Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Celebration

First I am celebrating that I have the Nine Patches all done with a month to spare! I just need to bag them up.

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And most importantly my youngest son turns 35 this week. For his birthday we always celebrate with a Shrimp Boil. Nothing FANCY here just good eats. This is a popular thing along the Gulf coast and the Low Country along the southern Atlantic Coast. You just spread the table with newspaper or brown bags. I always use a plastic tablecloth and when we are done just wrap the whole thing and put in the trash.

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Here is my recipe and the cocktail sauce is an old family favorite.

Pat’s Frogmore Stew

Serves 8-10 people

7 lbs. Medium Shrimp

2-1/2 lbs. Smoked Sausage cut into 2 inch lengths

6 ears of corn halved

Small Red Potatoes – quartered or halved depending on size

1 Pkg. Zataran’s Shrimp Boil

1 Tablespoon of Cayenne Pepper or more

Fill large stock pot half full of water add Shrimp Boil and Cayenne Pepper. I used one well rounded tablespoon. Bring to a boil, add potatoes and bring to a boil again cook for about 10 minutes, add corn and sausage bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes more or until potatoes are tender. Remove potatoes, corn and sausage and keep warm. Add Shrimp to water and bring to a boil cook for 3-5 minutes. Heap all in a large bowl (s) and serve with Killer Cocktail Sauce.

Killer Cocktail Sauce

Combine 3/4 cup Heinz Chili Sauce, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 to 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon grated onion, and drops bottled hot pepper sauce. Season with salt to taste; chill. Makes 1-1/4 cups.

Notes: I will only use Kraft Horseradish, but do not get the creamed variety and I use the 2 tablespoons, also sometimes I don’t bother with the grated onion – I have used a couple of drops of liquid onion if I have it on hand. Chill for several hours for the flavors to really blend. I also double the recipe because my gang really likes a lot.


Until later.


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