Being the proud Norfolk, Virginia native I am, I was lucky enough to have access to plenty of fresh seafood growing up. Fish, mussels, clams - you name it. We ate seafood multiple times a week, year round. But my favorite time of year for seafood has always been the summer. There is something special about sitting down at the table, getting your hands dirty and digging into a low country boil. Eating off a newspaper-lined table, sipping a light beer in the sun, and talking over Old Bay-seasoned seafood is a summer tradition that’s pretty hard to beat.
While a low country boil (also referred to as Frogmore Stew, Beaufort Stew, Beaufort Boil, or Tidewater Boil depending on where you live and who you ask) isn’t traditionally made in the slow cooker, the Test Kitchen figured you might want to ease the summer heat, and let the slow cooker do the work for you.
We combined smoked sausage, red potatoes, corn on the cob, onion, lemon juice, seafood seasoning, black pepper and beer in the slow cooker crock. Cook on HIGH for 2 to 2 ½ or LOW for 4 ½ to 5 hours. Make sure the potatoes and tender and then add your shrimp (tails on, of course). Add a little extra seasoning and lemon juice and cook for 20-30 minutes until the shrimp are cooked.
Baguettes, cocktail sauce, summer beers, and warm breezes pair best with this summer slow cooker meal. Pour your low country boil onto parchment paper, newspaper or the nearest picnic table, grab an extra roll of paper towels, and dig in.
The hinged lid stays up, allowing you to easily serve meals directly from the Hamilton Beach Programmable Stay or Go® 6 Quart Slow Cooker.