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Shrimp Boil

We've enjoyed this recipe with family and friends many times.  The dish can be messy to eat but is very tasty.

2 lemons, halved, plus wedges for serviing
1/2 cup Old Bay Seasoning
8 cloves garlic, smashed
1 large red onion, quartered
6 sprigs thyme (or 1/4 tsp dried thyme)
1 pound baby red potatoes
4 ears corn, husked and snapped in half
1 1/4 pounds large shrimp, unpeeled and un cooked
2 TBL unslated butter
Hot suace, for serving (optional)

1.  Fill a large pot with 4 quarts of water.  Squeeze the lemon juice into the water and add the squeezed lemon halves.  Add the Old Bay, garlic, and onion.  Tie the thyme sprigs together with kitchen twine and add to the pot.  Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook about 5 minutes.

2.  Add the potatoes to the pot and cook until just tender, about 10 minutes.  Add the corn and cook 5 more minutes.

3.  Menawhile, slice along the back of each shrimp through the shells; remove the veins and rinse the shrimp.  Add to the pot, cover and cook until the shrimp curl and are just opaque, about 2 to 3 minutes.

4.  Transfer the shrimp and vegetables with a slotted spoon or skimmer to a large bowl.  Add the butter and about 1 cup broth to the bowl and toss until the butter is melted.  Transfer the shrimp and vegetables to a platter.  Serve with the remaining broth, lemon wedges and hot sauce, if desired.

Serves: 4

TIP:  No need to peel your shrimp - the shells are useful:  They help flavor the broth, and they protect the inside of the shrimp from the heat, so you're much less likely to overcook them.

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