Friday, August 09, 2013

Mama Mulate's Okra with Crawfish and Tomatoes - a weekend recipe

Mama Mulate, voodoo mambo and Tulane English professor in my murder mystery Big Easy, has a garden in the backyard of her house in inner-city New Orleans. Okra is her favorite vegetable and she uses it in many of her dishes. She also grows big, juicy, Creole tomatoes. When she combines Louisiana crawfish with her okra and tomatoes, she creates a unique dish you have to taste to believe. Check it out! While your at it, check out Big Easy for only 99 cents on Amazon, BN, Apple iBook's, Kobo, and Smashwords.


·         1 lb okra, trimmed and sliced
·         1 ½ lbs crawfish tails
·         3 Tbsp butter
·         1 onion, medium, coarsely chopped
·         4 tomatoes, large, peeled, seeded and chopped
·         ½ c Balsamic vinegar
·         2 Tbsp lemon juice
·         1 Tbsp parsley, fresh, chopped
·         Salt and pepper
·         Hot cooked rice 

Combine oil and butter in a large skillet and heat until butter is melted. Add onion and bell pepper, and toss to coat evenly. Stir in okra and cook, medium heat, until onion is translucent.

Add tomatoes, Balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper. Simmer and stir until tomatoes soften. Add crawfish and continue cooking for about 5 minutes. Serve with rice.

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