If you want the best, ya gotta go with the best. Start with a good base line, then doctor the recipe the way you like it. I believe once a wheel is invented, roll it. You may want to adjust some spokes or change some, but the wheel is already invented, so go with the winner and roll with it! Here's da creole, cajun cook man..he has been doing this a long time, and doesn't mind sharing what comes out the best. This recipe is his, and here is his site to check out da rest.. and to buy his seasonings that you need http://www.frankdavis.com. I reduced his original recipe for 20 pounds of shrimp down to 5 pounds. This came out perfect for everyone! The only other thing I can say is to get out your CD of Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys - Bon Reve - crank it up and "Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez" (Let the Good Times Roll) Appreciez mon ami!
- 3 gallons water
- 5 ounces salt (to taste)
- 2 ounces cayenne pepper
- 2 onions, medium yellow cut in half
- 1 head garlic, cut in half, across
- 3 lemons, thinly sliced
- 1 cup seasoning, Frank Davis Complete Seafood Boil
- 20 potatoes, red, small, whole
- 5 ears corn, not frozen, halved
- 5 lbs shrimp, 26-30 count, washed, heads on
- 10 lbs ice
- Combine and prepare ingredients.
- Set up a high pressure burner, propane tank, and a 40 quart/10 gallon pot.
- (I have an old Miller Lite Keg,16 gallons, with the top cut out, and an old Ford hub cap to cover the hole, that I use.).
- Add the water to the pot and bring it to a roiling boil.
- When the water is ready, drop in the salt, cayenne pepper, onions, garlic, lemons, Frank's seafood boil.
- Boil together all the seasonings ingredients for about 15 minutes to create a rich seafood-boiling stock.
- Put the potatoes in the pot, let the water come back to a boil, and boil the potatoes for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, put the corn into the pot, let the water come back to a boil, and boil them for 5 minutes.
- This technique is known as "back-timing" and is used to make sure every ingredient in the pot comes out perfectly "at the same time".
- Now it's time to add the shrimp. put them ALL into the pot, stir them around briskly (I have a small boat paddle -perfect for this and you don't burn you self) let the water come back to a boil, and boil them for exactly two minutes. When that happens: Immediately turn off the fire, remove the pot from the hot burner grate, and drop into the pot - evenly over the shrimp (which at this point will all be floating) the bag of ice. You will notice at this point that all the shrimp will immediately sink to the bottom of the pot! This is when they start picking up the seasoning (that doesn't happen while they are boiling).
- Now let the shrimp "soak" in the spicy water for at least 12 minutes. After that time, you can begin sampling them, like every 5 minutes or so afterwards, until they "spitefully" and perfectly suit "your" taste.
- All that's left to do is to spread newspaper out on the table, remove all the shrimp from the pot, drain them thoroughly, then place them on the newspaper right down the center of the table, along with the cocktail and remoulade sauces.(see my red sauce for boiled shrimp- knock your sox off - but you can still eat the shrimp).
- Mangia! Welcome to summertime in the backyard!
- This recipe can be doubled while still maintaining both the flavor and seasoning intensity. You can use a natural gas hookup to boil seafood in your back yard, but propane creates a hotter flame and brings the water to a boil much faster.
- Whenever you buy a new propane tank assembly specific for boiling, make sure you get one with a "high pressure regulator." the low pressure kind won't give you the intensity of heat you need to boil volumes of water.