A delicious example of South Carolinas low-country cooking, Frogmore stew is named for a tiny town on the coastal island of St. Helena. The flavorful one-pot dish, reputedly created in the 1950s by a local shrimp fisherman, calls for shrimp, corn on the cob, smoked sausage and new potatoes steamed in a savory broth. A favorite for parties and celebrations, its traditionally served outdoors on newspaper-covered picnic tables, accompanied by frosty mugs of ice-cold beer.
4 quarts cold water
1/4 cup Old Bay seasoning
1 Tbs. kosher salt, plus more, to taste
4 celery stalks, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 yellow onion, diced
1 garlic head, halved crosswise
2 1/2 lb. small red potatoes
4 ears of corn, shucked, each cut into 4 pieces
2 lb. smoked sausage, cut into 1 1/2-inch slices
2 lb. medium shrimp, deveined, in the shell
In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, combine the water, Old Bay seasoning, the 1 Tbs. salt, celery, onion, garlic and potatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are tender when pierced, 10 to 20 minutes.
Add the corn and sausage to the pot and simmer until the corn is tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the shrimp and simmer until opaque, 3 to 4 minutes. Taste the broth and adjust the seasonings with salt.
Transfer the stew to a large soup tureen or serving bowl and serve immediately. Serves 8 to 10.