Last year’s Friendsgiving was such a blast, we decided to do it again this year. But, in true Audrey fashion, I brought up making plans whenever we got together with our friends, and then forgot to nail down actual plans for the dinner until the day before Thanksgiving.
So, better late than never, we threw a Festivus Friendsgiving Low Country Boil and Pie Party for our Abercrombie Street family. I’ve only been to one other shrimp boil, and it was in my “seafood is gross” phase (I was an idiot child) so I only ate the sausage and potatoes. So I don’t have much to compare ours to. But holy shit — it was delicious.
Our friend Rob hosted, and Joel put together the boil: crawdads (or craw fish, or “yabbi” in Australia), blue crab (or crab that is blue), sausage (German), potatoes (brown), and corn (shucked and cobbed). Julian made sweet, sweet American style southern corn bread (just like mom used to make, be still my heart), Dimi made coleslaw, Eddie made green beans and Aperol Spritz, Hugh brought the magnum of wine, and I made my Ugly Cobbler. The boil tumbled onto the table from the GIANT pan, and before I knew it the pile was demolished and everyone had a case of food coma.
And here’s what it looked like:
Things We Learned About Low Country Boils:
- giant pots of water take a long time to boil. like, 2 hours.
- if you think you’re getting too many crabs, get one more. everyone loves crab.
- be careful how you pull apart a crawfish. or you might end up eating intestines. intestines are not delicious.
- home made Old Bay is just as good as actual Old Bay
- don’t encourage your crawfish to fight. ‘cuz they’ll fight.
Here’s to good food and good friends.
And now, on to Christmas. Which is in 7 days. WTF.