Low Country Boil

This dish has so many flavours and so many core ingredients (meat and seafood and veg amazingness!). Easy to throw together. Only not so awesome part is that you have 3 cooking steps. But worth it.

The Recipe:
14 cups of water
1/4-1/3 cup of spicy boil seafood seasoning (such as Zatarain’s or Old Bay)
1 bay leaf
1 head of garlic, halved
1 large yellow onion, largely diced
4 stalks of celery, cut into large 1″ chunks
2 1/5-3 pounds of small red skinned potatoes, washed and skin left on
3 ears of corn, shucked and cut into quarters
2 pounds of sausage, cut into 3″ pieces
2 pounds of medium shrimp, deveined with shell on
3 pounds of lemons, halved (optional)

1. Add water, seasoning, bay leaf, garlic, onion, celery and potatoes to 6 quart or larger slow cooker.

2. Cook for 4-6 hours on low, until fork pierces potatoes easily.

3. Add corn and sausage. Cook on low for additional 1-2 hours.

4. Add shrimp. Cook on low for additional 20-35 minutes, until shrimp is pink but not overcooked.

5. Scoop out with slotted spoon and serve immediately with halved lemons for squeezing over the meal.

Low Country Boil

My Experience:

First of all, I didn’t buy seafood seasoning. I just googled it and made the first recipe with what I had in the pantry. If there was an ingredient I didn’t have, I didn’t use it (I have quite a lot of spices). Basically it had: paprika, onion salt, celery salt, pepper, cinnamon, ground cloves, ground ginger, dry mustard and red pepper flakes. I was missing things like cardamom, allspice, and celery seed (so I used celery salt). Wow I was missing a lot less than I thought when I made it this morning. If you don’t have many of these spices, I would suggest just buying a seafood seasoning.

I have a fairly small slow cooker so I proportioned amounts based on what I thought would fit. So 1 corn (I really should have made 2 because they were YUMMY), 3 sausages (also yummy and regretting not having more), 2 normal sized red potatoes cut into pieces (didn’t feel like buying small ones), and about 16 shrimp.

I wasn’t crazy about the potatoes for some reason but I completely loved the rest. I also added a bit of butter to my corn when I was eating it. Adding to the yummy-ness. For the sausages, they original recipe suggested smoked, Andouille or kielbasa. I actually used smoked bratwurst sausages from Johnsonville. I thought they were fantastic.

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