These langostino and Andouille sausage empanadas are inspired by the flavors of Louisiana. One of the things I love about Louisiana creole food, besides that it brings back memories of my grandmother’s food, is the perfect combination of French and Spanish flavors. The empanada filling is made with langostino (or crawfish), Andouille sausage, onions, bell peppers, celery, Tabasco Garlic Pepper sauce, smoked paprika, green onions, and cilantro. It’s almost like a jambalaya without the rice (ok, yes a jambalaya isn’t really a jambalaya without rice, but the filling captures the essence of it).
I would have loved to use crawfish for these empanadas, but couldn’t find any in my neighborhood grocery store when I was preparing them, so I used langostino meat instead. The spicy filling can be made with crawfish, langostino or shrimp, depending on your preference or what you have available. Andouille sausage is spicy smoked pork sausage and it works so well with seafood. You can use chorizo or any other spicy sausage, including non-pork ones, as a replacement option in case you don’t Andouille sausages available.
The spice or heat level of the filling can be adjusted to your preference and also based on the spiciness of the sausages, which can vary. I added Tabasco Garlic Pepper sauce to the filling, it’s slightly milder than regular Tabasco (which can also be used) and has hints of garlicky deliciousness. When cooking with hot sauce, I usually add some at the beginning for flavor (the heat level reduces as it cooks), and then add more at the end to get it to the heat level that I prefer. You can also add a spicy touch to the dough by either using a bit of Tabasco in the empanada dough (if making the dough from scratch), or add some to the egg wash for a spicy glaze.
These langostino or crawfish empanadas can be either fried or baked, I have a slight preference for frying them, especially since the seafood is cooked (and you don’t want to use raw seafood as a empanada filling), and frying is quicker so the langostino, shrimp or crawfish won’t get overcooked and rubbery. As usual, I served the empanadas with a dipping sauce, this time I made a spicy avocado and cilantro mayonnaise sauce. If you don’t have time to make a dipping sauce, you can also serve them with a couple of your favorite Tabasco hot sauces.
Additional recipes referenced:
Recipe for homemade empanada dough for baking
Recipe for homemade empanada dough for frying
Recipe for avocado and cilantro mayonnaise dipping empanada sauce
Step by step preparation photos for langostino and Andouille sausage empanadas
*Disclosure: Thanks to Tabasco for sponsoring this post. All photos, recipes, opinions, and ideas are 100% my own.