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December 8, 2009

In the past four years, I have noticed that the South tends to get teased a little bit lot up here in Minnesota, so I’ve been tempted to do a series of posts to try and redeem all things Southern in the minds of my beloved Minnesotans.  I’m not saying that I haven’t joined in the playful banter concerning the great state of Texas and its neighbors to the right, but when it comes to certain things (i.e. Food) we’ve got the North beat.  Need further convincing…

Enter Boiling Pot…one of the many reasons Joe and I love the South and love Rockport, Texas!  Over Thanksgiving (and any time we visit) we must stop by the Boiling Pot at least once.  Joe’s family has been coming to this restaurant for years and folded me into the tradition when we began dating.

I recently bought the packages of spices that the Boiling Pot sells, so when the weather warms up, I plan on having our friends over to the backyard and cooking up some of the best Cajun food in the country…

The waitress comes to your table and lines it with sheets of white butcher paper and ties plastic bibs around your neck.  It gets pretty messy eating with your hands, but that is part of the whole experience…

Then, the waitress comes with giant silver bowls of steaming spicy food and pours it on the butcher paper right in front of you.  You know how men get “meat sweats” on Thanksgiving, etc., well, Joe and his brothers get the “boiling pot sweats” and here’s why…

Spicy shrimp, crawfish, blue crab, sausage, potatoes, corn…

If you want to try and cook some of this up yourselves, here is a recipe that I have used before…


6   ears of corn
6   4-inch smoked sausage link sausage
12   red new potatoes
3 lb fresh shrimp, unpeeled
2 teaspoons of Old Bay seasoning per quart of water ( I use the actual spices that Boiling Pot sells, but Old Bay will work fine)


Fill a large pot with enough water to cover all of the ingredients. Add the seasoning and bring to a boil. Adjust the seasoning to suit your taste. When the water boils, add the potatoes and sausage. Cook on medium heat for 20 minutes. Add corn and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Add shrimp and cook for no more than 3 minutes. Drain and serve with warm bread.

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  1. December 10, 2009 7:41 pm

    i just ate dinner and this made me hungry. thanks a lot!

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