Boiling on a Weeknight

July 15, 2016 | By | Comments (0)

Boil for two

I’ve always loved a good boil – cooking them for my closest friends from the San Juan Islands of Washington to thousands of folks at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival in Prince Edward Island, Canada . . . and of course, every where else in between.

MM Boil

The truth is – my boil is a melange of a New Orleans crawfish boil and a Georgia Frogmore Stew.  Like any good cook, I’m always changing and adapting my recipe for what I have on hand, and of course, to my guests preferences.

Lately though, I’ve been making a ‘date-night’ boil for my wife and I to enjoy – usually with few cold beers or a bottle of chilled white wine.  Though typically served to feed the masses, I find that a boil is easily adaptable for a casual dinner for two.  And since I say ‘date-night’ – dare I say also elegant too!

And since most grocers allow you to source just what you need to make this dish – it’s quite affordable too.  Always a winner in my book.  Did I mention you only have to clean one pot when finished?  Okay, okay – I’ll stop gloating!

Change things up a bit the next time you are looking for a new weeknight meal.  And remember, try to source fresh local seafood and produce whenever possible – it will really shine in this dish!

Weeknight Low Country Boil

2 Tbsp. kosher salt
2 Tbsp. Creole Seasoning, plus more for serving
1 Tbsp. cayenne pepper, if desired
1 light beer
1 lemon, cut in half
1 onion, peeled and cut in half4 cloves garlic, peeled
3 bay leaves
4 small new potatoes
2 ears corn, husks removed and broken in half
1/2 lb. Andouille sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 lb. fresh extra-large Gulf shrimp, peels and tails on
Sliced lemon, as garnish
Chopped parsley, as garnish

1.  Bring 3 qts. water in a large stockpot to a boil over medium high heat.  Add the first 8 ingredients and boil for 10 minutes.

2.  Next, add potatoes, return to a boil, and boil for 5 minutes.  Add corn and sausage, return to a boil, and boil for 3 minutes.

3.  Add shrimp, turn off the heat, and cover the pot.  Allow the shrimp to rest in the mixture until firm and bright pink, about 5 minutes.  Drain mixture and evenly plate.  Garnish with lemon wedges and chopped parsley.  Serve immediately.



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