It’s time once again for you to figure out what you’re going to eat on game day for the Pittsburgh Steelers game. While the Steelers are feasting on Mike Glennon and the Buccaneers, you’ve gotta have something to nibble on as well, don’t you?
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It’s tough to figure out what to make that would have a Tampa Bay theme but shrimp just comes perfectly to mind. Peel n’ Eat Shrimp boiled in butter and beer just sounds delicious, right? You can make this at home or at your tailgate and throw it in a pot on top of the grill.
If you have a seafood guy, by all means go get yourself some good, Gulf Coast shrimp for this but if you’re in the Burgh and still want to get your seafood on, this works perfectly with a bag of frozen shrimp. You can buy the nice, jumbo sized ones and go to town or buy a bag of the smaller ones if you’re having people over and are forced to share your tasty shrimp. The best kind that I’ve found are the ones that are deveined and have the tail still on. Deveined because that’s a gross job to do yourself for a whole bag of shrimp and no one likes to eat that nasty line of shrimp poop along the back of the shrimp and tail-on because you’ll need to have some of the shell intact to trap the delicious seasoning. I’ve never really paid attention to what size the bag is, in actual measurements so you’re going to have to use your own judgment on that.
You’ll need a deep saucepan and get it on medium-high heat. Throw a stick of butter in there because butter is delicious and necessary. When the butter is melted add an entire bottle of your favorite beer. Of course you’re not going to want to use a pumpkin beer or any other wacky flavor, don’t be a beer snob just pick whatever you’re drinking for the day and throw one of them in the pot. Bring it to a simmer. Then you add some Old Bay seasoning. I once opened the wrong spout, the one you’re supposed to use for measuring with a spoon instead of the one with holes that you just shake the seasoning out and dumped a good couple of tablespoons in there. Didn’t ruin it at all so I’m not even going to bother giving exact measurements on this, you’re in the privacy of your own kitchen or tailgate, you put as much Old Bay as you want to.
Throw those shrimp in there, after they’ve thawed out naturally, and simmer on one side for a couple of minutes. Shrimp cooks super-fast so don’t go taking on other tasks while these suckers are cooking. You’re going to need to flip them over in no more than three minutes. It’s time to take them out when they’ve changed colors and curl up a little. Don’t overcook your shrimp, they become rubber shrimp and there’s not enough cocktail sauce in the world to salvage them. Once they’re out of the butter/beer/Old Bay mix put them on a paper-towel-lined plate and go ahead and sprinkle some more Old Bay over top, that stuff is awesome.
Once you’ve got a nice pile of cooked shrimp and no one is looking, just eat them all and order a pizza for your guests. Just kidding, you’ll want to show these off. Dip them in melted butter (because why not?) and cocktail sauce and keep plenty of napkins handy. Actually, just keep a roll of paper-towels ready. Don’t bother washing your hands till you’re done with these.
Enjoy the game and the grub!
Here we go Steelers! Here we go!