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    Something from a closed thread that bears repeating....



    I know that someone posted this as an example of "stirring the 'stuff'" if you will, but from where I'm sitting, in Germany, I could use me some "crayfish berl" right now.

    In fact, my favorite is a Georgia "low country boil", but with REAL Iowa sweetcorn, instead of that field corn crap they like to serve in the south.

    It's been a little over 4 years since I had me some of that....

    Anyone else like those little spicey suckers?


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    Re: Something from a closed thread that bears repeating....

    Was at a boil about 3 weeks ago - still some of the best mud bugs I've ever had!!

    Good point about the corn - I would love to try it with some good Iowa sweetcorn.



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    Re: Something from a closed thread that bears repeating....

    Some thoughts:

    We did this at the UNI tailgate last year. I loved it and about 1/3 of my guests thought it was awesome, but I am going to warn you most Iowans will not eat this stuff. It ended up being an expensive disappointment. Just keep that in mind if you are thinking about doing this for a tailgate.



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    Re: Something from a closed thread that bears repeating....

    Around here crawfish (crawdads) are bait. Is there a place around here (other than a bait shop) that you can buy crawdads?

    My name is not Andrew Zimmern and I do not eat things that have (or used to have) more than 4 legs.


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    Re: Something from a closed thread that bears repeating....

    Quote Originally Posted by Broodwich View Post
    Some thoughts:

    We did this at the UNI tailgate last year. I loved it and about 1/3 of my guests thought it was awesome, but I am going to warn you most Iowans will not eat this stuff. It ended up being an expensive disappointment. Just keep that in mind if you are thinking about doing this for a tailgate.


    You really need to get it fresh and very local for it to be great. Head on down south - we'll show ya how!



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    Re: Something from a closed thread that bears repeating....

    I love a good crawfish boil, but have always preffered steaming up a big ol' batch of oysters. Throw a big ol grate over an open fire and just dump a couple of bushels on top... Make sure to bring your gloves!



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    Re: Something from a closed thread that bears repeating....

    This here is good: Just substitute crawfish for shrimp and away you go...

    Lowcountry Boil - CoastalLiving.com

    At The Crabshack near Tybee Island, you get mussels, oysters, clams, crawfish and shrimp in your "berl".

    Don't forget to feed the gators and the cats, when you're there.


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    Re: Something from a closed thread that bears repeating....

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUKyro View Post
    You really need to get it fresh and very local for it to be great. Head on down south - we'll show ya how!
    I won't question you there on freshness. It may not be right out of the mud but the one we did this past fall for those who wanted to "suck n' squeeze" we thought it was really good. I am just saying that even if you had the best ingredients the majority of people who tailgate aren't going to eat arthropods that remind them of insects. It breaks my heart.

    Let me ask my fellow CFers, what was the most unconventional tailgate menu item you have had and how did it go over?



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    Re: Something from a closed thread that bears repeating....

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post

    Lowcountry Boil - CoastalLiving.com

    At The Crabshack near Tybee Island, you get mussels, oysters, clams, crawfish and shrimp in your "berl".

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    Those right there sound like heaven to me. I cant get enough of that stuff.



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    Re: Something from a closed thread that bears repeating....

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    I love a good crawfish boil, but have always preffered steaming up a big ol' batch of oysters. Throw a big ol grate over an open fire and just dump a couple of bushels on top... Make sure to bring your gloves!

    I just hope you aren't talking about Rocky Mountain Oysters...



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    Re: Something from a closed thread that bears repeating....

    we try to do one Iowa boil a year. My wife grew up in south west Louisiana and has got me hooked on them. The last one we did was invitation only but we invited everyone we knwo with connections to Louisiana. I flew up 80 pounds and boiled 'em.

    I love crawfish. I am hoping they are still in season enough next month when we are in Baton Rouge.



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    Re: Something from a closed thread that bears repeating....

    Quote Originally Posted by Broodwich View Post
    I won't question you there on freshness. It may not be right out of the mud but the one we did this past fall for those who wanted to "suck n' squeeze" we thought it was really good. I am just saying that even if you had the best ingredients the majority of people who tailgate aren't going to eat arthropods that remind them of insects. It breaks my heart.

    Let me ask my fellow CFers, what was the most unconventional tailgate menu item you have had and how did it go over?
    Not a tailgate menu item, but Hell's Angels once had a party in Varina, Iowa, where they had a "pony roast" complete with blackened leather saddle.


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    Re: Something from a closed thread that bears repeating....

    Yankton, SD has crawdads in high volumes in that lake. However I have never tried to eat them. Big mothers.



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    Re: Something from a closed thread that bears repeating....

    Quote Originally Posted by ketchupnmustard View Post
    Around here crawfish (crawdads) are bait. Is there a place around here (other than a bait shop) that you can buy crawdads?

    My name is not Andrew Zimmern and I do not eat things that have (or used to have) more than 4 legs.
    I don't know how good they are to eat up in Iowa, but when I was a kid when could sein (net with a seining net) them out of any creek that had water by the dozens.



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    Re: Something from a closed thread that bears repeating....

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneIce View Post
    I don't know how good they are to eat up in Iowa, but when I was a kid when could sein (net with a seining net) them out of any creek that had water by the dozens.
    We'd do the same thing, then wrap them in grass and cook them over a fire.

    Unfortunately, our German/Nordic ancestry refused to recognize those crazy, degenerate things called "spices."

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