Living in the mountains of North Carolina it's always a treat when we get to go to the beach. In our case it's usually the low country of South Carolina's beaches that grab our attention. This year has been so busy that we've not gotten to take a trip to the low country. I'm very upset about this. The main reason I'm upset isn't because I don't get to see the beautiful sunset that comes over the water. Believe it or not I'm uspet because we don't get our annual Low Country Boil.
If you've never had low country boil you are going to be in for a real treat. It's so simply prepared and served that it definitely will be an unforgettable experience.
In my true style I had to figure out a way to make it in the crock pot. OH EMMM GEEE! It is so good that I'm making up holidays and celebration just so I can make it again and again (YES, it's that good!).
- 14 cups of water
- 1/4 - 1/3 cup of spicy boil seafood seasoning ( I used Zatarain's, but Old Bay would be good too)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 head of garlic, halved
- 1 large yellow onion, largely diced
- 4 stalks of celery, cut into large 1" chunks
- 2 1/2 - 3 pounds of small redskinned potatoes, washed and skin left on
- 3 ears of corn, shucked and cut into quarters
- 2 pounds of sausage ( I used smoked, but andouille or kielbasa would work too), cut into 3" pieces
- 2 pounds of 31-35 count shrimp (sometimes referred to as medium shrimp) deviened with shell on
- 3 pounds of lemons, halved (optional)
- Add water, seasoning, bay leaf, garlic, onion, celery and potatoes to 6 quart or larger Crock-Pot® .
- Cook for 4 - 6 hours on low, until fork pierces potatoes easily.
- Add corn and sausage.
- Cook on low for additional 1 - 2 hours.
- Add shrimp.
- Cook on low for additional 20 - 35 minutes. You want the shrimp to be pink, but not overcooked.
- Scoop out with slotted spoon and serve immediately with halved lemons for squeezing over meal. The easiest way to serve is to spread several layers of newspaper onto you table and evenly spread out the contents from the crock pot so that everyone can help themselves.
Ummmm.... Labor Day is the next time my family will be seeing this meal (If I can wait that long). It's seriously addictive.