About the Dish

1/4 cup Tomato Paste
2 Lemon
6 sprigs Thyme
2 Bay Leaf
5 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
1 pound Yukon Gold Potatoes
4 ears Corn
6 ounces Andouille
2 pounds Wild-Caught Tail-On Georgia Shrimp
8 pats Butter
2 cloves Garlic
1 teaspoon Bragg Liquid Aminos
1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
6 sprigs Parsley
Per Serving
Calories 560
Total Fat 25 g
Saturated Fat 13 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 310 mg
Sodium 1290 mg
Total Carbohydrates 45 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Sugar 5 g
Protein 45 g
Whitney Otawka

On Cumberland Island, Whitney oversees the inn’s food and beverage program, kitchen operations, and menu creation. She strives to create a seasonally-driven menu using the best available products. Whitney loves bringing rustic-style dishes to the modern table with roots in beloved Southern traditions.

Whitney Otawka grew up in the high desert of Southern California and studied anthropology at The University of California, Berkeley. Living in the Bay Area as a young adult introduced her to an unfamiliar way of eating and an endless supply of fresh produce, seafood, grass-fed beef, organic grocery stores, and more. At the age of 19, Whitney steered her sights towards the culinary world and began working at a French creperie in Oakland, California (she had always been a bit of a Francophile). Here, she met her first mentor, Eric Leroy, who made everything from scratch, kept a clean and organized kitchen, and loved engaging in lengthy discussions about French wine, food, and ciders. Whitney quickly discovered her innate discipline and rigor for cooking – a passion that allowed her to thrive in the demanding environment of a restaurant kitchen. She continued her culinary education in restaurants from San Francisco to San Diego, but in 2002 took a brief break to follow her other passion – historic preservation. It didn’t take long for Whitney to realize that her heart was in the kitchen. In 2005, Whitney moved to Athens, Georgia, where she walked into 5&10, Hugh Acheson’s acclaimed restaurant, and asked to be a prep cook. Impressing Chef Acheson with her tenacity, Whitney got the job and quickly worked her way up to Sous Chef. For part of her tenure, she worked simultaneously as Chef de Partie of Linton Hopkins’ Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta and attended culinary school at Le Cordon Blue Atlanta. During her stint at 5&10, Whitney also staged in some of New York’s finest restaurants including Per Se, Le Bernardin, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. In 2010, Whitney pursued a unique opportunity to serve as Executive Chef at the prestigious Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island, Georgia, but in 2012 moved back to Athens to become executive chef at two restaurants – Farm 255 (where she was awarded a Rising Star Chef award for Atlanta) and Cinco de Diez. She briefly left Georgia to film Top Chef Season 9 in Texas, and in 2015, accepted an offer to return to Greyfield Inn and become Culinary Director. On Cumberland Island, Whitney oversees the inn’s food and beverage program, kitchen operations, and menu creation. She strives to create a seasonally-driven menu using the best available products. Whitney loves bringing rustic-style dishes to the modern table with roots in beloved Southern traditions. Whitney’s recipes have been published in The New York Times, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, and The Local Palate. You can follow her adventures and at www.whitneyotawka.com

Brown Ale

When people think of Low Country Boil and beer they tend to think of light crisp lagers. Today, we run in the opposite direction and choose a brown ale. The traditional British brown ale, first perfected in seventeen hundred, was a malty-sweet, lightly hopped ale with a biscuit characteristic. For this dish, the sweet biscuit characteristic will let the spicy dish shine.

Against the Grain The Brown Note, Louisville, Kentucky

Rosé

The 2016 Lioco Indica Rose is nicknamed strawberry diesel and may be the most refreshing rose I have tasted this year. The boys behind the wine describe the nose as “pickled watermelon, sweet tarts, and wild herbs” and the palate as “fresh rhubarb, wild strawberry, and candied orange peel”. They are right and my recommendation is get more than you think you will need because it will be the hit of the party.

Lioco Indica Rose – Mendocino, California

METHOD

1
  MISE EN PLACE • Slice 1 lemon crosswise; cut remaining lemon into wedges. • Cut each potato lengthwise into 6 wedges. • Shuck corn; cut cobs crosswise into 2-inch pieces. • Peel and mince garlic. • Pick and finely chop parsley leaves. • Slice sausage.
2
 • Fill a large sauce pot half full with about 1 gallon water. Place over high heat. • Stir in tomato paste, lemon slices, thyme, bay leaves, 4 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning and 1 tablespoon kosher salt. • Add potatoes, and cover pot.
3
  • When liquid boils, add corn and sausage. Cook, uncovered, 4 minutes. • Add shrimp. Cook until their tails curl up, about 3 minutes. • Drain, and transfer to a large bowl. • Discard thyme stems and bay leaves.
4
  While Low Country Boil cooks: • Place a saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 pats butter. When butter melts, add garlic. Cook, stirring, until garlic begins to turn golden, about 2 minutes. • Remove pan from heat. Whisk in liquid aminos and smoked paprika. • Whisk in remaining 6 pats butter, 1 pat at a time.
5
Toss Low Country Boil with parsley, remaining 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning, 2 tablespoons smoked paprika butter and lemon wedges.
6
  • Pour out the Low Country Boil onto a newspaper-lined table or a platter. • Serve with remaining smoked paprika butter, and enjoy!

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