Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Low Country Seafood Boil, Strawberries and Rhubarb!

I promised in my last post to give the recipes for my Mother's Day dinner so here they are.....

Seafood or Low Country Boils are famous in the low country of Georgia and South Carolina. They are typically done in a large outdoor cooker making it an easy all-in-one-pot-all-you-can-eat dinner.

This is a large boiler/fryer that has been a great investment for us not only for seafood boils but also for deep fried turkey!

The ingredients for a boil are variable according to taste but a basic boil includes small red or new potatoes, sausage or kielbasa, fresh corn on the cob, and any combination of crab, shrimp, scallops and clams. We used clams, shrimp, corn, small white potatoes and a combination of sweet and hot Italian sausage. I happen to have a huge platter to serve it on but the authentic way to serve a seafood boil is to spread out some newspapers on the picnic table and throw all the ingredients on top. That way everyone can dig in from all sides of the table without passing the dish. We fed 5 adults and there was still some left over!

The seasonings are very important and also are as variable as your taste. We have found that the more is better so that all the pieces are drenched with it.....otherwise everything comes out sort of bland from just basically being boiled.  My husband put so many seasonings in this one that the water was brown.....I was a little skeptical, but each piece was tasty, especially the potatoes, which really soaked it all up. He made it a little on the hot/spicy side.
I have a recipe to follow but we usually wing it and do our own thing for the seasonings, which are different every time we make it. Seasonings include Old Bay Seafood Boil seasonings, beer, lemons, garlic cloves, bay leaves, Cajun seasoning and onions.
So here is the recipe that we used recently....
5 quarts of water
1 bag Old Bay Seasoning
1 lemon, cut in half
5 cloves garlic, whole
1 pinch Adobo, a Spanish seasoning
 1/4 cup kosher salt
pinch of crushed red pepper
pinch of Cajun seasoning
a handful of fresh oregano leaves from our garden
To the 5 quarts of water add all of the seasonings and set to boil.
Main Ingredients:
2 pounds of small potatoes, whole
1 pound sweet Italian sausage cut in 2" pieces
1 pound hot Italian sausage cut in 2" pieces
6 ears of fresh corn, cut in half or thirds depending on the size of the cob
2 pounds large, raw shrimp
4 dozen little neck or mahogany clams, scrubbed clean
melted butter
cocktail sauce
Once the water comes to a boil add the potatoes and sausage and cook for 10 minutes or until tender and done. Add the corn and cook for another 5 minutes.
Take the potatoes, sausage and corn out and keep covered and warm on a plate.
Add the clams to the water next and once they start to open add the shrimp and cook till pink.
You can add the potatoes, sausage and corn back in the water for a minute to reheat and then drain everything and serve on a platter or newspaper. Serve with lots of melted butter and cocktail sauce.
If you have room for dessert.......

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler
My daughter found this online from Taste of Home. Click on the link for the full recipe.

I also make a Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp which is a little different in that the topping is made from flour, sugar and butter and bakes into a crisp, crunchy topping. Both are equally fabulous and the strawberries and rhubarb are in season right now in Upstate New York.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
2 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into small pieces
2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup butter

Heat oven to 350. Place rhubarb in ungreased 8" square pan. Sprinkle with salt.
Measure sugar, flour and cinnamon into a bowl. Add butter and mix with a fork thoroughly until it is crumbly.
Sprinkle evenly over strawberries and rhubarb.

Bake 40-50 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Serve warm or cold with whipped cream.

Are you full yet?!

That should keep you busy for awhile! Enjoy!

AnnMarie :)

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  1. Your cobbler looks divine! I am on Etsy too-- I will have to follow your shop.
    :) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls

  2. Wow... if I only had the time, I would definitely try and make the Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp... but, lol, as luck would have it, I just happened to bring up the point of so little time in my own blog this very day. Funny, huh? :) Glad you're back... I missed you. AND I haven't forgotten about your ACEO! I just am still waiting for the perfect idea to come to me.

  3. Can I come over to your house for dinner?:)))

  4. Ann this looks so yummy! They do this in Louisiana as well. My family in New Orleans had a crawfish boil at the reunion last year for Memorial Day. We had corn and I think potatoes as well.

    That boiler looks nice.

  5. Hi Anne Marie, Thank you for the visit to thewednesdaybaker. I am following along with you. The boil looks delish but my eyes head for the strawberry rhubard. Someday I am going to try rhubard. I never have had it, never baked or anything with it. I do hope you are feeling better and getting stronger each day. Thinking of you Andi

  6. We had this boil in North Carolina at my sister-in-law's. I'm salivating. I love rhubarb too. Thanks for sharing!


  7. Both these dishes look absolutely amazing. I'm your newest follower via GFC.

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  8. Your Seafood boil looks yummy and the Rhubarb pie...I would want seconds on that! Thank you so much for linking up to the Fluster Buster party...hugs, Penny

  9. Yummy!! What a feast! We make strawberry-rhubarb crisp anytime we can acquire fresh rhubarb. It's so nice to see that someone else enjoys it, too.

  10. I have ALWAYS wanted to do this! Thank you for the tips!

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    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!


    Beijos Marie.

  12. looks amazing. I am drooling. I can't get rhubarb here.

  13. I've been looking for a good recipe for my rhubarb! Thanks for joining us at the Let's Get Social Sunday link party. Have a great Memorial Day :) Diane @MamalDiane

  14. It all looks so wonderful. yummy

  15. I agree I want eat your house this looks yummy thanks for sharing this on the Favorite Post SHOW OFF

  16. Seafood boil?! :O This looks AMAZING! I've always wanted to live at the beach (I grew up less than an hour away, but that wasn't close enough; I want a full-time house ON the beach!) and this is the kind of food I always envisaged making! :) Hearty & delicious without too much fuss! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers!

  17. yummmmmmmmmmmmmm Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

  18. Oh my, I wish I ha came to dinner! I've always wanted to do a boil. It looks like so much fun and I LOVE seafood. And then you topped it all off with strawberry rhubarb crisp?? YUM! Great post!

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the Weekend Wonders Party!! Hope you have a great day!


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