Thursday, March 31, 2011

Low Country Boil

After chomping down on a caffe latte lollipop for breakfast, thoughts trended toward: food. I made a one pot wonder for dinner recently that was so ridiculously easy, I almost don't consider it cooking (almost). This recipe was inspired from a Food Network magazine that highlighted an article on Low Country Boil. The ease and beauty of this dish caught my eye. Truly, I needed to take a trip down the Bayou and recreate this fancy feast for my fam.

If you can boil water, you can make this dish - trust me.

It all starts with a big pot and some Old Bay Seasoning; key ingredients to the success of the dish. Fill a large stock pot with water and add several teaspoonsful of Old Bay Seasoning and bring it to a boil.

Next, throw in 4-5 red potatoes...I slice them into cubes because it takes eternity to boil a whole potato. Allow these to boil for a good 10-15 minutes. Go throw on a load of laundry or unload the dishwasher. This meal is great for multi-tasking.

Next, throw in 3-4 ears of fresh corn, broken in half. Allow them to boil a few minutes and then add in some links of Hilshire Farms sausage (you're just heating up the sausage as it's already cooked) and the last 3 minutes add in a handful or two of fresh or frozen shrimp. Once they turn pink, it's done! All said and done, in 20 minutes you made dinner, did a load of laundry and unloaded the dishwasher. Efficient meal planning at its finest!

Drain this wonder pot and pour the contents onto a big platter. Sprinkle it with a little more Old Bay and let your family dig in. The great part about this family style way of serving is that you pick what you want - if the kids just want the sausage and some corn, they can have the sausage and the corn. If the grownups want to hog the shrimp, they can hog the shrimp. Have some cocktail sauce, butter and salt on hand and gobble gobble.


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