Catching the (mud)bug

Crawfish offer culinary adventures at local cookouts

Posted: May 7, 2015 at 1 a.m.

For a creature that not so long ago wallowed in brackish swamp waters, the crawfish looked good. Clean and bright red, surrounded by friends and on a pristine white serving platter. They were very clearly dead -- and very clearly edible.

Fast Facts

How to Eat a Crawfish

Step 1 — Grab the crawfish on both sides of the tail joint, your thumbs on one side of the joint and your index fingers on the other

Step 2 — Twist at the joint, splitting the head from the tail

Step 3 — Suck the juices out of the head cavity, if you’re so inclined

Step 4 — Peel away the shell from the tail, starting with the widest part of the tail

Step 5 — Hold the tip of the tail, then gently pull the meat out

Step 6 — Eat the tail meat and repeat

Source — Southern Living magazine

Go & Do

Several crawfish boils are coming up soon in Northwest Arkansas. Here’s a list of a few of them:

Friday — 2-6 p.m., Simply Home Lending’s 8th annual Crawfish Boil, West End, Fayetteville

Saturday — 5 p.m., Natural Fools fundraising boil, Foster’s Pint & Plate, Rogers

May 16 — 5:30 p.m., Crawfish boil to benefit Girls Inc. of Fort Smith, location to be announced

May 23 — 4-8 p.m., Ales & Tales benefitting local ALS chapter, Fayetteville Town Center

— Source: Staff Report

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