Serve a Winning Gameday Meal this Saturday

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?


  1. Sarah Mc:Looks like a wonderful recipe to use when watching an away game! Thanks for sharing!
  2. Rusty:My favorite gameday recipe yields a tasty margarita that would go well with this classic Southern favorite! My margarita recipe is as follows:

    - 12 ounces of frozen limeade concentrate
    - (2) 12 ounce beers of your choice
    - 8 to 10 ounces of tequila

    Stir ingredients in a pitcher, and serve over ice. Serves 6.
  3. Heather:This sounds delicious! I can't wait to try this!
  4. AAmber Dee Ellis:Sounds like winner much like the Alabama Crimson Tide! Thanks for sharing!
  5. Aunt Mona:We also like dill pickles (whole) in our low country boils!
  6. Lindsay:This sounds great...and easier to prepare than I expected. Thanks for sharing!
  7. JW:Great article! I’ll be sure to try this at my next cookout. My favorite recipe is grilled wings with a cajun jalapeno vinaigrette marinade.
    1. ¼- ½ cup of olive oil into bowl
    2. Dice a fresh jalapeno and mix with ¼ cup of white vinegar
    3. Bring vinegar and cut jalapeno to a boil, then mix with olive oil
    4. Mix your favorite Cajun seasoning(s) into bowl
    5. Apply to wings before grilling, and every few mins while on the grill
    6. Add cajun seasoning(s) directly to wings on both sides while grilling
    7. Enjoy!
  8. Sharon:Here's my favorite game day or go to recipe for a baked cheese dip:

    1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
    1/2 (12-oz.) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained and chopped
    1/4 cup chopped green onions
    1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
    1 (8-oz.) block extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
    1 (8-oz.) block pepper Jack cheese, shredded
    Garnish: fresh cilantro leaves

    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in cheeses. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 2-qt. baking dish.
    2. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until dip is golden and bubbly. Garnish, if desired. Serve with French bread cubes or Frito's scoops.

    You may want to double this, some I've served it too tend to want to eat the whole thing!
  9. Mary Kennon Lewis:These look like some really great gameday recipes!! Thanks for your comments!