I hate it when I see a recipe and it looks really good, but it’s followed by a list of ingredients and instructions the length of your arm. With this in mind, I challenged myself to come up with five dinner entrees that only contain five ingredients each. I further challenged myself to keep them healthy and real – real food, not packets of “helpers” with ingredients you can’t pronounce and have no idea what they are.
(To make this a little easier, I gave myself three free items: salt, pepper, and olive oil.)
Low Country Boil is one of our favorites. We have made it for as many as 200 people and as few as four people. When it comes to five-ingredient meals, this one was my first thought! We serve this with cocktail sauce, hot sauce, butter, and baguette.
- 12 ounces sausage (use whatever you like:
- traditional Andouille, turkey kielbasa, or cooked Italian sausage), cut into 3-inch pieces
- 12 ounces medium shrimp, raw in shells
- Small potatoes, as many as you want (we use the colored variety baby potatoes), cut in half or quarters if they are large
- 2-4 corn on the cob, cut into 3 or 4 pieces
- ½ -1 cup Old Bay Seasoning or Crab Boil
- Bring one gallon of water to a boil.
- Add Old Bay until it is seasoned to your liking.
- Begin by adding your potatoes and sausage.
- Boil for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the potatoes are just tender.
- Add corn and boil for and additional 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add shrimp, turn off the stove, stir and cover while you get everything else ready (about 4 minutes). Drain the food and serve on newspapers or in a pretty bowl.
- Dig in!