This is one of those recipes I keep on file for when I have company.
Not only is it soooo good, but it is a fun meal to do and clean up is a breeze.
I have more time to visit because I spend less time in the kitchen cooking and cleaning.
Before you start to cook, you will need to prepare the table. I used to buy a roll of brown shipping paper and cover the table with it. If you use this method, tape the paper to the underneath part of the table. Lately though, I have been buying those
cheap inexpensive thin plastic tablecloths at the Dollar Store or Walmart because they come in different colors and look very festive. Also, they are plastic so the grease doesn’t soak through to my table.
Here is what you need:
1/2 lb smoked sausage or turkey kielbasa ( per person )
1/2 lb raw shrimp in the shell ( per person )
1 ear of corn – broken in half ( per person)
3 small red potatoes ( per person )
1-2 large onions – quartered
Tbsp minced garlic
Several bay leaves
2 tbsp vinegar
1/3 cup Old Bay seasoning
Boil water. We use a turkey fryer with the basket strainer (but you could just use a very large pot on the stove or grill).
Once the water is boiling, add the spices and seasonings along with the sausage, onion and potatoes.
Bring to a boil again and cook until the potatoes are soft.
Add the corn and cook for 5 minutes longer.
Finally, add the shrimp and simmer for 3-4 minutes more or until the shrimp turn pink.
Now comes the fun part!
Lift up the basket strainer, or drain into a large strainer if using a large pot, and dump it onto the table ( our neighbor made us this round frame to dump the food into to keep the potatoes and corn from rolling off of the table).
On the table in front of each person, they can put a dab of butter, cocktail sauce, and spicy mustard.
You can put some cornbread squares on the table too.
Now, just dig in! No plates! No silverware!
Make sure you have plenty of napkins or paper towels.
As good as the meal is, the best part comes with clean up. Just roll up the table cloth and throw it away. Walla, your done!
This is such a big hit with the guests and everyone wants the recipe so that they can do a boil for their family and friends.