Crawfish and Shrimp Etoufee

Ingredients: 1/3 cup vegetable oil1/4 cup all-purpose flour1 small green bell pepper, diced1 medium onion, chopped2 cloves garlic, minced2 stalks celery, diced2 fresh tomatoes, chopped2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce1/3 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning blend1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper1 cup fish stock/clam broth/chicken stock1 pound crawfish tails1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveinedDirections:Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Gradually stir in flour, and stir constantly until the mixture turns ‘peanut butter’ brown or darker, at least 15 or 20 minutes. I use a large fork with the flat side to the bottom of the pan in a side to side motion. This is your base sauce or ‘Roux’. It is very important to stir this constantly. If by chance the roux burns, discard and start over.Once the roux is browned, add the onions, garlic, celery and bell pepper to the skillet, and saute for about 5 minutes to soften. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and fish stock and season with the seafood seasoning. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.Season the sauce with hot pepper sauce and cayenne pepper (if using), and add the crawfish and shrimp. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque.