Monday, June 1, 2009

Summer eats - Low Country Shrimp Boil

A Shrimp Boil is the easiest thing, and it's soooo good! I learned this from friends in Louisiana, but it's actually a Low Country food. It works the same, however for Crawfish. I had this one published in a cookbook.

Louisiana Shrimp Boil(Low Country Boil)

Fresh Shrimp with the shells on and the heads off, washed.
About ½ to 1 lb per person (depending on how much they like shrimp!)
2 lemons
2 white onions
Small red potatoes ( about 4 to 5 per person, depending on the size)
Corn on the cob(break the ears in half and cook a couple for each person)
One package Crab Boil( this is a small bag of mixed spices you can buy in the grocery)
Hot sauce or liquid Crab Boil ( if you like it spicy)

Use a big pot for this, and preferable out of doors.
Fill about ⅔ full of water, slice up the onions and lemons and add to the water, along with the bag of Crab Boil. Bring the water to a boil, add the potatoes, cook a few minutes, then add the corn, let this boil about 5 minutes. Add the shrimp and let this boil until the shrimp turn pink and are floating.
Use a big strainer and dip the whole thing out on a big platter or a pad of fresh newspaper and paper towels on a picnic table. You have to allow for some water drainage, so pad this with the paper. If you want it hotter, add the hot sauce or liquid Crab Boil to the water. You might want to cook one batch, then take it out and throw in another batch with the hot sauce. Be sure to leave the bag of spices and as much of the lemon and onion in as you can for the second batch. Serve this with hot french bread and a salad. And of course, iced tea and beer!

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