What better way to reminisce with old friends than a BBQ and poker game on Memorial Day? A time to share our war stories — some tall tales, others true stories — of times past. We played lots of poker games when we were just sitting around the barracks during our active duty days. Of course, we weren’t just sitting around that often, but during the few times we had to ourselves, a good ‘ol game of Texas Hold ’em or 7-card stud helped relieve the tension we all felt. This Memorial Day, we’re going to spice it up just a little bit with a delicious crawfish dip added to our standard BBQ. Y’all can do the same with this recipe we picked up online:
Creamy Crawfish Dip
Makes 2 cups
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1 bunch green onions (white parts only), chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened and cubed
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon creole seasoning, such as Tony Chachere’s
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
1 (12-ounce) package crawfish tail meat, thawed and drained
Crusty bread and Louisiana-style hot sauce, for serving
In a medium skillet, melt the butter over moderate heat. Add onions and bell pepper and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for another minute.
Stir in the cream cheese, mayonnaise, creole seasoning, and cayenne; whisk until smooth. Reduce heat to low. Add the crawfish tail meat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Season with salt to taste. Serve immediately with toasted bread slices and hot sauce. Garnish with the green tops of the onions, if desired.
This is a heckuva lot fancier than anything we had in in the barracks, but just the thing for a great Memorial Day. As we pay tribute to those who served, let’s also enjoying some great food and good times around the poker table with friends.