Seafood Boils: Bringing Savannah Together for Years

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Nothing is more perfect for a meal with friends here in Savannah than a seafood boil. A mouthwatering, one-pot meal of shrimp, corn on the cob, new potatoes and smoked sausage has been bringing folks together for years.Those four ingredients are the basics, but sometimes live blue crab or stone crab claws or even crab leg clusters are added, as well as onion. Seasonings usually include seafood seasoning of your choice, beer and hot sauce.Don’t worry about failure. You just want to take care not to cook the ingredients to mush, which is why the potatoes, corn and sausage go into the pot before the shrimp. As with all dishes, the freshest ingredients will result in the best taste.A seafood boil is especially delicious served outdoors, making it the perfect dish for a casual get-together. Since it’s a bit messy, lots of folks like to spread newspaper on a table outside so cleanup is quick and simple.

Although there are many versions of this dish around, it has lots of other names and became far more well-known after is was featured on the cover of Gourmet Magazine in the 1980s.

A seafood boil is a perfect choice for a relaxed meal for a large crowd. The recipe below serves about six, but it’s easy to adjust. Just allow about 1/2 pound of shrimp and about 1/4 pound of sausage per person, and several potatoes and pieces of corn.

Make Your Own Savannah Seafood Boil:

Several bottles of beer and some water

1/2 cup of preferred seafood seasoning

Tabasco sauce to taste

15 new potatoes, unpeeled

4 ears of fresh corn, shucked, silk removed and broken into 2- or 3-inch pieces

1 (16-ounce) package smoked or Kielbasa sausage, cut into one-inch pieces, browned and then drained on paper towels

3 pounds of large fresh shrimp, in shells

Local blue crab or clusters

In a large pot, mix beer and water and season with your choice of seafood seasoning and Tabasco. Bring to a boil and add the potatoes. Cook for about 15 minutes. Add the corn and sausage. Cook for about 5 more minutes. Add the shrimp and cook just until they are pink, probably less than 5 minutes. Drain. Serve with lemon slices and cocktail sauce.

Now, you’re the envy of all of your friends.

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