Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hey Sweet Pea, It's Low Country Night

Inspired by a delicious, seasonally offered dish at our favorite restaurant in Nags Head, (The Red Drum), my choice for a theme night was Low Country food.  Low country is the bayous and coastal regions of North/South Carolina and below, like the loving cookin' of Paula Deen.

My first quest was for Andouille sausage which I purchased in the supermarket in Nags Head last visit there.  Next I needed to find a large pot to steam everything in.  After getting sticker shock at the restaurant supply and wishing I had brought ours home from NC last time, I borrowed Judy Bodine's 16 quart  pasta/gravy pot.  I rigged up a steamer basket and some wire catering supports.

The vessel

Ingredients for the Low Country Boil are small red potatoes, fresh corn halved or thirded (?), sliced-on-an-angle Andouille sausage, shrimp, and clams.

  After the seasoned water boils, each ingredient is layered in the pot for a precise amount of time before the next ingredients are added, which integrates the flavors as it cooks.  Yum.  "After the water boils" is the operative phrase here and the boiling took way longer than I thought, and I have to admit caused some snarkiness on my part, watching a big pot come to a boil. 

The kids watching me watching the big pot.

 Thank goodness, for Aunt Tracy's calmness and humor.  It was finally done, almost 1 1/2 hours start to finish, twice as long as I had anticipated, but

Ta Da

Awesome additions were cheese grits, corn puddin', macaroni and cheese, pulled barbecue chicken, and biscuits and sausage gravy. 

The cheesiest grits

Corn Puddin'
Pulled chicken with homemade bbq sauce
Aunt Marie's Macaroni and Cheese
Biscuits and sausage gravy

 Sweet tea vodka and lemonade, garnished with mint and several delicious desserts completed the theme.
The libation

Homemade peach cobbler served with ice cream

Key Lime Dessert

We are GRiTS (Girls Raised in the South) by association.  I am Val-Ray, and there's Breenus, Tater, Aunt Tray-tray and Boopers.

Best line by Nanny, "It's a great night for skinny dipping."

Next theme night is Becky's and we're going out to dinner to a Brazilian Steak House for Rodizio.  

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