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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30 12 1:41 am    Post subject: Went to the Low Country Last Night Reply with quote

or, brought the Low Country to my house. Had some friends over last night and did an LCB (Low Country Boil). I didn't take any pics these are from my middle daughter, Slim. It was a blast and everyone was full as a tick. Used my 32 quart turkey fryer.


Put newspaper down and parchment paper over it. Feeding 15 folks. Hot sauce and cocktail sauce ready for action!


Four pounds of grab legs. There is also 5 pounds of shrimp under the legs.


Lemon, three vadalia onions cut up and two whole heads of garlic with the top sliced off, oh, and 10 serrano peppers all in the smaller bowl. And six pounds of red potatoes and a dozen ears of corn on the cob broken in two. And a case of Sam Adams Summer Ales in the cooler on the floor on ice!


Six pounds of mussels. There was other stuff, kielbasa sausage, andouille Cajun sausage, and baby carrots.


Four loaves of crusty garlic bread. And Mom made a huge bowl of fresh homemade lemonade


Dumping the goodness on the table.




Man, it was good everyone had a blast. Great Summer meal! There are hundreds of various recipes for an LCB go for it!

--jeepdad

LCB for 20 People

What You Need
A Turkey Fryer. I use a Bayou Classic 32 Quart (8 gallons) turkey fryer set-up.

Newspaper and Parchment paper to cover table. Using newspaper alone gets the ink from the paper runny and messy. Put the parchment on top the paper and there is no problem.

Melted butter (and garlic if wanted) for dipping the shrimp. And butter for the corn and bread.

Couple bottles of hot sauce on the table.

Fresh crusty garlic bread and butter.
Cocktail sauce, for serving

Tartar sauce (optional)

Ingredients

2 Cups Zatarain’s Crawfish, Shrimp and Crab Boil Seasoning
10 pounds red potatoes cut up
4 (16 ounce) packages cooked kielbasa sausage, cut into 1/2-1 inch pieces
2-3 pounds andouille Cajun Sausage, cut into 1/2 pieces
12 ears fresh corn, husks and silks and cut in two
4 pounds crab legs, broken into pieces
5 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
5 lbs of Mussels
3 Lemons, squeezed and halved
2 whole garlic, sliced horizontally
10 Serrano Peppers
3 Vidalia Onions, quartered
3 pounds small baby carrots (people LOVE munching on these carrots)

Directions
Start with a pot filled 1/2 with fresh cold water.

In the pot add crab boil mix to the water. I use Zatarains.

Squeeze juice from 2-3 of the lemon into the water, and drop in the rinds. Add the garlic cloves, peppers, onions, and hot sauce into the water. Bring to a boil. Optional: You may also add red and green bell pepper slices, mushrooms, scallions, cayenne powder, and 1-2 beers.

Then add sausage, carrots, and potatoes. Bring to a second boil, and continue cooking for 5 to 10 minutes, or until potatoes start to get soft.

Add the corn and start a count of 5 minutes. Do not wait until water boils.

At 5 minutes, add mussels and crabs.

3 minutes later, add shrimp. Boil for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
Drain immediately.

LCB Notes

1. When adding the shrimp – don’t add frozen shrimp to the boil. If you use frozen shrimp you have to first thaw them. If you throw them in frozen, the heat differential will cause proteins on the shrimp flesh surface to bond with the shell–makes it hard to remove those shells.

2. Also, to make the shrimp easier to peel after cooking, add a tablespoon or so of white vinegar to the boiling water.

3. One of the biggest issues that I have found with other people’s LCBs is that they go too light on the seasoning. Many recipes simply call for “Old Bay to taste”, and a lot of folks wind up under seasoning the food. Or if you are working off of the directions off of a boil-bag box, you only use one for a boil for 10+ people, and you can barely taste the difference. The secret is to to be aggressive with the seasoning.

4. Turn off the pot when you add the shrimp/crawfish at the end & the residual heat will cook it.

5. You can also do an LCB indoors on the stovetop. If just for your family use a pot and reduce the amount above.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30 12 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks aweful Good Dan !!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30 12 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great! I love me some LCB! If you're ever in Savannah go to the Crab Shack on Tybee Island. Theirs is good but probably not near as good as yours was.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30 12 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That pile of goodness is enough to feed a small army! Looks extremely tasty.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30 12 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not that looks stinkin awesome!! A table of good eats right there!! I love me some boil!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30 12 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man oh man brother, that looks awesome. I haven't done a boil in a couple years now, looks like I'll need to take care of that soon. You keep posting cooks like that and well put together an "invasion of Dans!!" Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30 12 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan, very nice job on the LCB everything looks delicious my Friend. Very Happy
Check your borders and reinforce the perimeters. If Troy and the crew make it up your way I am not sure your back yard can take it. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30 12 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
Dan, very nice job on the LCB everything looks delicious my Friend. Very Happy
Check your borders and reinforce the perimeters. If Troy and the crew make it up your way I am not sure your back yard can take it. Laughing

Yessir, bonafide regulation LCB. Looks delicious. Very Happy Yup, those backyard affairs can play hell on turf and fences... Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30 12 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks ernie! Hope all is well my friend.

Thanks Manana, will do. Love me some LCB!

Toga, Man the flavor is so good! And it is good leftover, if there are any leftovers!

Sgt. Stel Me too! S/f

C'mon up Troy we will do it right! Bring that jarheaded buddy of yours too! Very Happy Very Happy

Haaa kevin you are right my friend. Will put Toot on the watch packing her pink handled revolver! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02 12 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That spread looks awesome, jeepdad! One of my absolute favorite spring/early summer cooks is a LCB, including Frogmore Stew. FWIW, you need to try Ron's Critter Dust with your next boil - really good stuff IMHO. Thanks for the share - made me HUNGRY Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02 12 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Dan...it is a fun way to feed a crowd....I did one just a month and a half ago....always a big hit. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12 12 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks killer brother
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