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  • Writer's pictureTommy Centola

Crawfish Meatballs and Spaghetti

If you're looking to cut down on red meat, here's a great Italian dish using crawfish. It's a good thing you can find crawfish tails year-round in the freezer section of your supermarket. You never know when the craving will strike you.

2 large yellow onions

1 bell pepper

5 cloves garlic

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons tomato paste

3/4 cup red wine

2 )28-ounce) cans plum tomatoes

2 pounds crawfish tails

2 green onions, chopped

2 egg whiles

4 teaspoons corn starch

1 teaspoon Creole seasoning

Preheat oven to 425℉.

Roughly chop onions, bell pepper, and garlic; pulse in a food processor until finely chopped but not puréed. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add minced vegetables and sauté 5 minutes or until sweated. Divide mixture in half, leaving half in the Dutch oven and spooning the other half into a large bowl to cool. Add tomato paste to vegetables in Dutch oven and sauté 3 minutes; deglaze pan within. Drain and shred tomatoes, reserving juice for another use; add to the pan and bring to a low boil. Simmer 2 minutes, while stirring. Drain fat and liquid from crawfish tails, saving drained tails for later use. Add fat and liquid to simmering sauce and stir well. Cover with lid, reduce heat to low, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring often.

Measure 3 cups crawfish tails and add to food processor; reserve remaining tails. Add green onions; pulse just until finely chopped. Add cooked sweated vegetables, egg whites, cornstarch, and Creole seasoning. Pulse 2 to 3 times until mixture is well blended. Roll into 1-inch balls and place balls on a greased cooking sheet, 1/2-inch apart. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer crawfish balls into simmering sauce, along with reserved crawfish tails. Increase heat to medium and return to a low boil; simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Taste; adjust seasoning. Cover and let stand 10 minutes. Serve sauce warm over hot cooked spaghetti with hot buttered bread. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and finely chopped green onions.


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