Stuffed Crawfish Garlic Bread- Panola Style

Seldom does a recipe come along where I don’t have any more words other than EAT THIS! Stuffed Crawfish bread was a staple of my husband’s growing up when he attended the New Orleans Jazz Fest each year. The other week was Jazz Fest and as luck has it we never get to go BUT instead of another year sadly passing by I decided “If we can’t go to Jazz Fest then I would bring Jazz Fest to us”

What is Stuffed Crawfish Bread? Well i is simply A Cheesy, Garlicky Pizza Style Sandwich stuffed to the extreme with good old Crawfish. It disproves the “no cheese with seafood” myth and it is a dish you won’t soon forget.

stuffed crawfish breaad

With a little jazz music playing in the background I proceeded to scoop out the inside of a every so chewy and perfectly moist sourdough round and got to stuffing it silly with a mixture of sauteed onions, bell peppers and celery, cream cheese, Monterrey jack cheese, crawfish tails and not to be forgotten- HOT SAUCE! Not just any hot sauce either mind you- my favorite Garlic Hot Sauce from Panola. I love this sauce because not only does it add an extra layer of heat to a dish without overwhelming you it incorporates the perfect hint of garlic and we all know I love garlic. The Garlic Hot Sauce literally makes the dish! MAKES IT! Save any leftover stuffing to use in enchiladas or a pasta dish. It coverts so well to a sauce with a little extra whipping cream and chicken stock!

Stuffed Crawfish Bread- Panola Style
  • 1 round loaf of sourdough bread or 1 loaf of french bread
  • ½ stick butter
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 garlic clove, whole (heated in microwave til warm to the touch)
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • ¼ cup diced bell pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ tsp salt and pepper each
  • 2 TBSP Panola Garlic Hot Sauce
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup Monterrey Jack Cheese
  • 1 TBSP parsley, chopped
  • 2 lbs crawfish tails
  1. Slice French bread or Sourdough bread in half and scoop out the inside of the loaf. Rub down the inside of the loaf with the whole garlic clove. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat and add in the onions, celery, garlic and bell pepper. Saute for 4-5 minutes then toss in the crawfish and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Slowly incorporate the cream cheese and stir in intervals to allow the cream cheese to melt consistently. Blend in the dry mustard, salt, pepper and chopped parsley. Now stir in the shredded cheese. Spread crawfish mixture inside the bread. Butter the top of the loaf, wrap it in foil and bake on at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes.

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  1. nancy at good food matters

    Mer-cy. Now, that’s a sandwich! good for you—if you can’t be in NOLA, bring the NOLA tastes home.

    1. kbelleicious

      Amen to that Nancy!

  2. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    I never see crawfish in our market but I can imagine how good your stuffed bread has to taste.

  3. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    Your sandwich makes me miss living in Mississippi & Louisiana where, during season, you see crawfish in all of the markets. Wow, what a grand sandwich.

  4. Baby June

    Now that is one fancy stuffed bread! Sounds like it would be awesome with a healthy splash of Frank’s red hot…mmm. 🙂

    1. kbelleicious

      Franks or even sriracha would be good too!

  5. Angie (@angiesrecipess)

    Now that’s a sandwich! I love that crawfish filling…never see them in our fish market. Wish I could have a bite of your delicious sandwich.

  6. Bonnie Hunter

    I’ve had jambalaya, crawfish pie and file gumbo but this is a new one for me. Alas, we don’t seem crawfish up this way but the sandwich sounds delicious.


    1. kbelleicious

      Oh you are in need my friend. I hurt for those who can’t get crawfish like we can. However, you can easily sub crab or shrimp for the crawfish

  7. Erica

    I’ve never had crawfish! But what a fun dish. I need to try this!

  8. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    Oh goodness gracious, this looks like quite the sandwich! I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this!

  9. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I’d be more than happy to take your words and eat it!!! Looks amazing. I miss eating clawfish – we have a few good clawfish places here in the Bay Area, but nothing beats your homemade Southern food! 😀

  10. Liz

    Wow, does this look amazing!!! Comfort food at its best!!!

  11. gloria

    This look amazing! I love your blog:)

    1. kbelleicious

      Thanks Gloria

  12. Mary

    Oh this sounds SO good – I would love to EAT this!!! lovely flavors – yum!

  13. Mandy - The Complete Book

    Oh wow! I am salivating at the mere thought of eating one of these Belle! Absolutely wonderful flavours and textures.
    Have a beautiful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    1. kbelleicious

      Thanks Mandy!

  14. Eva

    I love it! It looks wonderful ! I would like to try it !

  15. Eva Taylor

    I wonder if you could substitute shrimp or crab for a similar flavour, I doubt we could get crawfish here.

    1. kbelleicious

      Yes Eva! I actually have done something very similar but using chopped shrimp. I cook the shrimp first in cajun seasoning mix and then roughly chop them before adding to the filling/stuffing. Just as good:)

  16. Joanne

    Now that just looks awesome. I need to start stuffing my bread with way more deliciousness than I currently do!

  17. Asmita

    I have yet to try crawfish but after seeing your post- would love to!!
    Looks amazing!!!

    1. kbelleicious

      Oh you must! Crawfish are so easy to cook with and pack alot of flavor when cooked properly with the right ingredients

  18. lena

    i love your combinations of all the ingredients this is a really good stuffed bread!

  19. Velva

    Very nice! I have heard folks debate can cheese go with seafood…My thoughts are Yes, it can!


    1. kbelleicious

      Yes! I am with you! In the right kind of dish cheese and seafood will blend together perfectly.

  20. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    My friends in Knoxville would look at this sandwich and exclaim, “Lawdy Mercy Me!” I couldn’t agree more. 🙂

    1. kbelleicious

      HA! around here we would scream Slap Your Mama!

  21. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext

    This looks amazing! Love any kind of seafood- so I really would love to try this out! 🙂

  22. LaCuisineHelene

    I have never had crawfish, I wish now when I visited Louisiana. This looks amazing!

  23. Kiran @

    Stuffed crawfish?!? WOW 😀

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