It’s a fun, hands on meal for a Labor Day family get together.
Becky Low shares the idea and recipe for a Low Country Boil.
Low Country Boil
2 pounds small new potatoes (10-12)
3 ears fresh corn
1 pound cooked smoked sausage
2 pounds large raw shrimp
1 gallon water
2-4 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning, to taste*
1 small onion, optional
¼-¾ cup butter, melted
Snipped fresh parsley
Cocktail sauce (see recipe below)
Clean potatoes, don’t peel; husk corn and remove silk, cut or break each cob into 2-3 pieces; thaw shrimp, if frozen, devein, rinse (shells may be removed, if desired); cut sausage into 1-inch pieces.
Place water in a large pot, add Old Bay (or crab/shrimp boil seasoning) to taste. Cut 1 lemon in quarters and drop in pot; peel onion, leave whole and add to the pot; add potatoes, bring to a boil, reduce heat and gently boil 10 minutes; add corn and sausage, gently boil 5 more minutes; add shrimp and simmer 5 minutes longer.
Drain. Traditionally drained Low Country boil is poured out on a picnic table covered with newspaper and eaten with the hands. May also place drained Low Country Boil on a large baking sheet in the center of the table. Drizzle with ¼-cup melted butter, sprinkle with additional Old Bay and snipped fresh parsley. Slice remaining lemons into wedges, squeeze some lemon over boil, place remaining slices on the boil for family and guests to use. Serve with crusty garlic bread and cocktail sauce and or hot sauce and additional melted butter.
Fun way to feed a hungry crowd. Traditionally the boil is cooked outside. Serves 5-6.
*Old Bay may be substituted with other crab and shrimp boil such as Zatarain’s
Quick Cocktail Sauce
1 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning, to taste
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish, to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Combine all ingredients, taste and adjust seasoning. Refrigerate 2-4 hours to blend flavors.
Becky Low represents The Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada. For delicious dairy recipes and nutrition information go to
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