Low Country Seafood Boil

Easy and Impressive

This is my favorite meal to make when I have company for dinner.

In a large pot of boiling water add Old Bay Seasoning (as much or as little as you like).

If you use less water you will “steam” it and if you use more water you will “boil” it.

Add chopped smoked sausage, potatoes cut into chunks and corn on the cob. When you are ready to eat add shrimp and crab legs (optional) for about 3-4 minutes. Drain and pour directly on to the table that has been covered with newspaper. Offer cocktail sauce and melted butter (if you use crab legs). This dish is a tradition in Charleston, South Carolina.

Greek Chicken

Take 4 bone-in chicken breasts & place 2 garlic cloves under the skin. Rub the breasts with olive oil & season with salt & pepper & oregano.

Place 4 lemons sliced in a lightly greased 13 x 9 baking dish & arrange the chicken breasts over the lemon. Sprinkle about 20 pitted greek or black olives around.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with Feta cheese & serve.

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Boil 4 large baking potatoes that have been peeled & cut into 1 inch cubes about 15 minutes. Drain & place in a large bowl.

Pour 2 tbsp of melted butter into your baking dish & sprinkle with 2 tbsp of grated Parmesan cheese.

In the bowl with the potatoes add and mix 1/2 cup of sour cream, 4 oz of softened cream cheese, 2 tbsp of softened butter & 1/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.

Beat the potatoes until they are smooth. Season with salt & pepper.

Transfer to the prepared dish & dot with butter & Parmesan cheese. Cover & refrigerate for up to 3 days. When ready to bake just bring to room temperature for about 30 minutes & bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Easy Pumpkin Pie

Beat 2 eggs in a large bowl.

Stir in 1 30-oz can of pumpkin pie mix & 1 5-oz can of evaporated milk.

Pour the mixture into 1 9-inch deep-dish piecrust.

Cut 2-inch strips of foil & cover the crust edges to prevent excessive browning.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce the temp to 325 degrees & bake an additional 40 minutes. Cool.


Ham with Brown Sugar & Mustard Glaze

Place a spiral cut ham in a roasting pan & pour 1 cup of apple juice over it. Cover it completely with foil. Be sure to seal the edges.

Bake at 325 degrees until done. Remove the foil & drain the liquid.

Spread 1/2 cup of Dijon mustard over the ham. Pat 2/3 cup of brown sugar over the mustard.

Drizzle 1/4 cup of honey over the entire ham &  bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Basting it once or twice. Let it cool for 45 minutes and serve.