This dish was a limited time offer at Popeye's for Crawfish Festival in 2011.
Etouffee is French for smothered and New Orleans for delicious. This rich and spicy Cajun stew is traditionally made with crawfish and vegetables, though shrimp is often substituted when crawfish is out of season. The etouffee starts with a dark roux (a mixture of flour and oil) which gives the dish its distinctive color. Cayenne pepper gives the dish a kick, while onions, green peppers and a bit of garlic intensify the flavor. After the seafood is added and cooked, the stew is served over a steaming mound of rice.
Popeye's Copycat Recipe
2 pounds peeled and deveined raw shrimp
Cajun or Creole spice to taste (1 tsp to 2 tbsp depending on desired spiciness)
4 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons of flour
1/2 cup diced onions
1/2 cup celery, sliced thin
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
3 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1 small bay leaf
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup minced green onions
1 teaspoon hot sauce, or to taste
8 cups cooked white rice
In a mixing bowl combine the shrimp with the Cajun seasoning, and stir to mix well. Refrigerate until needed. In a heavy-bottomed pot, melt the butter and cook over low heat until it foams. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for about 10 minutes to make a roux. The roux should stay golden in color and not get too brown.
Add the onions, celery, green bell pepper, salt and fresh ground black pepper; cook in the roux for 5 minutes, or until they vegetables start to soften. Whisk in the stock, tomatoes, bay leaf, and Worcestershire sauce; turn the heat up to high and bring to a simmer.
Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 25 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the mixture has thickened. Stir in the shrimp, green onions, and hot sauce; simmer for 3-7 minutes, depending on the size of the shrimp. When the shrimp are cooked, taste for salt and pepper, and serve with rice.