Who doesn't love a low country boil? Shrimp, crabs or crab legs, crawfish, or even lobster. These crustaceans are always the star of the show, but there are so many other players in this band.
The most common are the big three - corn, potatoes, and sausage. And they are always there for a reason - they're DELICIOUS! And they complement the proteins fantastically. But why stop there? Here are some more options you might think about including to give your shrimp boil or crawfish boil that extra edge.
Veggies - there are so many you can add here - green beans, brussels sprouts, asparagus, cauliflower or broccoli florets, even artichokes.
Mushrooms - sure, I guess they're technically a veggie, but we list them separately because they really stand out. Throw them in at the beginning and let them boil in the pot for the whole cook - they turn into an unbelievable flavor bomb!
Garlic Cloves - this makes for a real treat. Get a couple of whole garlic cloves, saw them in half, and let them boil along with your mushrooms and seafood. Once you try it, you'll never boil without them again.
Pineapple - yeah, it sounds weird. And it is a little. But it's also awesome. Throw it in for the last 10 minutes or so of your boil. When it comes out it's sweet and spicy and somehow hot and cold at the same time.
Hot Dogs - duh. Why not?
Canned Boiled Peanuts - if you're a boiled peanut fan, this one is great. Get a can or two of boiled peanuts, peel the label off, and use a church key to punch a couple holes in the top and the bottom, then just throw it in your boil pot. Viola - cajun boiled peanuts.
Our standard mix for seafood boils these days is corn, potatoes, sausage, brussels sprouts, pineapple, and mushrooms. You don't have to throw everything in every single time, but get experimental. Have a little fun with it.
Do you have a favorite add in that we missed? Let us know in the comments below.