Over the weekend, we had some neighbors over for a low country boil. For those down south, I am sure you are very familiar with this. If you live in NJ, you might not have heard of it before. I first saw a low country boil on my friend Aggie’s blog, Aggie’s kitchen and have wanted to make it ever since. She always has great recipes and this was no exception. A low country boil is shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn all cooked in a big pot, spiced with some Old Bay seasoning. I like to provide a little variety so I used two kinds of shrimp, a few different kinds of sausage and two different colored potatoes. The sausage really flavors the cooking water especially since we had smoked turkey kielbasi, brats and chorizo. I also added a bottle of beer to the pot. After everything was cooked, it all went in a big disposable pan for easy clean up. This recipe is really great for a crowd!
The other hit of the night was this. Notice how it is empty.
When I decided to make a low country boil I asked some of my foodie friends for a drink that would work well with the meal. Shannon, who is a food crazy southern girl, gave me the suggestion of Firefly sweet tea vodka and lemonade. We couldn’t have had a better drink. If you like sweet tea and lemonade, I urge you to try some of this. I mixed two parts lemonade to one part vodka and you couldn’t even taste the alcohol. It is my new drink of the summer. Have a great week everyone!
Low Country Boil (Adapted from Paula Deen’s recipe)
12 ounces beer
1/4 cup Old Bay seasoning
1/4 lb sausage per person (I used brats, turkey kielbasi and chorizo), cut into 1 inch pieces
2 small potatoes per person (I used red and white)
1 ear of corn per person, cut in thirds
1/4 to 1/2 lb shrimp per person (I used frozen)
Fill a very large pot with water, beer and Old Bay. Add sausage and cook for 20 minutes on medium high heat. Add potatoes and cook for another 15 minutes. Add corn and cook for 8 more minutes. Finally add shrimp and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Serve with cocktail and tartar sauce. This can be divided into more than one pot if your pot is not big enough.