Friday, August 29, 2008

Low Country Boil

This one-pot dish is a combination of shrimp, sausage, corn, and potatoes. It is great for relaxing trips to the beach, it is also easy to create for a crowd. Having a removable drain basket only makes cooking easier. The rule of thumb here is the bigger the crowd, the bigger the pot.

4 pounds small red potatoes
3 cans of beer
1 (3-ounce) bag of crab boil seasoning
4 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
2 pounds kielbasa or hot smoked link sausage, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
6 ears of corn, halved
4 pounds large fresh shrimp in the shell, I perfer no heads but some down here like them.
a whole newspaper - optional

Add potatoes to large pot, then add beer and water to fill the pot 3/4's way full and add the seasonings. Cover pot and heat to a rolling boil; cook 10 minutes. Add sausage and corn, and return to a boil. Cook for another 10 - 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Add shrimp to stockpot; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Drain. Serve with cocktail sauce. Normally this would serve about 10 -12 people. instead of dirtying those plates just take that newspaper and cover your table (its better if you are outdoors less of a chance for a mess) and empty your basket onto the paper and then it is everyone for themselves. Be sure to peel the shrimp prior to putting them into your mouth.

You could use prepeeled shrimp but the shells hold a lot of flavor that is added to the dish. Plus if you are faster at peeling them than the rest of your party you get to eat more shrimp!!!

I tell you what if you love shrimp as much as my family does you have to have this. If you plan on cooking this and having a party be prepared to have a few fights over the last of the shrimp and sausage. Enjoy I know you will.

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Foodycat said...

I've heard of this but never tried it. I'd like to though! What is in the seasonings?

Bryan said...

the crab boil is a bag of whole spices and herbs that you put into the pot and can fish out when you are done cooking. The basic ingredients if you want to make it yourself are -

4 tablespoons yellow mustard seeds
3 tablespoons coriander seeds
2 tablespoons whole allspice
2 tablespoons dill seeds
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
8 bay leaves
Salt and cayenne pepper (or liquid hot sauce) to taste

place everything into some cheesecloth and wrap it up and tie the open end.

Carolyn Jung said...

This is one of my fave things in the world. I love the informality of it all _ pouring it all out onto a newspaper-covered table (yet another reason to keep your newspaper subscription!) and digging in with your hands. It's a simple joy that can't be beat.

Teresa said...

We loved this one! Definitely a new family favorite. Thanks for the recipe. :-)

Bryan said...

Your welcome and I am sorry for taking so long to get back to all of you.