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2005/04/04 12:10:45 (permalink)

Shrimp Boil

We are planning a shrimp boil for the twins upcoming sixteenth birthday.

How much shrimp should I plan per person? Any ideas?
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    Michael Hoffman
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    RE: Shrimp Boil 2005/04/04 12:18:36 (permalink)
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    We are planning a shrimp boil for the twins upcoming sixteenth birthday.

    How much shrimp should I plan per person? Any ideas?

    That would depend on two things: The size of the shrimp and whether my grandson is invited. If he is, then you'll need the entire shrimp population of the Gulf.

    But other than that, I really don't have a clue. I just couldn't resist.
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    RE: Shrimp Boil 2005/04/04 15:18:00 (permalink)
    "The Book" calls for a quarter pound per person, but I'd figure on at least a half pound.
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    RE: Shrimp Boil 2005/04/04 15:55:31 (permalink)
    Everything I've found about the amount of shrimp per person for a shrimp boil lists one half pound. However, none of the recipes list the size of the shrimp, and that makes a huge difference. For instance, if you are using extra colossal you might need five per half pound. For colossal it would be six. Extra jumbo would be ten, jumbo would be 12, extra large would be 14 and large would be 16 shrimp per person at the half-pound per person rate.
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    RE: Shrimp Boil 2005/04/04 16:20:11 (permalink)
    1/2 pound per person was what I was thinking. But then again, like Michael said above, there will be lots of teenagers there so I may want to up it a little. Will probably use the medium size (cant think of the number).

    Thank you!
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    RE: Shrimp Boil 2005/04/04 16:32:50 (permalink)
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    Everything I've found about the amount of shrimp per person for a shrimp boil lists one half pound. However, none of the recipes list the size of the shrimp, and that makes a huge difference. For instance, if you are using extra colossal you might need five per half pound. For colossal it would be six. Extra jumbo would be ten, jumbo would be 12, extra large would be 14 and large would be 16 shrimp per person at the half-pound per person rate.


    Sorry, Michael, but I'm not following your logic. A half pound is a half pound no matter waht number of shrimp it takes to get there. So, I fail to see where (please forgive me for this) size matters.
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    RE: Shrimp Boil 2005/04/04 16:57:55 (permalink)
    Slick, I was thinking the same thing as I read through this post. A half pound by weight has nothing to do with numbers, and huge shrimp are just too expensive to use in a boil. They are better saved for scampi, or a baked or broiled dish.

    I would think a half pound per person of a standard jumbo (21-30/lb) shrimp would make for a nice boil.

    Lone Star, you didn't mention what else you are planning to serve. Some good sweet corn (if available) sausage, potato or macaroni salad will go a long way towards helping to fill your guests. And considering the occasion, they better save some room for birthday cake.
    Best wishes to the twins...
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    RE: Shrimp Boil 2005/04/04 17:31:52 (permalink)
    It is going to be typical crawfish/shrimp boil fare. New potatoes, corn and a few mushrooms served on newspaper. I will have red sauce and tater sauce (shudder) in paper souffle cups for those that want it. For those that don't like shrimp, I am thinking some hot dogs and potato salad or something along those lines.

    The sausage is a great idea - think I will throw some venison sausage into the mix.

    I haven't asked about the birthday cakes yet. One usually wants cheesecake and the other blackberry cobbler. I think I might just order a giant cake for the both of them with their picture on it.

    I am hoping the weather will be nice and it won't be blazing hot by the 23rd!

    Any more ideas?

    Slick - you just couldn't help yourself, huh?
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    RE: Shrimp Boil 2005/04/04 18:01:11 (permalink)
    Lone Star, for adults I would say half a pound per person is plenty....but not for two 16-year olds and their friends! Good Lord, those kids could eat a pound of shrimp and then gobble down a couple of double cheeseburgers! I would plan on at least 3/4 lb. per person. If you use 16-20 size, that's only 12 or so per person. Any left-over shrimp (but there never is any) can always be used in salads, gumbo, etc.
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    RE: Shrimp Boil 2005/04/04 19:35:17 (permalink)
    1/2 lb is right if having some sides ie potatoes corn onion sausage etc. I usually eat a lb. of Louisana Gulf Shrimp but they have the heads on which make up half of their body weight. I have found that the flavor is much better with the heads on as there is a lot of fat (shrimp butter) in the heads.
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    RE: Shrimp Boil 2005/04/04 20:07:27 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    Everything I've found about the amount of shrimp per person for a shrimp boil lists one half pound. However, none of the recipes list the size of the shrimp, and that makes a huge difference. For instance, if you are using extra colossal you might need five per half pound. For colossal it would be six. Extra jumbo would be ten, jumbo would be 12, extra large would be 14 and large would be 16 shrimp per person at the half-pound per person rate.


    Sorry, Michael, but I'm not following your logic. A half pound is a half pound no matter waht number of shrimp it takes to get there. So, I fail to see where (please forgive me for this) size matters.

    A half pound is, indeed, a half pound. But if you're going to be allowing just five shrimp per person, the half pound measure isn't likely to cut it with teenagers.
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    RE: Shrimp Boil 2005/04/05 08:37:39 (permalink)
    A half pound for Teenagers is plenty cause half the time they are too preoccuppied to think about eating.And 31-35 is the right sizeto get.Dont forget the HUSHPUPPIES!
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    RE: Shrimp Boil 2005/04/05 09:27:29 (permalink)
    I have to agree with lleechef and 3/4 lb. per person. With active teenagers (and especially with teenage boys) they have bottomless pits for stomachs. Even with the venison sausage and your other sides, you still want to have plenty of the shrimp, since this is what they will hear about when they are invited. And there is nothing worse than running out of food at a teen party.
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    RE: Shrimp Boil 2005/04/05 09:31:37 (permalink)
    In my experience, having to peel the shrimp slows down the consumption, especially with smaller shrimp.
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    RE: Shrimp Boil 2005/04/05 09:45:06 (permalink)
    Exactly!Whenever we do weddings we leave the shells on and they wont eat you out of Bussiness.Always have a lot leftover.
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    RE: Shrimp Boil 2005/04/05 09:52:09 (permalink)
    We will go down to Texas City and buy the shrimp the day before (probably 16-20) and husband and his buddy will dehead (behead?) them the night before. I think I will plan on the 3/4 lb per person, just to be on the safe side. Like y'all said, it would be bad to run out of food, and any leftover can be shelled and frozen for use later.

    Now, where to hide the adult beverage cooler?
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    RE: Shrimp Boil 2005/04/05 11:32:21 (permalink)
    Lone Star.....mushrooms and venison sausage in your Frogmore Stew?????? HERESY!!!!!! (Frogmore Stew = Shrimp Boil in S.C.)

    No mushrooms, just lots of 20-25 count shrimp, potatoes, corn, proper smoked sausage (Carolina Pride is good) and healthy dose of crab boil.

    best shrimp size is what is usually called "large" - about 20 to a pound - 12 or 18 per person should be good.
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    RE: Shrimp Boil 2005/04/05 11:48:19 (permalink)
    CarolinaBill - we like a few mushrooms thrown in to fight over. The venision sausage is smoked and very good. The man that makes it for us is a butcher at a local grocery chain and has quite a little set up in his back yard where he works with his chihuahua assistant. Quite a character.

    I have a freezer full of it and need to use it!

    We use Zatarain's and lot of lemons.
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    RE: Shrimp Boil 2005/04/05 12:31:14 (permalink)
    lone Star, if you're going to "behead" them, you might want to save the heads. Start your boil broth early and use the heads to make a good stock. When I do my boil I also add some whole garlic cloves and a cut onion or two. You can then remove the heads and use the stock for a much richer boil. Good luck with the party!
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