The most difficult part about making this dinner was waiting for the water to boil. This is a very simple meal to throw together even last minute. Cover the table with newspaper and set with paper plates and big napkins because this is a finger food bonanza. You will also need small bowls of melted butter to dip every single part of this meal. I am giving you an authentic Frogmore Stew adapted from my Hoppin’ John’s Lowcountry Cooking recipe book. You may add potatoes to this recipe to make it a heartier meal but the original recipe leaves them out. I prefer little new potatoes but left them out this time around because they went belly up while I was on vacation.
This was great for a Friday night supper as by the end of the week I do not feel like cooking. We like finger food on Fridays anyway. Each person had their own favorite part of the meal so I was elated that I finally pleased everyone! Fresh ingredients are prefered but most of these ingredients can be kept on hand in the freezer, so start freezing that corn on the cob for a winter-time shrimp boil. Be sure to defrost everything before cooking or you will mess up the cooking times, big time.
4 quarts water
2-4 T. Old Bay seasoning or any shrimp boil
3 T. Kosher salt
12 new potatoes, pierced
2 links chorizo or any other spicy sausage, sliced
6 ears of corn cut in thirds
1 pound raw peel on shrimp, I use Trader Joe’s shrimp with tails
2 sticks melted butter
Bring first three ingredients to a boil in a covered 8 quart pot. Add potatoes and chorizo, cook for 10 minutes. Add corn and cook for 6 minutes. Add shrimp and cook for 4 minutes. Cover pot each time you make an addition. Do not wait until pot returns to boil after each addition, stick to the times given. By the time you need to add the shrimp the pototoes should be done, if not wait until they are done before adding shrimp. Ladle stew into a large bowl and serve with melted butter, dinner rolls, and ice cold Belgian beer. Also have salt and pepper on the table for those who like it extra salty! Serves 4.
Note- Do not throw out the leftover broth. Freeze it for future soups. Delicious.
Here are some wonderful accompaniments to make this an even grander meal but then you will need a fork, bib, and elastic waistband pants.
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