Shrimp Boil!

Sometimes I feel like a broken record when I talk about my love for quick and easy weeknight dinners.  But I really love discovering those recipes which don’t necessarily taste like they were a simple dish to throw together.  This next recipe is just that!

The recipe is for a shrimp boil – which literally means throw all your ingredients into one pot of boiling water and cook!  Easy Easy!!

To start with I made spice blend by placing mustard seeds, coriander seeds, whole all-spice, dill, a whole clove, red pepper flakes and a bay leaf in a re-usable spice holder (I don’t know the technical term for this…but also you can put your spices in muslin if you don’t have one of these crazy re-usable things).

I then placed the spice ball into a pot of water with lemon, onion and garlic and brought it to boil.

Once the water was boiling I added sausage, potatoes and an artichoke.  I let it boil for 20 minutes.

I then added corn on the cob and let that boil another 3 minutes…

Then I added shrimp, stirred occasionally, until the shrimp was cooked through, around another 3 minutes.

I strained the water from the pot and served the shrimp boil on a large baking sheet sprinkled with Old Bay Seasoning.

How did it taste?  Wow this made a really nice different dinner.  And I can’t get over how easy it was and how little clean up there was afterwards – 1 pot and 1 baking sheet – we didn’t even use plates!  This dinner makes a great dinner to transition into summer with, though it would also make a great dinner right in the middle of summer. 

Shrimp Boil
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Ingredients
  1. 1 TB mustard seeds
  2. 1/2 TB coriander seeds
  3. 1/2 TB whole all-spice
  4. 1/2 TB dried dill
  5. 1 whole clove
  6. a pinch or two red pepper flakes, to taste
  7. 1 1/2 dried bay leaves, crumbled slightly
  8. 1 small yellow onion, halved
  9. 1 lemon, halved, plus wedges for serving
  10. 1/2 head of garlic, keep skin on and attached
  11. 1 1/2 TB kosher salt
  12. 8 oz red potatoes, halved
  13. 8 oz Andouille sausage, or other sausage of your choice, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  14. 1 artichoke
  15. 2 ears of corn, cut into 3 pieces each
  16. 1 1/4 lb large unpeeled shrimp
  17. Old Bay Seasoning, for serving
Instructions
  1. Place the mustard seeds, coriander seeds, all-spice, dill, clove, red pepper flakes and bay leaves in a re-usable mesh spice ball or muslin.
  2. In your largest pot place 8 cups of water, spice ball, onion, halved lemon, garlic and salt. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add potatoes, sausage and artichoke and boil for 20 minutes.
  4. Add corn and continue to boil for 3 minutes.
  5. Add shrimp, continue to boil and stirring occasionally until shrimp is cooked and turned pink, about another 3 minutes.
  6. Strain the water from the pot, discard the spices and serve the shrimp boil on a baking sheet sprinkled with Old Bay Seasoning and serve with lemon wedges.
Notes
  1. Serves 2-4 depending on appetites
Adapted from Real Simple
Adapted from Real Simple
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