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Crawfish Pie with Gluten Free Buttery Flaky Crust

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Do you remember that chocolate chip cookie recipe I shared a few weeks back? You remember how it is now my go to Gluten Free Mix for cookies- well you might not have believed me then that it was truly a cup for cup for All Purpose flour but you will after reading this post. It makes the most fantastic homemade pie crust ever! Your in for a treat today because not only do you get my delicious recipe for crawfish pie but you get a true copycat gluten free recipe for a pie crust. 3 Steps to making this delicious pie crust and the best part is you can substitute the cup 4 cup flour mix for regular All-Purpose flour if you aren’t into the gluten thang!

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Your gonna be a rock star after you have this recipe in your arsenal so let’s get to it! Now listen closely so you don’t miss this- to make your pie dough: Mix together your gluten free flour blend (see notes in recipe) with your salt in a food processor- pulse 3 times. Add in your cold diced stick and a half of butter and pulse 30 seconds until the mixture is crumbly and resembles coarse sand. Now add in 3 TBSP of water and pulse until the dough forms into a ball. See you can do this!

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My crawfish pie filling is out of this world! Seriously guys- it rocks! Savory, buttery, spicy and comforting, it is a recipe that can easily be prepared for a pie crust, individual tartlets or get this- as a wonderful base to pasta by adding in more chicken stock and cream. Crawfish pie resembles its counterpart chicken pot pie but with a host of cajun spices that takes it to a whole different level. I have found a lot of people are intimated with cooking crawfish. Don’t be that person!  They are as easy to cook, if not easier, than shrimp and you by all means can use either fresh or frozen tails. The latter is not as gorgeous as fresh, but it quite easy and very accessible. Crawfish pie has a wonderful balance of flavors and because it is quite dense and rich it is the perfect main to pair with a side salad or a variety of veggies.

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Cook’s Notes:

To successfully pre-bake a pie crust without a filling using, it is very important to use some sort of baking weights such as dried beans, rice or store-bought pie weights. The weights allow for the crust to breathe during the baking process, to retain its shape and not slide down on the sides and to keep it from rising too much. If you are opting to skip the whole homemade version of the pie crust and make this crawfish pie with a store-bought pre-bakd crust (bc sometimes we just don’t have the time do we!) then simply omit this step and head straight to the kitchen to whip up the filling!

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Crawfish Pie with Gluten Free Buttery Flaky Crust
 
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Ingredients
  • For the Pie Crust:
  • ½ cup salted butter, diced and chilled
  • 1¼ cups gluten free cup for cup mix See my homemade mix by clicking on the link or alternatively you can use all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 TBSP ice water
  • For the Crawfish Filling:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb. peeled crawfish tails (or one pkg frozen, thawed)
  • 2 TBSP parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
Instructions
  1. For the Pie Crust:
  2. Make sure your butter is COLD COLD COLD and diced! Combine your flour and salt in food processor. Pulse. Add the diced cold butter and pulse until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add 3 tablespoons of ice water and pulse until the dough forms a ball. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface for rolling. Roll the dough to ¼ inch thickness and a few inches in diameter larger than your pie plate. Place the dough in pie plate and press to fit. Tuck under any overhang. Fill with pie weights and or dried beans and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Set aside
  3. For the Filling:
  4. Make the roux by melting the butter in a medium cast iron skillet over medium to low heat. Add in the flour and whisk until it is incorporated. Cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the roux is lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Then add the garlic, onions, celery and bell pepper and cook for a few minutes more until the roux becomes golden brown. Add in the seasonings, herbs, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Stir to combine and allow to cook for another 10 minutes. Toss in the crawfish meat, stir and then spoon the filling into the prebaked pie shell. Bake at 350 covered for 30-40 minutes until the top is golden brown and set. Allow to cool before trying to slice and serve.

21 Comments

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Both gf crust and crawfish filling are incredible! Not sure I can get quality crawfish with reasonable price over here, but I guess it would work with shrimp too. Thanks for sharing, Jess.

    07 . Oct . 2014
  2. catherine

    A delicious savory pie. This is a perfect meal with a nice side salad. ~ Catherine

    07 . Oct . 2014
  3. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I think in Australia crawfish are called yabbies. I’m going to give it a try!

    07 . Oct . 2014
  4. Sues

    Yum! What a delicious-looking pie!!

    07 . Oct . 2014
  5. Liz

    Normal pie crust is a pain to make and here you go making a wonderful gluten free version! Your filling looks terrific, too 🙂

    07 . Oct . 2014
  6. Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen

    That crust sounds fantastic!

    08 . Oct . 2014
  7. Mandy - The Complete Book

    I have to try this GF thing. Your pie crust looks like perfection!
    Have a wonderful day Belle.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    08 . Oct . 2014
  8. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    I had no idea you could make a gluten-free pie crust. Your pie looks delicious and I bet your crawfish were very fresh. I miss Louisiana seafood.
    Sam

    08 . Oct . 2014
  9. Asmita

    Wow,
    This looks so good! I have never tried crawfish. Would love to try this.

    08 . Oct . 2014
  10. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    I had no idea there was such as thing as a gluten-free pie crust. Now I’m craving Louisiana seafood.
    Sam

    08 . Oct . 2014
  11. Fran @ G'day Souffle'

    Hi KB, I found your blog via Maureen from (you know who). I’ve never heard of craw fish tails being sold in a supermarket before- I’ll keep an eye out for them next time. Yum, I’ll also have to go and have a look at your Brownie Pecan Pie recipe. Do stop on by!

    08 . Oct . 2014
  12. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext

    This pie looks absolutely delicious! Love the flaky GF pastry, bookmarking!

    08 . Oct . 2014
  13. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I’d LOVE to have crawfish pie! And how wonderful you make GF crust that is flaky and delicious! Now you made me start to crave for crawfish…there is a popular crawfish place in my neighborhood…maybe tonight! 😀

    08 . Oct . 2014
  14. La Cuisine Helene

    I have never had crawfish but this looks amazing!

    08 . Oct . 2014
  15. Balvinder

    This looks wonderfully flaky pie. and I love the filling too.

    08 . Oct . 2014
  16. Joanne

    This is one amazing pie! So much flavor in every bite!

    09 . Oct . 2014
  17. Amy (Savory Moments)

    Crawfish pie?! That sounds (And looks) amazing!

    09 . Oct . 2014
  18. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    I’ve never had a crawfish pie before. This looks delectable 🙂

    09 . Oct . 2014
  19. Velva

    I have a good friend who is gluten intolerant. I am going to share this with her.

    13 . Oct . 2014
  20. V

    Crawfish pie?! This sounds amazing. I love a thinner pie crust with a ton more filling, and it looks like that’s exactly what’s happening in this recipe. And a seafood pie, yum!

    14 . Oct . 2014
  21. lena

    i nvr had any kind of fish in pie form like this . i may want to try with some other fish that’s avavilable there bcos the seasoning sounds good!

    14 . Oct . 2014

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