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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Low Country Boil

For years we have gone to the gulf coast for the 4th of July. We rented condo's for the week and had a big time. This year we are staying closer to home, and the rest of the family is spread around the world. I am having a hard time~ wishing we were flying kites on the beach!

One of the favorite things to do while at the beach is have a Low Country Boil. This is more a process than a recipe. It is so simple to do and can feed 4 or 14~ just add more goodies! Here's the scoop~

Low Country Boil
2# large shrimp
4 ears corn, shucked
4-8 small potatoes
1# sausage
1 package shrimp boil

In the largest pot you have boil 2-3 cups water, add shrimp boil in the package. In the bottom of the pot place sausage cut into ~2inch pieces. Add whole potatoes. Bring to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender. Break each ear of corn in half, layer in pot on top of the potatoes. Cook 10 minutes until corn is tender. Top with shrimp, cover and cook 5 minutes until shrimp is pink and curled. When ready to serve, scoop out some of everything onto each plate or pour out onto a table covered with newspapers. Serve with french bread and plenty of cocktail sauce.

As with most American holidays~ the 4th of July is about family, friends, and good food. I hope you are planning a fun day!

Y'all enjoy!


rpm said...

My sister makes low country boil quite a few times a year and her recipe is the same as yours! The beach will miss you this Fourth of July. It will make the next trip to the beach even sweeter. Hope you have a great Fourth and have some yummy food.

Cheryl said...

A low country boil sounds great.

Have a wonderful holiday.

Carla said...

In case I don't check in tomorrow, happy 4th to you. Your low country boil sounds delicious.

Elle said...

Hope you have a happy 4th of July Sandi. I know what you mean about the beach...none for me this year. The Low Country boil sound delish.

Rhoda said...

Now that's a party! Sounds so good...I've done a boil like this once in LA & it was pretty darn good.

Happy Anniversary, Sandi...what a great pic!


Sandi @ the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Happy 4th to all y'all! I'll be checking to see what you did for the holiday.

Mallow said...

Do you know what some of the flavors/spices are that are in the packet? Or a brand? I'm not sure I can find that stuff up here in the north, but I remember something like it from when I was a kid. Help - what am I looking for?

Sandi @ the WhistleStop Cafe said...

anonymous~ you got it!
Mallow~ good question... it is a magic mix of spices to cook seafood. The one I use is Zatarans and it comes in it's own package...I'll show a picture.

Mrs.E said...

This is the perfect recipe for such a holiday. Happy 4th to you and yours!

justabeachkat said...

Yum Yum! Perfect for the beach. Very delish!

Hope your 4th was good.


Lisa said...

Your boil sounds divine! Thanks for sharing.

I'm wishing I were at the beach now, though! :(

Anonymous said...


I have tried the peach salsa and it is divine. What type marinade is used in the pork chop dish?

Dr. Lori Tabb

Sandi @ the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Mrs E & Kat~ perfect for a 4th just about anywhere
Lisa~ I wish I were at the beach almost every day
Dr Tabb~ WhistleStop Marinade of course!

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