While my parents were here last week, we all went to dinner at a fabulous place on Shem Creek called Red's Icehouse. If you're ever in Charleston be sure and go eat there!!
Anyway, I had the most scrumptious meal. I decided that since I love everything southern, I'd try a local dish called the Lowcountry Boil. Oh. My. Gosh. It was heavenly. The story behind it is that it was created by a National Guardsman who had to feed 100 soldiers. He learned the recipe from his momma, and knew it fed alot of hungry bellies. Maybe that's another reason I love it so much...military AND local history! As soon as we got home I Googled the recipe, and just had to share it with ya'll!
4 pounds small red potatoes
5 quarts water
1 (3oz) bag of crab boil seasoning
4 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
2 pounds kielbasa or hot smoked link sausage, cut into 1 and 1/2 inch peices
6 ears of corn, halved
4 pounds large fresh shrimp (peeled & deveined optional)
Add potatoes to a large pot, thend add 5 quarts water and the seasonings.
Cover pot and heat to a rolling boil; cook 5 minutes. Add sausage and corn, and return to a boil. Cook 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Add shrimp to pot; cook 3-4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Drain.
*Serve with a side of hushpuppies and some cocktail sauce for dipping, and you have a good 'ol South Carolina meal!*