From The Book – Eddi’s Steampot

Jun 14, 2009 by

Readers of this blog will know of the passing of The Little Black Dress’s mom, Eddi, or “Mimi” to The Sons of Thunder.  In honor, here’s “Mom No.2’s” favorite dish from our original cookbook:

There’s nothing in the world like an old-fashioned, Southern steamer pot. We threw this for some friends in Alaska and they thought they’d died and gone to heaven. Corby’s mom, Eddie, came to visit once and we made this for her. The kicker was John thought he bought way to much food, figuring we would have some the next day. But no, the three of us sat there and ate the entire thing. This is the perfect big party food. You can even have everyone bring something and just throw it all in the pot. You will love this and will eat like there’s no tomorrow, just ask Eddi. 

2 pounds of uncooked shrimp (peeled or unpeeled)

1 pound of polish kielbasa

4 ears of corn

5-6 red or new potatoes

1 big steamer pot

Crab boil or Old Bay seasoning

Put a lot of water in a large, large pot and let it get going on the stove on high heat. Add a couple of boxes of crab boil or a lot of Old Bay or some other type fish seasoning. John actually uses this huge pot with a stand that he hooks up to a propane tank. (He gets serious about this dish). After coming to a boil, turn the temperature down until it’s still steaming but not boiling.

Cut up the sausage into half-inch chunks and throw them in the pot. Take the corn, break each ear in half and toss them in as well. Take the potatoes (peel part of the skin, but leave some) and cut up in halves, quarters or whatever. Throw them in.

After about 20 minutes, test the doneness by inserting a fork in the corn and potatoes. The fork should g through the potato easily. When that happens, throw in the shrimp, cover it back up and steam another 5-7 minutes. The shrimp should be pink. You can also add crab legs or crawfish to this dish.  Just throw them in the same time you throw in the shrimp.

The best way to go from here is to strain out the water and find a huge bowl. Or, get a bunch of newspapers spread out and just pour the food right on there and let everyone pick and choose what they want.

Remember, the more people you have, the more food you can add. You are limited only to the size of the pot.

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  1. Jan Marie Ferrell

    You introduced us in Alaska, and southern boils remains our favorite backyard party food. Only now we eat in the sun, by an inground pool, without swarming, biting bugs. Even better in Washington! Yum!