However, there are vintage crawfish recipes in older cookbooks - some of them are pretty creative. I would encourage those who follow this blog to give other options a try. Here are two from 1941. (The Tomato Cheese Sauce is a tomato soup based shortcut - homemade cream of tomato soup or a basic Creole sauce with a cup of grated cheese added and melted in will work if one prefers.)
from MY PRIZE WINNING RECIPES
by Mrs. Geo. A. Chehardy (New Orleans)
With Tomato Cheese Sauce
Filling for Dumplings:
2 cups boiled, minced crawfish mixed with 1 tablespoon each minced onion, parsley, green pepper and celery. Season highly and moisten with melted butter.
Sift together 2 cups flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder and 1/8 tsp. salt. Cut in 2 tablespoons shortening and 1 beaten egg. Add enough milk (about 3/4 cup) to make a moderately firm dough. Roll thin; cut in large rounds. Place a generous amount of the crawfish mixture on each and fold the edges of the dough to the center. Arrange in a buttered pan; bake in a hot oven. Delicious.
Tomato Cheese Sauce:
This is a quick method sauce that is excellent. and when hot Heat 1 can of cream of tomato soup and when hot stir in 1 cup of grated yello cheese. Cook long enough to melt cheese. Serve on the dumplings.
CRAWFISH WITH BANANA
2 ½ tablespoons butter
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups hot milk
2 hard boiled eggs
2 ½ tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
¾ cup chopped celery
1 cup boiled, chopped crawfish
1 teaspoon curry
Melt butter; add onion and cook until onion is tender. Stir in the flour; add milk; cook 10 minutes. Add all ingredients (except the rice). Cook over hot water 15 minutes. To serve arrange mounds or rice, then a border of the curried crawfish. Surround with a border of panéed bananas. To pané bananas dip in egg, then in crumbs and fry.
 350º for 15 - 25 minutes or until golden brown.
 1 can tomato soup diluted with 1 can milk.
 Use fairly green bananas; quarter by cutting in half lengthwise then widthwise; deep fry in oil or in a skillet with a a generous layer of oil until golden brown.