“Etouffée” means smothered, which is how this dish should be served: smothering the rice underneath it.
Certainly they would be better off under a reformist government, rather than the smothering absolutism of the oligarchy.
Another top contender in the Oscar race is Barbara Hershey, as the smothering mother of fragile Natalie Portman in Black Swan.
Then she made a little clutch at her throat, as if she were smothering.
"We'll run for Peel this morning, boys," said Pete, smothering his voice in a mouthful.
The winter-wind blowing through the window filled with fine frost wet his face, lifted the smothering off his lungs.
The smothering canopy was then lowered, but not so noiselessly as I had seen it lowered.
He was gasping for breath, strangling in the smothering oven which his chamber had become.
He thought, on this, that he might be smothering her; and he relaxed his hold to allow her to breathe.
smothering an exclamation, Lorry jerked out his watch and then sprang to his feet, intensely excited.
c.1200, "to suffocate with smoke," from smother (n.), earlier smorthre "dense, suffocating smoke" (late 12c.), from stem of Old English smorian "to suffocate, choke, strangle, stifle," cognate with Middle Dutch smoren, German schmoren; possibly connected to smolder. Meaning "to kill by suffocation in any manner" is from 1540s; sense of "to extinguish a fire" is from 1590s. Sense of "stifle, repress" is first recorded 1570s; meaning "to cover thickly (with some substance)" is from 1590s. Related: Smothered; smothering.