Saturday, June 13, 2015

Peel-n-Eat Beer Boiled Shrimp

My grandparents used to spend a month in the Florida Keys at a state park.  I always looked forward to heading down for the weekend to snorkel, catch hermit crabs and enjoy all that the Florida Keys offered, especially spending time with my grandparents.  As I look back, those two were quite the characters.  They had an amazing outlook on life.  Didn't seem afraid of anything. They even pulled a hitched travel trailer across that narrow 7 mile bridge like it was no sweat.  That was way before the new bridge was built.  The original is now a pier for fishermen and looks impossible to have two cars cross.  I know when we drove across, it was 7 miles of white knuckle, pray you don't get pushed off the side into the ocean kind of driving.  Real fun.  Ha! My grandparents even had their side mirrors swiped off by a too close truck.  But no biggie.  My grandpa said he was still breathing so all was good.  I didn't quite gain such an easy going spirit.  I need to channel that sometimes.  Anyhow, they always had a restaurant to that looked totally sketchy, but always, always had such amazing food!  One of those "dives" served up the best peel-n-eat shrimp with honey buns that were to die for.  You would have never guessed from the outside of this joint.  The old saying is true, never judge a book by it's cover!  So, I channeled that seafood lover in me, as well as google (tee hee hee), to find the best Peel-n-Eat Boiled Shrimp recipe that tastes just like what I used to eat in the Florida Keys!

Oh my gosh friends...these shrimp are so good!
What a great idea for a gathering.  Boil 'em up and dump those shrimp right smack in the middle of the table.  Add lots of lemons, napkins and bottles of beer and start peeling.  Have some French bread for dipping in the beer sauce too.  Totally a summer party that brings the Florida Keys to you!

Place a large piece of brown kraft paper onto your table,  Scoop out the shrimp and spread across the center of the table along with the lemons.  Just peel and eat!  Makes clean up a snap!

originally from Foddie Crush
2 lbs uncooked, shell on shrimp
4 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 shallot, chopped
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 12 ounce beer
juice of 1 fresh lemon
lemons, quartered
Rinse and drain shrimp well.  In a large skillet that has a lid, melt butter.  Add minced garlic and chopped shallot.  Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes.  Sprinkle in sea salt and pepper.  Add the beer and then the shrimp.  Place the lid on top and cook until shrimp are cooked through (they will look pink all over).  That will take about 5-8 minutes over medium heat.  Serve immediately with quartered lemons and French bread.

What a fun summer meal where it is o.k. to get messy!
I am so going to make this again because my family loved it!

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet,

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