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fourth of july boil

In dinner on July 5, 2013 at 10:42 pm

we wanted something really quick and easy for dinner on the fourth, but still festive and summery, so i approximated this recipe my mum used to make.**

everything goes in one pot. it takes a total of probably 30 minutes. and it comes out quite impressive.

start by boiling some small yellow or red potatoes and a chopped onion with a bay leaf, a tablespoon or so of pepper corns, salt, and half a lemon (i had squeezed the juice out for something else, so it was mostly rind) in between 6 and 8 cups of water in the biggest pot you have. most “boil” recipes called for seafood boil seasonings, but i didn’t have any. i actually liked the simplicity of my seasoning better.

boilonionsandpotatoes

boil until the potatoes are basically done, about 10 or so minutes, depending on small you cut them.

then while everything’s still boiling, quickly add the corn (i cut each cob into three smaller pieces), a pound or so of clams, some shrimp, and a handful of green beans. this happens so fast i didn’t get a picture of it!

keep boiling until the clams open up and the shrimp are all pink and done.

use tongs or a slotted spoon to transfer everything picturesquely to a platter or big bowl. sprinkle with parsley.

boilserved

nice, right??

and since there is only mild seasoning on everything, i served it with an old bay mayonaise that i made by mixing half a cup or so of mayo with a lot of old bay, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste, and a little ketchup.

i also served a tomato-mozzarella-yellow pepper-caper salad on the side.

** by “used to” i mean i remember it from when i lived there. but she also made it this year for the fourth, too!

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