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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Another southern favorite...

This is our own adaptation and we love to have this once the weather is warm and we can dine outside.  We always have this when we are vacationing in the low country.  This is an eat with your hands meal, and yes, you must peel the shrimp yourself.  Serve with cocktail sauce if you must.
Low Country Boil

2 lbs. medium to large shrimp
2 lbs. smoked sausage, cut into big bite size pieces
2 pounds small red potatoes, halved or quartered, as necessary
4 large ears of corn, cut into thirds
4 quarts water
1 (3-ounce) bag of crab boil seasoning, we use Zatarain's
4 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning

Add potatoes to large pot, then add 4 quarts water and seasonings. Cover pot and heat to a rolling boil; cook 5 minutes. Add sausage and corn, and return to a boil. Cook 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Add shrimp to stockpot; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Drain and place in a large serving bowl family style; or if you are eating outside (the best way), dump the whole drained mix on newspapers spread on the middle of your table.   Serves 6 to 8.


  1. We had it once when my brother-in-law's brother was visiting from Nebraska and we cooked it in a cream can -- like a milk can, I guess -- over an open fire. It was great.

  2. We are considering getting a turkey fryer, but not to fry turkeys. We want to use it for scout camping events, and making HUGE portions of Low Country Boil for parties.

  3. The comment was from Trish -- I can't figure out how to post with my name so I used Anonymous.

  4. If you want to be even more daring than the shrimp boil try crawfish. It is now crawfish season and corn on the cob, potatoes, sausage, and crawfish are absolutely wonderful. I think Crawfish is the national food of Louisana and you really don't have to suck the head.

  5. I would love to try crawfish (or crawdads, as I grew up calling them), but will have to do so dining out some time- Ben doesn't share my love for shellfish (until he tried lobster, shrimp was it), and has said he has ne desire to try them :( Funny thing is that he grew up eating shrimp and fish, but I didn't get this pleasure until I was on my own.


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