Don’t let the long-ish list of ingredients here fool you: This recipe is easy! You basically just throw everything into a pot (but not all at the same time. Read the instructions). There’s very little chopping or cutting or any kind of prep involved.
- 2 whole lemons, plus 2 more lemons cut into wedges for serving
- 12 garlic cloves, unpeeled
- 3 large onions, peeled and quartered (I use sweet ones, like Vidalia)
- 2 tbsp whole grain mustard
- 1 tbsp hot sauce, plus more for serving
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 tbsp salt
- 5 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 big handful fresh dill, divided
- 2 and 1/2 lbs whole small red potatoes, larger potatoes cut in half
- 16 ounces kielbasa, cut into 12–16 pieces
- 16 ounces whole white mushrooms
- 6 cobs of corn, shucked and broken in half
- 3 lbs large (count: 31-35/lb) easy-peel deveined shrimp, leave the shells on
- 3 tbsp butter, cut into small pieces
- Fill a large pot with 6 quarts of water. Cut the whole lemons in half. Squeeze the juice into the water and add the squeezed lemon halves as well. Add the garlic, onion, mustard, 1 tablespoon hot sauce, bay leaves and salt. Tie the thyme and half of the dill into a bouquet using kitchen twine. Add it to the water. Stir well. Cover and bring the water to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes.
- Add the potatoes. Cover and cook until they’re just tender, 9-10 minutes. Add the kielbasa, mushrooms and corn. Cook covered for 5 minutes. Stir in the shrimp and cook covered until pink, 2-3 minutes.
- Meanwhile, chop the remaining dill fronds.
- Scoop out 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the butter to the liquid and stir until it melts. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the shrimp, sausage and vegetables to a large platter. Discard the herb bouquet. Drizzle with the butter mixture.
- To Serve: Cover a table with newspaper. Pile the shrimp, sausage and vegetables right on top, or leave everything on the platter. Sprinkle with the chopped dill. Put out the lemon wedges and hot sauce. Squeeze the garlic cloves from the skin as a condiment as well. Make sure there are a lot of napkins on hand before you dig in!