During New Year's our Southern friends introduced us to "The Shrimp Mess", a name they didn't feel was very elegant, but in making this preparation of a Low Country Boil over time with family, the moniker stuck. Whatever you choose to call it, I think you'll agree you can simply call it delicious. Although we reined in this particular Mess, when the warmer months roll around, harness an outdoor picnic table, flood it with newspaper and pour out the whole lot and enjoy!
The Shrimp Mess Ingredients 30 pieces cooked corn Smoky and spicy kielbasa 3 lbs. large peeled shrimp with tails on Tons of Old Bay seasoning 5-6 quarts of water A squeeze of two lemons with the rinds thrown in Onions Rendered bacon fat
Method Bring water to a boil Add kielbasa and the rest of the ingredients (except for corn and shrimp) for a second boil Then toss in the corn Throw in the shrimp at the end for 2 minutes
Our lovely shrimp before being tossed into the Mess!
After weathering a soul-shredding career as a theatrical agent that lasted entirely too long, Mr. Sherwood left his stable of actors from the stage and screen and went on to pursue his literary aspirations. He is currently the dining editor for Next magazine (nextmagazine.com) where he writes a weekly restaurant review column which also features Manhattan's best food and drink recipes from the finest chef's and bartenders on the island. In 2010 he was published in Foodista’s Best of Food Blogs Cookbook. He toiled as web editor for industry leader Interior Design magazine for several years and has also written for New York magazine, Travel & Leisure and Woman’s Day.
A proud graduate of the University of New Hampshire, one of the nation’s top drinking schools, Mr. Sherwood also studied voice and theater abroad at Regent’s College, in London’s historic Regent’s Park, and at the Royal Academy of Music. He spent a year at Hunter College in Manhattan.
Mr. Sherwood recently published his first novel, the pale of memory, available on Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and iUniverse.com. He is in the midst of writing a second.
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