We struggle to find meals we can cook at home that are easy and don’t require us to spend our time after work doing dishes. In fact, I hate doing dishes so badly that I have been known to cry. I’ve also been known to throw away a few dishes when the thought of cleaning them was just too much for my soul to bear. Anyway, I digress. We discovered recently that shrimp boil is actually a pretty easy dish to prepare and it’s great for company. You just follow a boiling schedule and make sure your stockpot is big enough for all the ingredients.
It’s also a pretty healthy meal. We only make a few potatoes and we use low-fat smoked sausage. It’s not as great as the real thing, but it’s still smoky and flavorful. If done well, you will only use one pan for cooking and one platter for serving. Not bad huh? I give a lot of thought to these kinds of details. We also like that we can change the portions of the ingredients to suit our taste. Below is what we use.
Shrimp Boil (adapted from www.oldbay.com)
2 quarts water
1 – 12 ounce beer
4 Lemons quartered
¼ cup Old Bay Seasoning
1 TSP Liquid crab boil
2 TBS Salt
6 Medium Red Potatoes
1 Large onion quartered
1 lb. Smoked Sausage cut into 4-inch pieces
4 Ears of fresh corn shucked and halved
2 lbs. unpeeled jumbo shrimp
Bring water, beer, crab boil, Old Bay Seasoning, lemons and salt to a boil in a large stockpot.
Add ingredients according to this boiling schedule:
• Add potatoes and onions and boil eight minutes.
• Add smoked sausage and cook five minutes.
• Add corn and cook seven minutes.
• Add shrimp and cook until shrimp turn pink.
Drain liquid and transfer cooked food to large serving bowl or platter. Sprinkle with Old Bay or Creole Seasoning if desired.
Serve with French bread, extra lemon wedges, cocktail sauce and hot sauce on the side.