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TX Sandman
08-23-2009, 10:10 AM
August is a big month for birthdays in my family. With my daughter, MIL, BIL, and another relative having birthdays within a week of each other, it gets exciting. To celebrate, they wanted a seafood boil, and we did it up right.

First, we had the appetizers. I provided an Israeli melon from a local farmer's market. It has a taste like a cantaloupe, but with a different texture and was much sweeter.
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Now, that wasn't the end of the appetizers. We had a spread of blue corn and Hatch chips, a Hatch chile pesto dip, a spinach/bacon dip, cheeses, crackers, a salami, marinated olives, marinated mushrooms, and some other things that I can't remember right now.
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Then it was on to the main event. After some problems with the burner, we were off and running. We have potatoes, corn, sausage, shrimp, and crab legs in there. A full pot is a happy one.
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And what's a boil without a classy presentation?
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Now, since I'm allergic to shellfish, I had to go with something different. Slightly more done than I was shooting for. Poor me. :msn-wink:
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My buddy's plate. He didn't get a crab leg this time around, but he made at least a couple more passes at the table. :eating:
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Desserts were plentiful, but it was too crowded for pics. But with cake, ice cream, and even watermelon available for sampling, no one left hungry.

Butt Lover's
08-23-2009, 10:35 AM
Very impressive!

californiasmokin
08-23-2009, 10:43 AM
That looks like fun.:thumbs up:

Good Eats!

BYBBQ
08-23-2009, 11:00 AM
:wow: Great feast.

I would have had to made a couple trips to food tables to be sure I sampled everything.:msn-wink:

Nice job.:thumbs up:

BigAL
08-23-2009, 11:07 AM
Nice job TX!:thumbs up: I am look'n at do'n a blue crab boil this fall for pheasant season. I love crab/crawdad/seafood boils. good food and a ton of fun!

great pics!:thumbs up::drooling::drooling::drooling:

Joneser
08-23-2009, 05:15 PM
That looks great, Rob! I love me some crab boil!
That melon reminds me of a Nerf ball that set out in the yard too long.

smokin vernon
08-23-2009, 05:23 PM
great job ,makes me want to do one.I used to do them for the kids,but they are all grown and gone now.Still can do a small one thanks for pics.:thumbs up:

tigman
08-23-2009, 06:50 PM
what did ya use for seasoning...your own mix or store bought?? Looks awesome....approx how long at boil?? Tig

TX Sandman
08-23-2009, 09:04 PM
Seasoning was about 1/4 cup Old Bay seasoning mix and 1/4 cup Zatarain's Extra Spicy crab boil.

Times? Damfino. Potatoes cooked for 20 minutes, other stuff was added as it went. BIL was in control of the boil, and I was timing the steaks.

Thanks for the comments, y'all.

SmokyOkie
08-23-2009, 09:05 PM
Rob, you're killin me here!

You must've been holding back.

what a bunch 'o' great pix and food!

I'm curious too, what did you use for your boil seasoning?

I like to use Zatarain's bags and lemons with a lot of added cayenne.

BluDawg
08-24-2009, 08:33 AM
Sandman that looked like a feast fit for a A king, but those sirloins made me lick the screen.