It’s summertime, and you know what that means; It’s time for a low-country boil! In my case, an Early Mountain Low-Country boil.
What the heck is a “Low-Country Boil”?
Origins of Low-Country Boil
I will tell you what is — a mouthwatering one-pot wonder. Which, generally includes a foundation of shellfish, corn on the cob, spicy sausage (like andouille or kielbasa), red potatoes, and an array of spices. Alternatively, soft shell crab, crawfish, and other types of sausage are also great options.
Believed to have originated on St. Helena Island, which borders, Beaufort County, SC the origins of the Low-Country Boil date back to the Gullah people who lived in that Lowcountry region.
Now that we have that out of the way let’s chat a little bit about the gorgeous rosé wine I paired with the dish.
Early Mountain Vineyards Rosé 2018
My Tasting Notes
This wine is dry and crisp with strawberry, white peach, and melon on the nose. On the palate much of the same strawberry, white peach, melon notes, with green apple. Pleasing citrus and bright acidity on the finish.
Early Mountain Low-Country Boil
My low-country boil paired perfectly with this Early Mountain Rosé. Certainly, the plump shrimp and my spicy stock base with plenty of cayenne pepper and hot sauce, played nicely with the fruit notes of the wine. Keep in mind: part of the deliciousness of this dish is the spicy kick. So don’t cringe out on me, man. Grab a nice glass of wine to offset the heat.
Early Mountain Winery
The winery produces some stunning wines, and this refreshing, lip-smacking rosé is no exception. Additionally, it is incredibly versatile and food-friendly.
Early Mountain Vineyards is located in Madison, Virginia, one of the most beautiful regions of Virginia. Situated in the foothills of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, the sweeping views are amazing. Oh… and the wines, some of the best in Virginia.
Notably, the winery is the first Virginia winery, and the first East Coast winery outside of New York, to be nominated “Best American Winery of the Year” in the Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards.
For the one-pot meal, I decided to keep it pretty traditional. However, the one exception I did make; I elected to use uncured bison sausage. It doesn’t necessarily follow the rules, I simply chose a sausage that I personally love and thought would be an excellent alternative. And it certainly was!
|1 lb Large Shrimp (18-20 ct)||1 Stalk of Yellow Corn|
|2 Stalks of Sweet White Corn||7 Medium Sized Red Potatoes|
|1 Lemon||1-2 lbs Sausage|
|1 Large Onion||4 Cups Chicken Stock|
|Parsley for Garnish||1 Tablespoon of Cayenne Pepper|
|Cajun Pepper Sauce||2 Tsp Ground Ginger.|
|1/8 Cup Sea Salt||1/8 Cup Old Bay Seasoning|
Crab-Boil Spice Pouch
|2 Tbsp Mustard Seeds.||2 Tbsp Mixed Peppercorns|
|1 Tbsp Celery Seeds||2 Tbsp Dried Hot Red Pepper Flakes.|
|5 Bay Leaves||1/4 Cup Pickling Spices|
Watch how quick this all comes together!
- Combine all of the spices in a cheese cloth to make a boil pouch and set that aside
- Remove shells and devine shrimp
- Chop onion up into large chunks
- Slice sausage into large chunks
- Shuck corn, remove all silk and quarter corn stalks
- Half Potatoes
- Cut lemon into 1/8 pieces
In a large stock pot, combine the chicken stock, spice pouch, onion, corn, potatoes, pepper sauce (to taste) and remaining spices. Bring the mixture to a boil until potatoes are just barely tender.
Seriously… keep and eye out, those potatoes will cook fairly quickly.
Add in the sausage, and boil for another 5 minutes. Add the shrimp and lemon slice, and boil until seafood is just pink.
All that’s left to do is grab a big bowl — personal size — and ladle in the goodness. Garnish with parsley and dig in!
Oh… and don’t forget to grab that glass of Early Mountain Rosé!
For more information on the Early Mountain Vineyards and their wines visit their website at www.earlymountain.com Please feel free to use my code 3BtlShipVoV to receive free shipping on wine.
Lastly, remember there are a number of ways to prepare and serve this incredibly scrumptious dish. Certainly, an Early Mountain Low-Country Boil is the perfect, easy and fun way to serve a crowd.
Check out these photos from a previous gathering I hosted for family and friends. It doesn’t get any funnier than that.
The wine was an industry sample. However, the assessments made are mine.