Now that summer is in full swing, I am finding myself looking for fun excuses to host warm weather get-togethers with family and friends. And, because summer and seafood go hand-in-hand, I think I’m going to throw my annual beach party, especially since traveling to an exotic destination isn’t in my budget this year. I thought I would share how l like to bring the beach right to my own backyard.
Keep in mind that the best thing about coastal dinners is they aren’t fancy—so remember to keep it simple. It’ll help keep you calm and keep your budget in check!
By using SeaPak Shrimp and Seafood frozen products, a seafood platter is a cinch to prepare. Bake some favorites like Butterfly Shrimp, Coconut Shrimp, Popcorn Shrimp and Tilapia Tenders. Arrange them on a big platter with a variety of dipping sauces and some sliced lemon.
To complete the meal, serve cole slaw, potato salad, fresh fruit and garlic bread. Your menu will be delicious and ready in no-time. To make clean-up a breeze, use eco-friendly paper plates, napkins and cups since it is a casual affair. SeaPak is known for its award-winning great taste and signature recipes inspired by the coast, so no one will know you didn’t bring in a chef from the beach! And, pick up some sand and buckets from your local hardware store, throw out a piece of burlap for a table cover and your decorating is done! You can even line your walkway with tiki torches filled with citronella. They serve two purposes: adding light when the sun goes down and keeping bugs away.
If you’re looking for another menu option that is easy but a bit more impressive, try this short-cut method for making the classic low country boil dish for your next summer get-together.
And, if you want to see a video of me making these simple recipes, check out our Facebook page!
Low Country Boil
Prep Time: 3 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Makes: 6 servings
1 (12 oz) package SeaPak® Shrimp Scampi, frozen
2 lbs small red potatoes, quartered
16 oz good quality spicy smoked sausage like andouille or kielbasa, cut into 16 pieces
2 Tablespoons crab boil (like Old Bay)
1 package of frozen 6 mini nibble corn cobs (or 3 ears of yellow corn, husked and cut in half)
PLACE quartered potatoes and sausage pieces in large pot with enough room temperature water to cover all the ingredients (about 10 cups). Add crab boil.
PLACE pot with potatoes & sausage on high heat and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes.
ADD corn. Continue simmering for 10 minutes
ADD frozen shrimp scampi. Continue simmering for 3 minutes or until shrimp are fully cooked.
DRAIN and pour into serving dish or on a table spread with newspaper. Serve hot.
POSTED BY Jenna Reed AT 9:50 am Friday June 11th 2010 0 COMMENTS