Low Country Boil

by jerseygirl on August 3, 2009 · 24 comments

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.
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Mary August 3, 2009 at 11:24 am

It looks wonderful, Lisa. What a great way to entertain during the height and heat of summer.

The Japanese Redneck August 3, 2009 at 11:41 am

I love to do a low country boil. We love it. Your's looks terrific too!
Ramona

Pam August 3, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Sounds good to me! I am going to have to try a low country boil soon.

That Girl August 3, 2009 at 2:05 pm

I LIVE off of this on summer vacations!

Jamie August 3, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Lisa,
Isn't this meal great for a get-together? It's so good.

Foodie with Little Thyme! August 3, 2009 at 2:16 pm

It all looks great. I've been wanting to try the firefly drinks.

Lynda August 3, 2009 at 3:45 pm

This looks wonderful, Lisa…I've not tried making this dish before, but it sounds like a delicious and easy simmer meal!

lisaiscooking August 3, 2009 at 3:55 pm

This is such a fun idea for a party! Looks delicious, and must have been a great night.

Deb August 3, 2009 at 4:25 pm

I love those one pot meals! I'll have to try this soon. Thanks!

Anonymous August 3, 2009 at 5:02 pm

wow. I hadn't heard of this either and I'm in Cali. It sounds great.

Kerstin August 3, 2009 at 5:18 pm

What a fun meal, it reminds me of summer by the beach!

Barbara Bakes August 3, 2009 at 8:03 pm

I'm sure your neighbors were impressed! Looks like a great feast!

Donna-FFW August 3, 2009 at 10:48 pm

That looks so perfect for company!

Adam August 4, 2009 at 9:15 am

That's just an awesome smorgesboard of food. How much better can it get than throwing a bunch of meat and veggies together with beer?

Oh wait… sweet tea 🙂

kat August 4, 2009 at 10:03 am

Oh that boil looks so amazing!

Bridgett August 4, 2009 at 11:43 am

A perfect feast!

Aggie August 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Yay for Low Country Boils!! It looks great Lisa! Glad you enjoyed it!

That drink sounds so good!!

Jaime and Jen DISH August 4, 2009 at 6:21 pm

This looks delicious!!! I'm making this for sure!

Chef Jeena August 5, 2009 at 10:54 am

This looks tasty Lisa especially with the corn in there too yummy.

biz319 August 5, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Your dish looks great! I was introduced to the low country boil in Door County, Wisconsin of all places – but there's had fish in it too.

The Blonde Duck August 6, 2009 at 6:57 am

What fun!

Debbie August 6, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Oh that sounds great to me. The low country boil and the drink!!!

amandalouden August 9, 2009 at 11:30 am

WOw that looks fun and great. I will have to look up that spice. Being a native Californian I have never heard of this dish. So great!

Anonymous September 28, 2009 at 11:28 am

Down south we call your Low Country Boil "Frogmore Stew"

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