), take it off the fire and ladle it over the noodles.? I even like to reserve about a quarter of the sauce for drizzling over each serving as they are individually presented to your guests. To add extra pizzazz to the dish, you can quickly deep fry about a dozen oysters and place them atop the casserole at service.??

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