From my RV kitchen
Not too long ago a couple friends of mine, Russ and Jill Yates, owners of Holiday Park Campground, invited me over to their park on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Even though I grew up in the east I'd never visited that storied peninsula and was eager to see what the buzz was all about. As I left Annapolis, the city in my rear view mirror, I was taken by the sparkling bay, the quaint towns, the seafood markets and produce stands and row after row of corn! I don't know what I expected but it wasn't corn!
Inspired, I stopped and picked up the ingredients to a quintessential eastern shore meal...a low country shrimp boil. Perfect for a casual outdoor gathering, this meal was a real treat! We had four hungry diners but you can adjust the recipe to feed as many or as few as you wish. You are limited only by the size of your stockpot. Try it, I know you'll like it!
8 c water
1 12oz bottle lager
1/2 c Old Bay Seasoning
8 medium red potatoes - whole
2 large sweet onions - cut into large chunks
2 lbs smoked sausage (andouille is spicy and excellent) - cut into 1" thick slices
8 ears of fresh shucked corn - broken in half
4 pounds of shrimp - peeled and cleaned (crab works great in this recipe, too)
Crusty bread - thickly sliced
Butcher paper or newspaper to cover the table with
Bring the water, lager, Old Bay and salt to boil in a large stockpot.
Add potatoes and onions and boil for 8 minutes.
Add sausage and corn and boil for an additional 7 minutes.
Add shrimp on top - do not submerge - and steam for 2 minutes or until pink and opaque.
Drain and reserve the liquid.
Empty the contents of the drained stockpot directly onto the middle of a butcher paper/newspaper covered table along with the bread and reserved dipping liquid. Nothing but plenty of napkins and beverage of choice required!
I've also hear this meal called a 'throw' and there are endless varieties prepared across the country. In fact, I was fortunate enough to enjoy a Great Lakes Michigan version of this dish when visiting Alpena not too long ago.
Mix it up, add local seafood, spices or vegetables to suit your palate and your surroundings. And believe me, this is a terrific way to enjoy an evening under the stars with friends old and new.
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