Jenna Cohan, our May “meet a mom” shared with us one of her favorite recipes for a Low Country Boil. Please invite us over if you make this!!
Low. Country. Boil. I will happily organize a party at home for barely any reason at all. I personally find it exhilarating (and expensive) to wander into Whole Foods or a good specialty store without a plan. As summer inches ever towards us all, my mind is happily spinning with summer entertaining ideas. And by spinning I mean that I am actually overwhelming myself with the lists of tablescapes I want to design & recipes I want to try (and it’s not even June!)
Whenever you start to put together a party of any scale, always keep the most important things to YOU on the forefront during planning. My entertaining at home priorities look something like this: quality of the food, quality of the bar and level of amazingness of the table. It doesn’t need to be fancy and it doesn’t need to be large scale it just has to be good. Really good if you can.
I love when clients ask us to put together a southern themed party because the food is so delicious and simple. Southern food hits you on so many different levels. There is something so wonderfully inclusive about summer entertaining-and a low country boil is always a crowd pleaser. Corn on the cob, shrimp you pull at with your fingers. Sausage. Crusty bread. Small potatoes. Rose? Bourbon? Sweet tea? Please. Delicious.
Low Country Boil Decor Tips:
Since you really only need newspapers to cover your dining table, splurge on some incredible cut flowers. Your flower choice can play up a color scheme if that is what you are after or it can create the atmosphere itself. Laid back with plastic cups and cans of beer? Wildflowers. Casual but you are getting a pedicure for the occasion? Hydrangea, peony or ranunculus.
To give it your own personal imprint add your favorite summer elements too i.e. Peter Tosh or Bruce Springsteen playlist, candles in tasteful hurricane glass etc. My favorite additions to a low country boil would be some type of in season salad, corn chowder, watermelon and peach pie.
If you are inspired enough to give this a try you must check out the below recipe and cooking how to. Courtesy of Paula Deen.
Fill a large pot with enough water to cover all of the ingredients. Add the crab boil and bring to a boil. Adjust the crab boil to suit your taste. When the water boils, add the potatoes and sausage. Cook on medium heat for 20 minutes. Add corn and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Add shrimp and cook for no more than 3 minutes. Drain and serve with warm bread.