Low Country Boil

Last night we hosted our annual, okay it's only the second time we've done it, end of the summer low country boil. For those of you who are not from the south or have not lived here, a low country boil is a one pot wonder!

A bit of back story if you will. Once called Frogmore Stew, this one-pot wonder was created by a National Guardsman when he needed to cook a meal for 100 soldiers. Richard Gay, who learned the recipe from his family, had everyone remembering his stew. The dish was later named Frogmore, where Richard was from, by the guards who teased him about home. The postal service eliminated the name Frogmore, which changed this popular dish to Low Country boil.

Here's the setting for our party. Lovely, isn't it?

Start with a large pot.

Fill about half full of water. Throw in some lemon halves and crab and shrimp boil seasoning. Bring to a boil.

Add the rest of the ingredients, being careful to follow the timing in the recipe.

It's almost finished!

 Dump it on paper bags and dig in!

I didn't get a photo of the table after everyone helped themselves, I can tell you that there were three lonely shrimp left!

The morning after! This was just some of the empties!!
Thank goodness tomorrow is recycle day!

Low Country Boil

5 quarts water
3 or 4 lemons, cut in half
1 (3-ounce) bag of crab boil seasoning
4 pounds small red potatoes
2 pounds kielbasa or hot smoked link sausage, cut into 1½-inch pieces
6 ears of corn, halved (I used frozen.)
4 pounds large fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined optional
Cocktail sauce

Add potatoes to large pot, then add 5 quarts water and seasonings. Cover pot and heat to a rolling boil; cook 20 minutes. Add sausage; cook 10 minutes. Add corn, and and cook 7 minutes.
Add shrimp to stockpot; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Drain. Serve with cocktail sauce.

Serves 12

I also made corn muffins and had brownies and key lime tartlets for dessert.

What an easy way to through a party! There is very little work and clean up is a breeze. I actually got to visit with our guests instead of being stuck in the kitchen. Now that's my kind of party!


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