Social Distancing Shrimp Boil Bake - West + Rose

Social Distancing Shrimp Boil Bake




I don't know about you, but social distancing has not stopped me from craving all my warm weather favorites that are normally shared with a large group of friends.  Margaritas by the pool, outdoor barbecues and l o w   c o u n t r y   b o i l s!  We usually have at least one or two Low Country Boils during the summer and I have been craving that Old Bay smell now that the weather is warming up.


I was not about to go through the trouble of an all out low country boil, so I decided to do a shrimp boil bake, perfect for about five-six people.  This includes some of the stars of the beloved boil such as spicy andouille sausage, tender shrimp, corn on the cob and potatoes that soak in all that gorgeous seasoning.  There is a little prep work that has to happen, but if you take a little time to do some prep work in advance, it makes the actually assembly and baking of the meal SUPER easy.


I N G R E D I E N T S

16 oz large gulf shrimp (I used frozen, thawed under cold water for 5 minutes) -peeled and deveined
14 oz Andouille Sausage (We love Thomas Ragin Cajun) - Sliced into rounds
1.5 lbs petite red potatoes - sliced in half
4 ears frozen sweet corn
2 Vidalia onions - Halved, then sliced into thirds
1/2 C unsalted butter, melted
1 Tbls, plus 2 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 large lemon, sliced


D I R E C T I O N S

-Be sure to peel and devein your shrimp before you plan to begin cooking.  If doing this just before cooking, be sure to put peeled and deveined shrimp on ice.
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
-Put a stock pot of water on to boil, add a tsp of Old Bay seasoning to the water
-Once water is boiling add potatoes and par boil them for about 8-9 minutes.  Remove potatoes with slotted spoon and let them drain in a colander while you add your ears of corn to the water to boil for about 6 minutes.
-While waiting for your potatoes and corn to par boil, go ahead and chop up sausage and onions.
-Melt your butter. Once melted, add rest of Old Bay Seasoning along with garlic powder and stir into melted butter. Set aside.
-Once corn has par boiled, drain in same colander as potatoes and pour the water out of pot.
-Once corn is cooled enough to handle, cut the ears in half so that you have 8 pieces.
-Throw the corn, potatoes, onions, sausage and shrimp into pot.  Next, pour spiced melted butter in and GENTLY toss with spoon.  Be very careful as you do not want to tear up the shrimp and sausage.
-Line a large sheet pan with aluminum foil
-Pour everything from the pot onto your foil-lined sheet pan.  Make sure to get every last bit of butter out of the pot.  With clean hands, mix everything around gently to ensure all is covered in the Old Bay buttery goodness.
-Try to have everything in one even layer, however a little overlap is ok.  I like to make sure nothing is on top of the shrimp and that everything is evenly dispersed across the pan.
-Bake in 400 degree oven for 13-14 minutes, making sure the shrimp is cooked through.
-Once out of the oven, garnish with lemon wedges so that each person gets a lemon to squeeze on their portion



I know this sounds like a lot of steps, but it actually is quite a simple recipe.  Prior planning is key with this meal.  There is some prep work, but the work is well worth it to have an impromptu shrimp boil with your family.  The taste made me forget all about the social distancing we've been enduring for the last ten weeks.

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