Every once in awhile, you come across a recipe that makes you want to stand up and applaud after the meal is over. This is one of those recipes. I followed the recipe as written. Yes, it is potent. It does have a definite kick. If dinner guests shy away from spicy foods, skip the cayenne. All in all, it was fantastic! For the entire meal, it was both of us making the yummy sound. Definite keeper!!
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
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- 1 (12-ounce) bottle beer
- 1 (1.5-ounce) bag seafood boil seasoning
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 onions, quartered
- 2 garlic bulbs, halved
- 1 pound small red potatoes
- 4 ears fresh corn, husks removed and halved
- 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch diagonal slices
- 2 pounds large shrimp
- French baguette, lemon wedges, melted butter, and Old Bay seasoning
- 1. Bring 4 quarts water and first 7 ingredients to a boil in a 12-quart stockpot. Add potatoes; simmer 15 minutes. Add corn and sausage; simmer 8 minutes. Add shrimp, cover, and turn off heat. Let shrimp sit 10 to 15 minutes to absorb flavor.
- 2. Drain liquid, and spread shrimp boil out on a newspaper-covered table. Serve with baguette slices, lemon wedges, melted butter, and Old Bay seasoning.
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