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Old 08-04-2007, 08:31 PM   #15
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I do suck heads, especially after an adult beverage or three. I wish I could make it, I love a good crawfish boil.

Chicken and turkey necks make excellent crawfish bait. We use umbrella nets for crawfish baited with turkey necks.

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Old 08-04-2007, 08:31 PM   #16
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Hi Az,

I don't, but Steve does: pinch tails, and suck heads!!..out here, they're called crawdads..there used to be an annual Crawdad Festival in Isleton...last time Steve had them was at the Riverwalk in Texas..he ate about 10 lbs worth and a couple of 32 oz beers to wash it d own w/his friends.
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Gumbo Recipe....

Gramercy Crawfish Gumbo Recipe - Rice/Grains - MyRecipes.com

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Shame I wont be there but this one looks good for a gumbo recipe.
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Old 08-04-2007, 09:22 PM   #19
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oooweee! A 'fish boil. Dat some good stuff! Really good gumbo takes quite a bit of skill and time (plus most every kind of sea food). Here is a secret I'll let all of the Air folks into...
Suckin the head is just a mean trick we pull on the visitors!
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But the heads are where all the good fat and hearts and lungs is. Very nutritious!
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Old 08-04-2007, 10:12 PM   #21
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Thanks for the Gumbo information. Jan wants to put something together for the folks who are not to crazy about boiled crayfish (crawdads). Last year I got into a race with this gal from New Orleans and I came in second. Maybe this year I will do better. We boil them up in this:

We also boil potatos, corn and artichokes.
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Thanks for the Gumbo information. Jan wants to put something together for the folks who are not to crazy about boiled crayfish. .
People who don't care for crawfish might also be pickin' the okra outta the Gumbo. Better have some weinnies and beans for them folks.

Zatarains has some decent recipes for Gumbo on their website.
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Thanks for the Gumbo information. Jan wants to put something together for the folks who are not to crazy about boiled crayfish (crawdads). Last year I got into a race with this gal from New Orleans and I came in second. Maybe this year I will do better. We boil them up in this:

We also boil potatos, corn and artichokes.
You don't see Crayfish Gumbo often so it is a treat, you do see a lot of Crayfish Pie,Crayfish Bread, and Sauce.

As a young man I worked in the rice fields of Louisiana and when we drained the water from the fields we would put nets in the levee cuts and catch hundred of pounds. Now we go to the seafood store and buy them boiled by the pound. We often have parties and consume 200 lbs are better. The preferred method is to layer out a picnic table with several layers of newspaper and dump the boil down the center, everyone sits around the table and eats the crayfish and drinks beer, Abita beer is my beer of choice. For none beer drinkers Barqs root beer is suggested.

I assume you boil the corn, potatoes, garlic toes, and hot dogs for the kids in the same boil. You should give the head a good squeeze and crush it as you suck it to get the entire flavor out. The more beer you drink the easer it is to suck the head. Some cooks will even boil a roast or brisket in the boil.


Remember Pinch the tail, and suck the head.
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Old 08-24-2007, 10:48 AM   #24
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Thumbs up Another great outing!

The Crawdad outing with my Flyfishing Club was great! Jan and I arrived a day early to checkout the site and to get an idea on how many and how big they would be this year.

We put 10 traps out that night to get a sample. The next morning we had about 75 which we cleaned to make Crawdad Jambalaya. The weather was cool and the nights were great. A few folks came up early and we had a great happy hour that night as well.
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Looks like you had a great time, Richard. Wish I was there.

BTW, that's a mightly fine looking Airstream you got there.
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Friday night we put out the bulk of the traps. The chicken wings and hot dogs we used for bait worked very well. We pulled about 500 crawdads from the lake the next morning.

We cooked one turkey basket full the traditional way and the rest we cleaned and made a large platter of crawdad cocktails.

We had a total of 54 people show up for the feast and no one went home hungry! We even had the campground host from the year before show up. The campground host this year lent us his boys who were a great help pulling in the traps.

We also served corn, red potatoes and baby artichokes. Many of the others brought side dishes as well!

The photos show the pile waiting to be sucked and pinched, me pinching one and what the hosts (Jan and I) looked like when it was all over.

We will do it again next year!
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In Georgia we call the Crawdads, too. But generally they aren't big enough or plentiful enough to eat.

I never knew they were in Arizona. Is this a seasonal delicacy or can you get it pretty much year round? Are they available in restaurants in AZ? I have had them in the past and liked them, but they have to be imported to Atlanta so we don't find them very often.
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Most lakes here in Arizona have them. They shouldn't, but fishermen use them as bait and the rest is history. You can get them in a few restaurants, but by catching them and eating them we are helping the lakes as well. They are small, but we did have several with 2 inch tails. Once you get good at sucking and pinching, you can go through a pile in a short time.
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