The moment I read this recipe I knew it was the one for this week. It was extremely simple to make and the flavors were intense. It's on the spicy side but you can tone it down be reducing the amount of cayenne pepper. I love spicy foods but my husband prefers it a little milder. Either way it's a delicious dish and makes a great presentation without a lot of work. The nutmeg should definitely be fresh, it blends in perfectly and the aroma is wonderful. Enjoy!
Sullivan's Island Shrimp Bog
Courtesy of Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian (Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods)
1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
1/2 pound sliced bacon, finely chopped
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more if needed
3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more if needed
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne, plus more if needed
2 1/4 cups chicken broth, plus more if needed
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 pounds medium shrimp (40 count), shelled and deveined
1/4 cup very finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges
1. In a fine-mesh strainer, rinse the rice well under cold running water. Drain well; set aside.
2. In a large heavy Dutch oven or stockpot, cook the bacon over medium heat until golden, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined dish; set aside. Pour off and discard all but 3 tablespoons of the bacon fat remaining in the pot. Add the onions to the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add the drained rice, salt, nutmeg, black pepper, and cayenne and stir for 1 minute.
3. Stir in the broth, tomatoes with liquid, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil, cover the pot, reduce the heat, and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Stir in the cooked bacon and the shrimp and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp is cooked through, adding more broth if the rice seems to be drying out, about 10 minutes. Stir the bog with a fork. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Sprinkle with parsley, garnish with lemon wedges, and serve immediately.