Thursday, June 11, 2015

You Take the High Road....

....and I will take a Low Country Boil!  Or some Frogmore Stew, if you prefer.


We love this dish.  I don't know how often it is served above the Mason-Dixon line, but down south, it is widely served during the summer months.  I wanted to make this recipe to "get in the mood" for our upcoming trip to the New England area.

On the internet, you will find a variety of ways to serve this dish.  The funniest one I found was this..... "Po' folks serve it on a piece o' plywood propped on (pronounced "own" here in the south) two sawhorses, with one hole cut out for trash.  Iffn' you be rich, you gots two holes cut in th' plywood."  Serving it traditionally, you will roll out enough butcher paper or newspaper to cover an entire table, drain the water out of the pot and dump the entire lot on the table.  I was snobby in the serving department; we ate off of a plate. :-)

If you've never cooked this dish, please give it a try.  It is so easy and so yummy!  Here's the recipe I have used for years from allrecipes.com.
 

Low Country Boil (Frogmore Stew)

3 quarts of water
1 package of Zatarain's Crab Boil
1 pound new red potatoes, halved
1 pound hot smoked sausage (we use Andouille) cut into pieces
3 ears of corn - husked, cleaned and quartered
2 pounds (more if you want) large shrimp, unpeeled

Bring water and crab boil seasoning to a boil.  Add corn and potatoes.  Cook until tender.  Add sausage and stir.  Cook for approximately 5 minutes.  Add shrimp and stir. Cook until pink, about 5 minutes.  Drain immediately and serve.  Yield: 6 servings (double or triple the recipe if you are serving more people).  Serve with french bread and beer!

NOTE:   I adjusted the original recipe for us.  If you click on the allrecipes.com link, you will find the original recipe. If you want the shorter version, click here. The potatoes, sausage, corn and shrimp can be adjusted to the amount you would like.  If you add more of the good stuff, use more crab boil seasoning.


Tie on your bib and chow down!!  Seat yourself properly at the table, place your napkin in your lap and be sure to use your knife and fork.

I served the Low Country Boil with garlic bread and some yummy green beans.  I will give you the green been recipe tomorrow!





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30 comments

  1. I have had this before and it's WONDERFUL !!!!!! We wait till August so we can have fresh corn and baby red potatoes . Darn girl, you made me hungry again and it's still breakfast !! I'm not clicking on to anymore link's until I'm finished with my morning coffee !!!! You'll love any and all of the New England State's , gorgeous. Hug's, TT

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    1. We do love it! And the fact that it is just so simple to make! I would love to go to a clambake, but they don’t seem to be terribly popular here in the south. We are enjoying the trip so far, even though it is business. Everything up here is absolutely gorgeous!! Hope you are having a great week! Hugs!!

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  2. First Frog more is real town in SC. We always used a big kettle over s fire in the yard. Had the plywood on saw horses.

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    1. Interesting, that is so cool! I will Google it to check it out. So’s did you uns have one hole or two? LOL

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  3. I didn't know that this was also Frogmore Stew! My daughter did this for a birthday party for me out in our picnic shelter. It was so much fun. I must dig out those old pictures!

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    1. Dewena, I didn’t either until I was looking for a recipe all those years ago. I thought it was very interesting that it was called Frogmore Stew. Outside is truly the best way to prepare and serve this meal. It makes it a lot more fun!

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  4. Believe it or not I first made this in January for my birthday a few years ago and it has become a tradition every year. We throw it all on my dining room table with a plastic table cloth and lots of newspapers. I just love it. We invested in a large boiler/fryer and it has been so worth it.

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    1. Isn't it wonderful!??!! It is so much fun and so delicious to eat! We have a large boiler/fryer also...for Low Country Boil and for frying turkeys at Thanksgiving!

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  5. I'm getting quite a Southern education on your blog, Benita! Here is another recipe I have never heard of, but must try! Of course, I am not sure where I will find Crab Boil! ;-)

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    1. I wasn’t sure if Low Country Boil was served up north or not. Since we have been up here, all I’ve heard talk about are clambakes, which we do not seem to have a lot of in the south. LOL@ not finding Crab Boil! I was completely shocked when I popped into a grocery store up here in Newport to pick up a few things and found grits! They were on the very bottom shelf…LOL I’m also learning about the differences in Clam Chowder…wait, I didn’t say it right…Clam Chowda..…LOL (but add 12 syllables because I’m from the south and a y’all on the end..LOL)

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  6. Frogmore Stew, Low Country Boil, tomatoe, tomato...Yours looks absolutely amazing! Love the seafood and fresh sweet corn, delicious! That is one recipe I am saving to post in the Fall, is my nana's recipe for New England clam chowdah, she was from Mystic Port, Connecticut!
    xo, Christine

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    1. Thank you so much! We stopped at Mystic Port on the way up here!! What a cool little town it was. We stopped for a restroom break and to stretch our legs. We’ve been hearing about all the different kinds of Clam “Chowdah” while we’ve been up here. Newport says theirs is the best and they will not serve the “stuff” you get in Maine…LOL. Hugs!!

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  7. I have never had country boil, and I bet my guys would love it!

    Thanks for sharing on the OHMHG ww this week!
    Enjoy your day!
    Karren

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    1. Thanks so much Karren! I believe they would thoroughly enjoy it and it is an easy peasy recipe! Have a great day!

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  8. i have never had a country boil but i think this summer i might have to try it! this looks unbelievably delicious! pinning and trying! thank you for sharing!! :)

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    1. Thank you Amanda! I think you will definitely enjoy this recipe. Easy and delicious - great for summer!

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  9. I have never heard of this but it looks good - Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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    1. Thank you so much Amber! This is a dish traditionally served in the south during the summer months. It is easy and serves a crowd! Thank you again and have a great day!

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  10. Congratulations, Benita!
    Your recipe is featured at #OhMyHeartsieGirl this week. Hope you have a fantastic week!
    hugs, Christine

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate it greatly! Heading over to link up a new post! Hugs!!

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  11. Benita - This looks delicious! I need a new summer recipe and this looks like it will be perfect!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Debi, I think you and your family will definitely enjoy it! Thanks so much! And thank you for hosting a great link party!

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  12. You made it easy and look good! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

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    1. Pam, thanks so much and thank you for hosting!! You will enjoy it, I promise! :-)

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  13. I have eaten Low Country Boil before, but never made it at home. I will have to give it a try. So many wonderful ingredients. I found your blog from the Weekend Retreat Link Party. Following your social media now. Can't wait to see what else you come up with!

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    1. Cynthia, it is so nice to meet you and I am looking forward to reading your blog also! And thank you so much! I do love this recipe and it is one of our favorites over the summer!

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  14. Sounds way nd earful, I'm in Europe and always looking for more shrimp recipes. What is crab boil? Found you from a Worth Cading Wednesday thanks

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    1. Hi Amanda, thank you so much for stopping over. Crab boil is made by Old Bay or Zatarain’s. It is a spice mixture that has a very spicy Cajun-style flavor for seafood. I’m not sure what the blend is since I always buy it rather than make it. If they don’t sell it there in Greece, I’m sure you might be able to Google the blend and make it yourself. It is truly wonderful! Have a great day!

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  15. Oooh, this sounds so good! Do you think a girl from NJ can handle it, lol? Just letting you know I will be featuring this at Best of the Weekend tomorrow night at 8pm! Hope to see you link up again at this week's party

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    1. Yes ma’am, I think you can do it! :-) If you have trouble, just let me know. Dewena said you are heading this way in the fall, so we could show you first-hand how we southerners pull this off! ;-) Thank you so much for the feature and yes, I will be posting another link! Thanks so much and have a wonderful day!

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