Seafood boils are a tradition that originated from the South where groups would gather around a table spread that was full of all the pretty things such as: crab, shrimp, clams, vegetables and often times meat. These items are seasoned and boiled to perfection and served on the side with lots lemon, extra melted butter and hot sauce.
This is meant to be served so casual that you eat it with your bare hands off newspapers. That is considered to be the fun part! You get a little messy while soaking in all of the flavors. This type of meal pairs well with an ice cold beer on a hot summer day. Being in that type of environment, you will truly feel like you are in Louisiana and I don't see anything wrong with that.
So, what are you waiting for... crack open a beer, invite your friends over and get that pot boiling!
It's messy, it's flavorful, it's spicy. So, don't be afraid to let your nose run.
Serves 5, INGREDIENTS:
5 corn on the cobs, cut in fourths
8 medium sized red potatoes, cut in quarters
3 salmon fillets, cut in cubes
2 smoky andouille sausage links
1 LB. shrimp, deveined and tails on
6 TBSP old bay seasoning
2 TBSP butter + 1/2 cup melted
2-3 TBSP minced Garlic (I love lots of garlic, especially with this dish)
2 bay leaves
One Lemon, cut in half then sliced
4 TBSP Webber grill cajun seasoning
Hot sauce of choice to serve on the side (optional)
Prepare all items: cut corns on the cob, potatoes, sausage and salmon and set aside.
Fill a large, deep pot with water half way. Add old bay seasoning, 2 TBSP butter, 2-3 TBSP minced garlic and to bay leaves. Stir and bring to a boil.
First add the potatoes and then the corn. Boil for about 7 minutes or until potatoes are a bit tender.
Then, add sausage. Boil for another 3 minutes.
Add shrimp and salmon pieces. Boil for another 2 minutes.
Remove food from the pot and place in another bowl. Immediately serve. Dump all food items onto a newspaper or parchment paper spread and ENJOY!
PRETTY PLATE PRESENTATION INSTRUCTIONS:
To start, I did use actual newspapers I got in the mail. However, that is not sanitary. So, I layered parchment paper over them. You will still get that fun authentic newspaper look, yet still being sanitary.
Layer and spread out a bunch of newspapers around the table
Top with layers of parchment paper.
Dump bowl of boiled cajun food over newspaper spread and server with lemon, butter and hot sauce on the side.