Sunday, July 6, 2014

Frogmore Potato Salad

I mentioned last time that I was thinking of making a shrimp boil potato salad. I found the original recipe online, then found it a couple other places as "original." I'm only going to link to the original that was posted first by a known magazine. 

I modified the original recipe. It called for halved potatoes and jumbo shrimp. Since I was making it for a large group, I made some needed changes. And I changed the name. 

Frogmore Potato Salad

5lb red potatoes, cut into chunks
1lb petite yellow and white corn
1 pkg little smokies, cut in quarters
1.5lb salad shrimp
6T creole mustard
1c lemon juice
2/3c olive oil
3t old bay, plus more for water

Put potatoes in large pot of water with old bay to taste (approx 2T). Bring to a boil and simmer just til tender. 

Meanwhile, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, mustard and old bay in large bowl. Add drained potatoes and stir to cover all potatoes in dressing. 

Add frozen corn to hot potatoes and mix. Add sausages and shrimp and combine well. Sprinkle with Old Bay and serve warm or cold.

I served it cold and it was tasty enough. I didn't get the rave reviews I have gotten for other meals I've provided for my small group. I don't know if warm might have been better. I'm not sure if I will make it again. For the trouble and expense, I'll just make a shrimp boil for my girl and I, and find a different salad to share. 

Here is the link to the original recipe:

Friday, July 4, 2014

Low country boil

A friend posted pics on Facebook of a giant low country boil she did for friends in Reno. I had seen it mentioned recently, and thought I should make one. Her pics were the motivation I needed!

My girl and I had decided to spend the day at home for Independence Day. So this regional American dish was our dinner. 

I read a couple recipes, and this is what I ended up with, for two people:

8 small red potatoes
2 smoked sausages, cut into 1" pieces
2 ears corn, broken in half
3/4 lb 16/20 shrimp, raw and in the shell
Water and Old Bay seasoning

Fill a large pot with water and add Old Bay to taste. One recipe I read said 2t per quart of water. I just eyeballed it. Bring water to a boil. When boiling, add potatoes and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook 15 minutes. Add sausage and corn, and cook another 5 minutes. Add shrimp and remove from heat. Let sit until shrimp are done. Drain and eat!

We served it with butter and extra Old Bay. You could also serve with a crusty bread.

I was also looking for main dish salad recipes today for a potluck at church. I found a low country boil salad recipe that I think will do. I'll try to remember to post it later this weekend, once I make it.