You know what the East Coast is missing besides In-N-Out? Boiling Crab! What’s not to love about eating with your bare hands in the most savage manner possible? Somehow, this shrimp boil phenomenon has yet to reach this coast. I just don’t understand.
In any case, for those of you who are unfamiliar with this West Coast chain, Boiling Crab offers all sorts of shellfish in a beautiful harmony of garlic, butter, lemon and Southern seasonings. The fun restaurant is always an open space with walls decorated in signatures and writing from every human being that has walked through its doors. You order your shellfish in pounds with a choice of different sauces and sides. Then, your order is served in a plastic bag. Once that bag hits the table, the debauchery begins. Everyone gets down and dirty, peeling away and emptying their bags. The aftermath is always an impressive landscape of shell mounds. What’s magical is that the mess completely vanishes when the waiters pull up the paper tablecloths, roll it up and toss it in the bin. Voila! It’s like no one has to know that you were just tearing away in complete disregard for civility. Oh, how I miss Boiling Crab!
Well, after some research and several attempts, I am happy to share this shrimp boil recipe! Try it out for your 4th of July celebration!
And, the best part? Just rolling up that paper and tossing it into a garbage bag!
By popular demand, my friends and I have made this a regular dinner event. Try it out and let us know how it goes!