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Sullivan’s Island Shrimp Bog

May 4, 2010

Sullivan's Island Shrimp Bog

This is a pretty irregular week. We’ve had some people come and go at work, and have had some fun getting-to-know-you time with all that brings. Also, I am heading down to NYC this weekend for my brother’s bachelor party, which is looking to be an absolute blast! With all that’s going on, I still managed to set up a pretty decent menu for the week. We’ve finally been able to use our water as normal today since they’ve lifted the boil order we’ve had in place since Saturday afternoon, so that made today’s cooking a damn pleasure.

This was a very comforting and very tasty dish that reminded me of a lot of the flavors from our trip to New Orleans last November. It reminded me so much of these flavors that I even busted out the Cajun Power Garlic Sauce that we got down there to put on top. The dish packs a fair amount of heat, so tread carefully, but have fun making this as it is relatively simple to put together. Also, this makes a *LOT* of food, so cut down as needed for smaller portions like we did. I’m posting the original recipe, however. The dish has inspired me to check out Sullivan’s Island some day!

Sullivan’s Island Shrimp Bog (Serves 6)

Adapted from Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods via Serious Eats

  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more if needed
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more if needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne, plus more if needed
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken broth, plus more if needed
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 pounds medium shrimp (40 count), shelled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup very finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges
  1. In a fine-mesh strainer, rinse the rice well under cold running water. Drain well; set aside.
  2. In a large heavy Dutch oven or stockpot, cook the bacon over medium heat until golden, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined dish; set aside. Pour off and discard all but 3 tablespoons of the bacon fat remaining in the pot. Add the onions to the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add the drained rice, salt, nutmeg, black pepper, and cayenne and stir for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the broth, tomatoes with liquid, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil, cover the pot, reduce the heat, and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Stir in the cooked bacon and the shrimp and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp is cooked through, adding more broth if the rice seems to be drying out, about 10 minutes. Stir the bog with a fork. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Sprinkle with parsley, garnish with lemon wedges, and serve immediately.
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