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Old 11-23-2018, 10:05 PM   #1
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And the Thanksgiving feasting continues with some tasty birds and mud bugs.

I picked up some nice boneless duck breasts from one of my local independent butcher shops, South Alabama Custom Meats.
I paired it with some crawfish and the plan was etouffee.

Smoked and Grilled Duck Breasts
I had planned to finish these with crispy skins, but I had a brain fart whilst tending the grill and charred it to a crisp alright... Dang'it!
But all was not lost, took the skins off and the meat was super succulent with a great flavor.

4 Duck breasts
Rubbed with a mix of baking powder and salt, then left to air dry for 30 hours.
I also injected the meat with a brine solution for the duration.
Before cooking I scored the skin and rubbed them with a mix of Cajun spices.

Then it was into the smoker at 180 until I had an IT of 100.
From there they went onto the grill to crisp the skin.
And that is where I brain farted and charcoaled the skin.
Heat too high and I put them on the main grates, fatty duck skin burns quickly.
Oh well... Meat wasn't ruined by any means.
I finished the meat to an IT of 150, a nice medium.
Very juicy, tender and flavorful.

Crawfish Etouffee

Make a roux of 1 stick of butter and 2/3C flour.
Cook to a nice color like that of peanut butter.
Add in your Cajun Holy Trinity, 1-1/2C finely diced onion, 1C finely diced Green bell pepper, 1/2C finely diced celery and cook till veggies start to soften.
Add in 2C chicken stock, 1T minced garlic, 1-1/2C chopped tomatoes.
I used a mix a Cajun spices to get a nice spicy flavor suitable for my palate.

Bring it to a slow boil and then lower to simmering, add in crawfish and cook for another 10 minutes.

Serve over white rice.

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Old 11-24-2018, 11:03 AM   #2
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once again---lookin good. the cajun touch rings my bell. we're having our annual Christmas boat parade on the 8th and i'll be doing a chicken and sausage gumbo this year. hope it comes out anywhere near as good as yours looks.
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