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  • Writer's pictureTommy Centola

Crawfish Kolaches

Springtime means one thing to me, Crawfish season. Here comes two new ways to prepare crawfish tails.



1 1/2 cups water (105 to 110℉)

1 tablespoon sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast

4 1/4 cups all purpose flour, divided

6 tablespoons butter, melted

2 large eggs, divided

1 teaspoon lemon zest

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 pound crawfish tails

1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1 tablespoon hot sauce

2 teaspoons Creole seasoning, divided

8 ounces sour cream

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


In the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, stir together 1 1/2 cups water, sugar, and yeast by hand. Let stand until mixture is foamy, about 10 minutes. Add 4 cups of flour, melted butter, one egg, zest, and salt; beat at medium speed until a smooth sticky dough forms. Cover and let rise in a warm draft-free place (75℉) until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

Lightly spray a work surface with cooking spray. Line a 13x9-inch baking sheet with parhment paper; spray parchment with cooking spray.

Transfer dough to prepared work surface, and gently deflate. Cut 1/4 cup dough, and with floured hands slightly shape into a ball. Repeat with remaining dough. Let stand until puffer, 30 to 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375℉.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with a mixer at medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add remaining 1 egg, and beat for 1 minute. Add crawfish tails, cheese, hot sauce, 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning, and remaining 1/4 cup flour; beat for 1 minute.

Using your fingers, press a deep indentation in center of each ball. Using a 2-tablespoon scoop, scoop filling into each ball, pressing to indent dough.

Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

In a small bowl, stir together sour cream, lemon juice and remaining 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning. Drizzle over rolls. Serve warm.


Enjoy!!!

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Good Cooking, Good Eating and Good Living!!!


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