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GetCocky11
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Etouffee - tomatoes or no tomatoes?
It is my understanding that tomatoes are a huge no-no in Cajun cooking, but I keep seeing etouffee recipes that include tomatoes.

Help.
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Dorothy
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re: Etouffee - tomatoes or no tomatoes?
No. Just no.


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bdevill
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re: Etouffee - tomatoes or no tomatoes?
Tablespoon of tomato paste,


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J Murdah
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re: Etouffee - tomatoes or no tomatoes?
Yes and okra


Walt OReilly
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No


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MorbidTheClown
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re: Etouffee - tomatoes or no tomatoes?
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Yes and okra


and eggs


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re: Etouffee - tomatoes or no tomatoes?
No tomatoes. Adds nothing to the dish. Imfacttomatoes detract from the true, naturaql flavor


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re: Etouffee - tomatoes or no tomatoes?
I prefer not...and you're gonna get screwed with pretty good, you see.


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georgia
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re: Etouffee - tomatoes or no tomatoes?
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Etouffee


once you add tomatoes wouldn't you basically be making a sauce piquant?


Count Chocula
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re: Etouffee - tomatoes or no tomatoes?
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once you add tomatoes wouldn't you basically be making a sauce piquant?
True


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GetCocky11
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re: Etouffee - tomatoes or no tomatoes?
I'm going to stay away from the tomatoes I think. But this sounds like a divisive issue.


Ashtray
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re: Etouffee - tomatoes or no tomatoes?
Tomatoes = Creole

Cajun = No Tomatoes

Simple as 'dat


Gris Gris
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re: Etouffee - tomatoes or no tomatoes?
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I'm going to stay away from the tomatoes I think. But this sounds like a divisive issue.




Don't ask about tomatoes in gumbo.

No tomatoes is my preference.


hungryone
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re: Etouffee - tomatoes or no tomatoes?
Many of the bayou cajuns I know use the term etouffee to refer to things cooked slowly, in small amounts of liquid, rather than using the term as designating a particular set of ingredients. Where I'm from, you can have an etouffee des patates (a dry-ish sort of potato stew, made with a little bit of light brown roux, usually including a handful of dried shrimp)....or a duck, shrimp, chicken, or pork etouffee. Whether or not any of that includes a few tomatoes (or a little tomato paste) depends on the cook and the season. Even folks who normally disdain tomatoes in most things will add one or two chopped fresh tomatoes to the pot if it's peak tomato season & the damn things are everywhere and need to be used.

Basically, etouffee = smothered. There is no grand codified central compendium of Cajun cooking, despite the aspirations of John Folse (who's from the River Parishes) or Donald Link (of southern/german/and a little cajun extraction, from the western prairies). As much as restaurant chefs & TV & cookbook authors want to make Cajun cooking a fixed and orthodox thing, it ain't. It is firmly in the hands of French speaking, wooden spoon yielding, beer drinking regular people who can and do switch things up, use canned cream of mushroom soup, learn & borrow from their new immigrant neighbors, and don't give a flyin' flip whether someone else "approves" of their variations & riffs.

All that ranting made me want to cook a routee, yet another related but different dish in the great bayou cajun list of dishes no one outside the region knows much about.


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re: Etouffee - tomatoes or no tomatoes?
Not no...


But Hell no


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upgrayedd
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"Tomatoes go in everything"

-NOLA folks


bdevill
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re: Etouffee - tomatoes or no tomatoes?
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once you add tomatoes wouldn't you basically be making a sauce piquant?


Not in my opinion, because with a sauce picante, you're making a gravy with the meat that you're cooking down. Crawfish don't make a gravy.


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SUB
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re: Etouffee - tomatoes or no tomatoes?
It depends if you have saved the fat, which gives etouffee it's color. I usually don't, so I put a little tomato paste in just to add some color to the dish. It looks more appetizing than the grayish base that you end up with without tomato paste. A little tomato paste doesn't affect the flavor.

Now, if we are talking diced tomatoes? Hell no.


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re: Etouffee - tomatoes or no tomatoes?
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"Tomatoes go in everything"

-NOLA folks



That's not true but we do love our tomatoes

Image: https://www.frenchmarket.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/FM-2017-Tomato-Fest-Slide.jpg


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ThuperThumpin
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re: Etouffee - tomatoes or no tomatoes?
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It depends if you have saved the fat, which gives etouffee it's color.


Its color and its flavor.


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