Tuesday, May 5, 2015
One of our favorite meals here at the Wand house is Frogmore Stew. It is also referred to as Lowcountry Boil or Beaufort Stew. It originated in a small little town named Frogmore (Beaufort County) on St. Helena Island off the South Carolina coast. There are no frogs in this dish (although I have teased that there were at one time or another to each one of my kiddos!). It is easy to make and fun to eat. Most South Carolinians eat this "stew" (which really isn't) dumped out onto a newspaper-covered picnic table. My first experience was at a party where two huge coolers filled with this stuff were carried out by the hosts, and the guests scooped out their servings with a huge ladle. As a Polish girl who grew up on kielbasa, this is a great way to serve it another way. When I find shrimp on sale, this recipe is a great way to "multiply" its impact. I'd LOVE to add more shrimp to this version - but it is a wee bit expensive for us. If you aren't serving as many people or have a shrimper in the family, make the shrimp the star and add more! Some folks also add crab or crawfish to the party as well. I make this with a cornbread cake and serve it with sweetened iced tea.The ingredients I use to serve our family of seven twice are relatively simple:
A five pound bag of red potatoes
3 standard packages of kielbasa
7-8 ears of corn
2 (12 oz.) bags of large raw, frozen or fresh shrimp (peeled or unpeeled)
3 tablespoons of Old Bay seasoning
You may also want to have:
cocktail sauce and lemons for the shrimp
butter and salt for the corn and potatoes
mustard for the kielbasa
cornbread muffins or johnny cake (see recipe at the end of this rice dish post)
*I often purchase a couple of extra turkey roasting pans I can wash and reuse for meals like this. I also love to use this type of container for serving a large salad to my family. It is so much easier to toss and mix items in a large container with more surface area! Also, if you don't have a huge stew pot in which to boil everything together in this dish, you can easily boil the items in separate, smaller pots, and them add them together at the end.
as soon as the corn is ready.
It is best to show pictures of this meal at the beginning rather than the end of the meal. Corn cobs, shrimp shells, and messy fingers aren't too pretty!
The wise woman builds her house,
But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.