Football season is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited! While I do enjoy a great game, my favorite part of football season is entertaining family and friends. I absolutely love a sunny Saturday that begins with brunch (Bloody Mary’s or Mimosa’s, yes please!) while watching ESPN’s College GameDay and ends with a fabulous dinner (and a victory, of course!).
As some of you know, I had a baby in January and have been focusing on eating healthier (that baby weight isn’t easy to lose!) and recipes that require minimal prep time. This Saturday, I’ll be serving our guests a delicious Shrimp Boil. It’s the perfect one pot meal that’s healthy but filling) and also super easy. If you can boil water, you can make a great Shrimp Boil! You can cook the Shrimp Boil on the stove in a large stockpot or outside with an outdoor cooker (I use a turkey frying kit that has the basket with it).
Below is my Shrimp Boil recipe that serves 6 people:
Shrimp Boil Seasoning (I use Zatarain’s Crawfish, Shrimp & Crab Boil in a bag)
12 red new potatoes
1 ½ lbs smoked sausage – cut into 4 inch pieces (I use Conecuh Cajun Smoked Sausage)
6 ears corn, cut in half
3 lbs fresh shrimp, unpeeled
2 onions, cut into wedges
3 lemons, cut into halves
2 tablespoons salt (optional)
Heat a large stockpot of water over an outdoor cooker, or medium-high heat indoors. Add salt, onions, lemon and shrimp boil seasoning (follow directions on package for amount to use), and bring to a boil. Add the potatoes and sausage and cook for 20 minutes. Add corn and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Finally, add shrimp and cook for 2 ½ to 3 minutes or until opaque in the center. Pull the shrimp, potato, corn, sausage, onion and lemon mixture and pour onto a surface covered with butcher paper or newspaper.
Don’t forget to include accompaniments such as cocktail sauce or remoulade sauce and plenty of wine and icy cold beer! I also like to serve my meal with a big green salad and warm crusty bread.
Next time you’re hosting a football party, give my Shrimp Boil recipe a try – it’s a guaranteed winner and will have all your guests cheering for more!
Let me know, what’s your favorite gameday recipe?