I feel like there could be an entire cookbook developed around the amazing dishes feeding people displaced from “The Great Flood of 2016”. Just about everyone on my street has been seen at some point loading up their vehicles with some sort of casserole. I’ve personally lost count over how many Cajun Chicken Pastas have gone out my door and even then, I know it doesn’t hold a candle to my neighbor Pam. I had her Crawfish Fettuccini a couple of weekends ago, and ever since I’ve been tinkering with recipes attempting to reconstruct it.
I’m quite certain that there are few problems that cannot be solved when Easy Crawfish Fettuccini is present.
If you know anything at all about the way we operate in a time of crisis down here in the deep South, well, it’s probably not surprising to you that hauling casseroles is pretty much our love language. Our conversations pretty much go like this:
Lost your home? I’m so sorry to hear that, you hungry?
You must be exhausted from gutting your home. Want a bite to eat?
So sad you having to toss out such-and-such. Here’s a casserole, hope it cheers you up.
There’s an overwhelming comfort that comes with hand delivering a casserole. For both you and the recipient.
You know how when a friend or church member has a baby and they send out the meal delivery sign up list? I’m on 3 different lists for displaced flood friends. Basically works the same way. You sign up, create a dish, deliver it to someone who needs a comforting meal….and perhaps, a hug.
- 12 ounces fettuccini noodles
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 cup chopped bell pepper
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 stick of butter
- 2 (12 ounce) packages frozen crawfish tails
- 1 (8 ounce) block of Jalapeno Monterey Jack cheese
- 1 (8 ounce) package shredded triple cheddar cheese blend
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup grated Swiss cheese
- Cook the noodles according to package instructions. In a very large skillet or Dutch oven, saute the vegetables in butter until the onions are translucent. Add the crawfish. Using a grater, grate the jalapeno cheese into the skillet, along with the cheddar cheese. Once melted, add in the sour cream. Stir in the drained fettuccini noodles. Pour into a greased casserole dish and sprinkle the Swiss cheese over the top. Bake in 350 degree oven until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Because just as home cooked meals are welcomed with open arms after the birth of a new baby, they are well received by those living with others, too. I mean think about it, are you ever really comfortable in someone else’s kitchen cooking for your own family? And what about the people hosting the displaced family members or friends? You know they must be tired and oh so happy to see a meal they don’t have to worry about coming their way.
If you don’t live in an area where Louisiana crawfish are available, you can easily substitute shrimp in this recipe and it is just as delicious. But whatever you do, don’t purchase the crawfish from overseas. It’s not the same, folks.
Drop this casserole off with a salad and a loaf of French bread and you’ll truly make someone’s day.
Do you have a go to casserole you like to bring to new mamas, recovering patients, widows….or flood victims? I’d love to add some more recipes to my rotation.