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Lazy Man's Shrimp Boil

The original recipe is here. It's a version of a New England clambake that's popular from Tidewater Virginia down through the Carolinas. Like the New England variant, it's very messy, with unshelled shrimp, whole potatoes and corn still on the cob, but we wanted to eat upstairs watching the next few episodes of "Slings & Arrows" so a few changes were made.

Lazy Man's Shrimp Boil 

EDIT: more specific about substitutes for leeks

3 lbs. small red potatoes, halved or quartered depending on size
3 large leeks, cleaned and sliced (or Vidalia onions, or scallions)
2 lbs. kielbasa, hot and/or mild, sliced (or other smoked sausages)
1 lb. cooked salad shrimp
4 to 6 ears of fresh corn (or good canned corn)
2 Tablespoons "Old Bay" seasoning mix (required, no substitutions yet known)
1-1/2 c. ( = 12 oz.) Prosecco (or dry white wine or beer)

In a 6-quart pot, boil 3 quarts water. Add potatoes (and onions, if using onions) and cook for 10 minutes uncovered. Add leeks (or scallions) and kielbasa and cook uncovered for another 10 minutes. Meanwhile, clean the corn and slice the kernels off the cobs with a sharp knife or corn stripper. Remove pot from stove and drain out all the water. Put potatoes, leeks/onions, kielbasa back into the pot and put back on the stove. Stir in the corn and shrimp, the seasoning mix, and the wine or beer, till well mixed. Cover and bring to a boil for no more than 1-2 minutes. Remove cover and serve. If you were doing it for a sit-down dinner, a plate of sliced tomatoes dabbed with mayonnaise and some good white bread and butter would be ideal accompaniments. Serves 6-8.

This is something I hadn't tried before, but there was this trial packet of "Old Bay" seasoning in the mail...

The real stretch, though, will be doing something with the 4 bags of quick-sale mangoes. 



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Jun. 8th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
Um, yum.
Jun. 9th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
it was! :-)
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Jun. 9th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
It turns out most of the mango was very bad so there's less stretching required than I thought. One batch of mango bread should do it. I also now know I hate slicing mangoes. The flesh gets too dense near the seed, the seed is too attached, so it's like they're lying coyly to me. "Sure, slice a little more... a little more.. whoops, was that seed? awwww, sorry, guess you don't get another slice there. Too bad! *snicker*"

Sofa + carpet = no cobbed corn on the plates while watching TV :-)
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