Frogmore Stew

We’re back from the Outer Banks and home in old, familiar Richmond. We only got a little bit lost on the drive home last night, which involved a detour through what I think was the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and only a minor panic attack Β on my part, as I am terrified of tunnels filled with cars which go underwater. Especially when one of the cars is the one I am riding in. *shudder*

I waited until I got home to post about my favorite vacation meal – Frogmore Stew! When it was announced that we would be dining on Frogmore stew, a few vacationers became concerned that this meant we would be eating frogs. After a brief flurry of activity on various iPhones, the vacationers were much relieved to learn that Frogmore Stew is just a type of seafood boil, named after a fishing community in South Carolina.

Basically, Frogmore Stew involves throwing a bunch of good things into a huge pot and cooking them. Aaron’s dad used red potatoes, sweet yellow corn on the cob, kielbasa sausage, and shrimp, which was all cooked together in a bubbling brew of water, Old Bay seasoning, and twoΒ Sam Adams Summer Ales. This is what the Frogmore Stew looked like boiling away on the stove.

Frogmore Stew

The recipe Aaron’s dad used was a modified version of this one from allrecipes.com. One of the major modifications was the addition of beer, which imparted a delicious flavor to all the ingredients, especially the sweet corn. A few slices of lime were added to the boil as well. The shrimp were deveined but not peeled, which (I thought) made the stew more fun to eat. Once all the ingredients were cooked, the liquid was drained and the shrimp, potatoes, sausage, and corn were all dumped out on the big dining room table, which we had spread with newspapers. Steam is hard to photograph!

There was much fogging-up of glasses at this point!

There was much fogging-up of glasses at this point.

The stew looked like a huge trough down the middle of the 10-person dining room table. Everyone sat down and helped themselves right away.

Frogmore Trough

This photo was taken only moments before everyone began to devour the feast before them.

This is the approximate point where I began my attack.

This is the approximate point where I began my attack.

My first plate, after which I completely abandoned the use of plates.

My first plate, after which I completely abandoned the use of plates.

When it was all over, and everyone had eaten way more than they ever thought they were capable of, the only thing that was left was the corn cobs, shrimp tails, damp newspaper, and this lone chunk of sausage.

All that remained of the Frogmore Stew

All that remained of the Frogmore Stew

There you have it – the best meal I ate while on vacation. And while it probably wasn’t especially healthy, it was dang tasty and cheap, since the only thing Aaron and I contributed was the beer. πŸ™‚

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16 responses to “Frogmore Stew

  1. therecoveringvegetarian

    Oooh, I used to LIVE in Hampton Roads and had to traverse the bridge tunnels on a near daily basis. They ARE terrifying.

    This looks fabulous. Spouse is in love with anything seafood based, I might just surprise him and make some for his birthday!

    • I don’t think I could ever get used to them, either! Living there might be a bit of a problem for me. πŸ™‚

      Thank you! If you plan on having some people over for his birthday, it’d be a great way to make a crowd very, very happy.

  2. This looks awesome! I can’t wait to try it.

  3. Aw… the frogmore is no-more! I’ve heard about this dish, and it looks as wonderful as the tales I’ve been told. What a lovely family-style meal. Food really is all about getting people together!

    • I had seen this prepared on TV and thought it was really cool, but I was a bit intimidated by the sheer volume of the food and by the notion of just dumping everything out on a table. No longer! I think I’d like to make this at least once every summer.

  4. I’ve never had fogmore stew and I am deeply, deeply regretting it, but I have been to the Outer Banks. Glad you had such a great vacation!

    • I had never had it before, either, and it was so delicious! It’s very easy to make – I’m no longer intimidated by it, now that I’ve seen it prepared. Maybe you can give it a try while there’s still some summer left. πŸ˜‰ OBX was lovely, with the exception of the awful Saturday traffic, of course.

  5. Wow. this dish is such a dynamite! It looks so fun, dynamic and WILD. I love it!!! wonderful pictures too. I love the lonely sausage on the end. Great post!!!

  6. You got lost and ended up on the M&M? *smile* Sorry, I can’t resist. We used to live up there and in fact my husband is from Newport News originally. Bridge tunnels all the time! They’re amazing and amazingly creepy all at the same time. What’s the worst is getting stuck in them at rush hour. Now that’s a shudder moment. πŸ™‚

    The stew sounds good. I was thinking the same thing . . .frogs.

    • Yeesh, I think I’d probably have a meltdown if I were ever stuck in one of those tunnels during rush hour. I prefer driving on dry land, above sea level, and with my head above water, thankyouverymuch!

      Hmmm, I wonder how this would be with frogs… something to think about. πŸ˜€

  7. I love to make this, but we call it Low Country Boil. I also prepare this when we are having a large group for dinner, there is something for everyone! Sometimes I add chicken thighs to make it go even further.

    • Interesting! Are you from the Low Country? Would that be the Carolinas?

      Ooooh, I didn’t even think about adding chicken. I bet it’s so flavorful and tender after simmering in the broth. Yum!

  8. Are all ingredients added at once?
    It seems to me that the shrimp would need to stay out until the last five minutes or so, or they would be overcooked and rubbery?

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