I'm just saying - if you want to really feel alive, live in New Orleans during the spring. From the festivals and blooming azaleas to the food, the whole city stunts full out in the spring. (Subscribe to our THIRTY NINETY LIVING email updates to hear more about it all season long.)
The cherry on top of all of this is, of course, crawfish. Now, I know, (just like everything else we cook) everyone in southern Louisiana has their own family crawfish boil recipe, but the creativity really shows when it comes to the add ins. While CORN, POTATOES, MUSHROOMS, ONIONS AND GARLIC still reign supreme, everyone is leveling up their boil with new tricks and innovative ingredients.
Looking for different add-in ingredients for your next crawfish boil? Here's the best I've seen in new additions to throw into your crawfish boil this spring:
These bad boys are the go to in our family. Trim the stems and throw them in a mesh bag, put them in at the same time as the potatoes because they like to take their sweet time.
Dip these in butter and head straight to crawfish heaven. Throw them in for at least 30 minutes until they're tender.
Because what else are you doing with green beans these days? Watch the time on these - around 10 mins during the soak to keep 'em tender. Use fresh ones or canned - if using canned, just stab a bunch of holes in the can they come in. If you're reading this are inspired to consider asparagus - keep in mind that it's much more likely to disintegrate than the green beans!
This sweet treat will add a sweet and savory level of goodness to the whole pot. Skin it, leave the leaves and throw it in whole for around 10 minutes at the end. Note that this addition will soak up a lot of spice and add sweet to the flavor of your traditional boil.
A few years back, the Louisiana Sweet Potato Yam Association ran an entire ad campaign (#sweetenthepot) dedicated to persuading locals to include this local produce in your next crawfish boil. But hot damn, it worked - and for good reason. Level up your crawfish boil potato game by slicing these in half long ways and adding these into the boil for at least 45 minutes.
Replace basic hard boiled eggs with the hard boiled egg of the Gods. Boil em for at least 12 minutes for hard yolks.
BROCCOLI or CAULIFLOWER
Eating your daily veggies just got a whole lot more appealing. Add in the few trees while it's soaking after you kill the fire - be careful not to stir it around as it'll break up
Because what else are you going to do with the four heads of cabbage you caught at St. Patricks day? Slice it into quarters and throw it in a mesh bag early on in the boil.
LITTLE SMOKIES / SPAM / DEER, ALLIGATOR, ITALIAN OR ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE
With such an appreciation for prepared meats coursing through our veins, you can't go wrong.
Best wishes for a beautiful crawfish season, y'all!
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Did I miss your favorite crawfish boil fixin' add in? Drop me a line in the comments below!