A lot of eating goes on in this book, but of all the dishes mentioned, this one recipe has had the longest life span. It is still the iconic dish served on St. Helena Island for almost every celebration.
Some people like to substitute fresh crab for the shrimp. Others add chicken pieces or other vegetables and seafoods. There are no frogs in it, although i suspect you could add frog legs instead of the chicken, if you were so inclined. The recipe is believed to have been developed at community suppers when the neighbors brought whatever they had on hand, and everything was dumped into a huge pot of water and boiled together.
Scoop meats and vegetables out of the broth and dump on a picnic table covered in old newspapers.
Serve with lots of paper towels or napkins and ice-cold beverages, plus melted butter for the corn, cocktail sauce for the shrimp, and sour cream or ketchup for the potatoes. This is a messy dish; you’ll need a whole handful of napkins or paper towels.
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