Planning a family gathering, or a get-together with friends? A Shrimp Boil is always a hit and really quite easy to prepare. If you're looking to keep costs down, divvy up the ingredients and have your guests each bring one.
1 (3 oz) bag Shrimp or Crab Boil (found in the spice aisle or near the fresh seafood)
3 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
3 lbs small new red potatoes
5 ears of corn (cut into 3" pieces)
2 onions (quartered)
2 lbs smoked link sausage (cut into 1" pieces)
4 lbs large unpeeled shrimp
3 lemons (halved)
In a 12-quart stock pot bring 8 quarts of water to a boil. Add the Shrimp or Crab Boil and Old Bay Seasoning. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the potatoes and simmer for 10 minutes. Add corn and simmer uncovered for 5 minute. Add the onions, sausage and shrimp and simmer for 5 more minutes. The shrimp should be opaque.
Drain and transfer to a large platter or a table covered in newspaper or brown paper bags. Squeeze the juice of the lemons over the top and sprinkle with fresh parsley.
Serve with sliced fresh baguette, cocktail sauce, and spiced mayo.