East Coast Meets Midwest (Recipe: Shrimp Boil)

If you have read Dine & Dish for any amount of time, it won’t be any secret to you that I feel like I’m not living in the right place. As lovely as Kansas is to raise a family, I have always had a very strong pull towards east coast living. The coast of the Carolina’s, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard…I have always felt like that is where I need to be.

Well, with four kids and a husband pretty much firmly planted in his “forever” job, my dream of moving East is most likely not going to happen. So, what does one do when they are faced to continue the rest of their life living in Kansas? They bring the East Coast to the Midwest!

This past weekend we hosted a shrimp boil, a classic coastal living party with our neighbors, right here in our Kansas backyard. Instead of the rush of waves, we heard the rush of traffic passing by. Instead of buying shrimp fresh off the boats, we got ours “fresh” from Costco. Our firepit was freestanding in our cul-de-sac versus dug into the sand. The squeal of kids took the place of squealing seagulls. The end result, however, was the same regardless of the location… we all had a fantastic time eating delicious shrimp and being together.

So yes, I would adore east coast living and hope that someday I’ll get to experience it first hand, but as I sit back and count my Kansas blessings, I would have to say the only way you are getting me there is if I can bring my friends and neighbors with me.

Old Bay Seasoning Shrimp Boil

Original Old Bay Seasoning Shrimp Boil

4 quarts water (16 cups)

1 can (12 ounces) beer (optional)

1/2 cup OLD BAY® Seasoning

2 tablespoons salt

8 medium red potatoes, quartered

2 large onions, cut into wedges

2 pounds lean smoked sausage, cut into 2-inch pieces

8 ears fresh corn, shucked and halved crosswise

4 pounds unpeeled jumbo shrimp (21 to 25 count)

Bring water, beer, OLD BAY Seasoning and salt to boil in 12-quart stockpot on high heat. Add potatoes and onions. Cook 8 minutes. Add smoked sausage. Cook 5 minutes. Add corn. Cook 7 minutes.

Stir in shrimp. Cook 4 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink.

Drain cooking liquid. Pour contents of pot into large serving bowl or platter. Or, mound on paper-covered table. Sprinkle with additional OLD BAY Seasoning, if desired.

For our pots, we used Turkey fryers filled with water and that worked out great!

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  1. Laurie says

    As a born and bred East Coaster who grew up spending summers at the beach with clambakes, I have to hand it to you for doing a truly authentic job! My family had a wonderful time, and we are so truly blessed to have you as neighbors and most importantly, friends! Looking forward to next year!!

  2. says

    I admittedly don’t love boiled corn or potatoes, especially all together, but can’t pass up these type of get togethers. I do like this alot better than a trash can party though, that’s just gross, LOL, even when the can is clean. I’ll eat a little, and thoroughly enjoy the company. It looks like it was so much fun!

  3. says

    Oh geez, when I read the title of this post, I thought to myself … I really need to get to the east coast (lobster bakes, shrimp boils, closer to Europe, the list goes on & on). I feel the same was as you; but, boy, do I wish I could say my partner was firmly planted in his job and the kids are in school. Instead, I dream about the day of leaving the city … waiting until the time is right. If I was in Kansas, I would be clicking my heels very often!

    Regardless of my woes, your shrimp boil looks amazing!

  4. says

    I would trade life on the east coast for four kids any day! In fact, four is always the number of kids that I thought I wanted. Life handed me only one, but she is such an amazing kid I try to be thankful for what I’ve got. Good for you for bringing your dream here. You know, I’m in KC too. We should get together one of these days!


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