Special of the Day~ Summertime Shrimp Boil Soirée!

Summertime Shrimp Boil

03 Aug Special of the Day~ Summertime Shrimp Boil Soirée!

Sydne George Special of the DayOnce in a blue moon, summer serendipity intercedes. In our case, the entire Fasbender cousin clan happened to be spending the same recent weekend we were at Swan Lake, so we cooked up a plan to gather for a family reunion dinner. It was, after all, high time to catch up with the ever-so-outgoing and always fun Fasbender kids, who had long ago settled in Spokane. We had all gotten so wrapped up in living our lives and raising our kids that we had neglected to get together in way too many long!

But, what in the world do you cook when one whole side of your family (including kids you have never met, ranging in ages from 11-17) is coming for dinner? A something-for-everyone dish that doesn’t require a great deal of maintenance, supper you can throw in a pot and let cook itself, while you pop open some wine for adult unwinding and reacquainting…a Summertime Shrimp Boil chock full of peel-and-eat shrimp, Andouille sausage, corn on the cob, and baby red potatoes served with Sriracha Mayonnaise and Garlic Herb Butter for dipping.

Start with quality ingredients, stir together a few dipping sauces and follow the plan for appropriate cooking times (your potatoes will take just a few minutes longer than your corn and shrimp hardly need a few minutes in simmering water to cook) to feed a crowd effortlessly. Provide more than one set of tongs at the table at serving time, so guests can self-select exactly what they want from the spread.

Peel-and-eat shrimp translates to less prep work for the cook and gives guests something to do at the dinner table, slowing everything down and allowing for additional time to linger and catch up.

Suffice it to say loads of shrimp, sausage and wine were savored, and laughter overflowed as the adults snuck in a quick yet hilarious round of a not-to-be-named game for horrible people during which memories were made and special connections were renewed.

Get the party started in style with this week’s Special of the Day~ Summertime Shrimp Boil Soirée. Enjoy!

Summertime Shrimp Boil

Summertime Shrimp Boil

Summertime Shrimp Boil

(serves 20)

Recipe by Sydne George

Sriracha Mayonnaise

2 cups real mayonnaise

1 tbsp. Sriracha sauce, or more, to taste

½ tsp. Kosher salt

Whisk together mayonnaise, Sriracha sauce and salt until well mixed.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve shrimp boil.

Garlic Herb Butter

2 cups butter, softened

2 cloves, garlic, minced

1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves, minced

Beat butter, garlic and thyme together until well mixed.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve shrimp boil.

6 cloves garlic, smashed

1 cup Old Bay seafood seasoning

5 red onions, quartered

8 lemons, cut into thick slices

10 sprigs fresh thyme, tied together in a tight bundle with kitchen twine

3 pounds baby red potatoes

8 andouille sausages, slice diagonally into bit-sized pieces

10 ears corn on the cob, each broken in half

6 pounds wild caught large raw EZ Peel shrimp, thawed and rinsed

½ cup butter

Fill a 20-quart stock pot ¾ full of water.

Add garlic, Old Bay and red onions. Stir to combine.

Cover and heat to a simmer.

Add lemon slices, thyme bundle and baby red potatoes and cook for 10 minutes.

Add corn on the cob and andouille sausage slices and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Add shrimp and cook, just until shrimp meat turns opaque, about 3 additional minutes.

Drain into colander in sink. Transfer everything in the colander to a large bowl and toss with ½ cup butter until melted and distributed.

Spread shrimp boil onto newsprint on dinner table and garnish with additional fresh thyme and fresh lemon wedges.

Provide multiple sets of tongs for serving.

Serve with Sriracha Mayonnaise, for dipping shrimp and sausage and Garlic Herb Butter for corn and potatoes.

Enjoy!

Sydne George is a food journalist specializing in recipe development, food writing and food photography. She can be reached at sydnegeorge@hotmail.com . Sydne’s recipes from “Special of the day” are archived at sydnegeorge.com.

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