We’re at the beach this weekend with my family…my extended family…and my mom mandated that each night one kid is in charge of dinner. I should note, when my mom says “kids” she’s referring to the 30-40 year olds in our crew. Because we’ll always be kids. Etc. The we’ll-always-be-kids kids see this as an unspoken way to be competitive. Of course we do.
The challenge: Feeding 12 people (All the babies don’t count because they’re babies, sorry babies.) a menu of food that is awesome and that all these 12 people like.
The obstacles: It needs to be some sort of seafood theme. But some people don’t like fish and/or any sort of ocean life. We have vegans. We have people who will only eat organic. We have one person (me) who is not eating carbs. And we have one child (mine) who decided yesterday that he’s only eating spaghetti from now on. Also, we’re on an island, so there’s only one grocery store, and it’s really just a glorified 7-11.
The difficulty factor: High.
I was originally going to make shrimp and grits because it’s coastal and it’s southern and it’s really good. But that didn’t work because of many of the above “obstacle” factors. So I decided that I’m doing a “Make-Your-Own-Meal-And-Shut-Up” Picnic Extravaganza. And here’s how that’s going to work.
1. I am making shrimp. (A great easy beach shrimp recipe that I found and I’ll share as soon as I’m positive that it’s great and easy.)
2. I’m making three options to serve with it (or without it, if you are my brother and weird and don’t like shrimp). Pasta (spaghetti). Cheese grits. And my favorite Okra-and-Corn Maque Choux. The recipe is from Southern Living (subscribe to this!), I make it all the time, and it’s without bread, grits, or pasta.
People can mix and/or match. From this you could have plain spaghetti with tomato sauce. Spaghetti with pesto ans shrimp. Shrimp and grits. Or shrimp and Choux. Or probably 10 other combo options. It makes my brain hurt. But I’m having shrimp and Choux. And right now I’m focusing on that.
Okra-and-Corn Maque Choux
What You’ll Need:
1/4 lb. smoked sausage (I used chicken Hillshire Farm smoked sausage)
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper (I used more)
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups fresh corn kernels
1 cup sliced fresh okra (fresh is key, I don’t have fresh today. boo.)
1 cup peeled, seeded, and diced tomato
salt, pepper, etc.
What You’ll Do:
And even though it’s not a cooking competition between siblings…
I’m totally going to win.
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