A traditional seafood boil involves cooking shellfish and veggies in the sand for several hours under a huge pile of seaweed. This is a lot of work and definitely NOT a fast and easy dinner. However you can quickly create something along the same lines in the comfort of your very own kitchen. Tonight boil up a big pot of shrimp, potatoes, and corn. The shrimp plump succulently, the corn turns bright yellow, and the potatoes are melt in your mouth tender. Serve with super cold beer or chilled Sauvignon Blanc and chunks of good crusty sourdough. To learn how it's done,
6 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 package (3 ounces) shrimp and crab boil mixture, (one 3-ounce bag)
1 pound small red potato
4 medium ears sweet corn, cut in half
1 pound uncooked peeled deveined medium shrimp, thawed if frozen
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 lemon, cut in to wedges
Fresh ground pepper, if desired
Chopped fresh parsley, if desired
Cocktail sauce, if desired
- Mix water, salt and bag of crab boil mixture in 4-quart Dutch oven. Cover and heat to boiling.
- Add potatoes and corn. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook 10 to 15 minutes or just until potatoes are tender and corn is bright yellow.
- Remove Dutch oven from heat. Add shrimp; let stand 3 to 5 minutes or until shrimp are pink and firm.
- Drain potatoes, corn and shrimp; discard crab boil bag. Place corn and potatoes on serving platter; drizzle with melted butter.
- Arrange shrimp on platter; squeeze juice from lemon wedges over shrimp. Sprinkle with pepper and parsley; serve with cocktail sauce.
Nutrition Information: 1 Serving: Calories 365 (Calories from Fat 100 ); Total Fat 11 g (Saturated Fat 6 g); Cholesterol 185 mg; Sodium 560 mg; Total Carbohydrate 48 g (Dietary Fiber 5 g); Protein 23 g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 20 %; Vitamin C 16 %; Calcium 4 %; Iron 24 % Exchanges: 3 Starch; 1 Vegetable; 2 Very Lean Meat