Host a Low Country Boil

Spring and Summer offer many occasions to celebrate. With Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduations, Showers, and Memorial Day we find ourselves gathering often at this time of year. Hosting any event no matter the size can get a little stressful. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, you might consider a laid back low country boil. With this casual theme, your food will be the star of the show. Preparation is as easy as throwing all of your ingredients into large pots, letting it boil while you complete your set up and get yourself ready. When the food is done simply dump your pots down the middle of your tables onto some laid out newspaper.

You can choose from the following protein options. Choose just one or all!

4 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined

3 (16 ounce) packages cooked kielbasa sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces

5 pounds whole crab, broken into pieces

4 8 ounce Lobster tails

Additions include:

1-2 tablespoon seafood seasoning, depending on how spicy you prefer

5 pounds baby red potatoes, whole

8 ears fresh corn, husks and silks removed

Heat a large pot of water over medium-high heat. If you are serving a very large crowd you can also use a turkey fryer pot outside. Add Old Bay Seasoning to taste, and bring to a boil. Add potatoes, and sausage, and cook for about 10 minutes. Add the corn, crab, and lobster tails; cook for another 5 minutes, then add the shrimp when everything else is almost done, and cook for another 3 or 4 minutes.

Place small bowls of butter for dipping and lemon wedges for squeezing around the table for guests. Grilled baguette slices are not only delicious but add a nice touch to your spread. Hydrangeas are the perfect coastal bloom to adorn your table and are an easy snag as most grocery stores like HEB carry them this time of year.

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