Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Let's Head South...

...for a big 'ol Louisiana Shrimp Boil!

Shrimp...Corn...Potatoes...

Cajun! 
Spicy!
HOT!

 This is a meal we've been craving to have again after our good friend, Une Autre Mere, threw a fabulous Mardi Gras party last year! 

A Shrimp Boil is actually easier than I thought it would be!  Just get the ingredients all ready to go and set the timer!  Here's the step-by-step...

Spicy Shrimp Boil

1 lemon, quartered
5 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
2 1/2 teaspoons cayenne, divided
2 bay leaves
4 garlic cloves, minced
8 small potatoes
4 ears of corn, shucked and halved
1 pound kielbasa (sausage), sliced into 1 in. pieces (optional...it was our back-up in case the kids didn't like the shrimp...which they didn't...yeah, more for us!)
3/4 - 1 pound large shrimp, in shell

Squeeze lemon juice into 4 quarts of water in a large pot. 
Stir in lemon quarters, cajun seasoning, 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, bay leaves, garlic, potatoes, and 2 tablespoons sea salt. 

Bring to a boil, then simmer, partially covered, until potatoes are almost tender, 10 to 12 minutes. 

Increase heat to high, then add corn and simmer, partially covered, 4 minutes.

Stir in sausage and shrimp and cook until just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. 
(It does take awhile to bring the pot back up to a boil...)

 The shrimp will curl and turn pink when it is cooked through.

Drain sausage, shrimp, potatoes, and corn.
 Serve with a little dipping sauce of melted butter mixed with cajun seasoning.

Yum!  There are no eating pictures available.  Sorry!  Corn-on-the-cob just doesn't seem to photograph super beautiful when it's being chowed down!  Trust me...this is one super delicious summer meal!

3 comments:

kasey. said...

Yum! That sounds soo good...I may have to try this for Covina birthday dinner he loves shrimp! And good idea adding the sausage for kids...I never would have though of that!

peter marie said...

Delicious! Looks like the ultimate summer meal!

This Heavenly Life said...

Gotta love those one-pot meals for summertime! Now, even though I don't love seafood (or even really like it...) I do think this looks beautiful!