Paula Hosts a Summer Dock Party

  • Pin It
  • print
  • email to a friend
By Paula Deen

I’ve traveled a good many places, but nowhere beats a summer evening on the tidal marshes of Savannah.  It’s just so beautiful, y’all. A wonderful, salty breeze comes in off the water, and with the fish jumping, birds singing, and boats slowly drifting by, it feels like the most peaceful place on earth.

It’s not a gift to be wasted.  Michael and I make a point of getting out on our dock as much as we can during these summer months.  Sure, you can count on the Fourth of July as being a big blow-out dock party, but the truth is we’ll come up with any ol’ excuse to get out there and celebrate. 

With June being National Seafood Month, I decided to throw an impromptu dock party with our friends.  Nothing too fussy—just a group of fun-loving people enjoying a big spread of fresh seafood hauled in from our own backyard.  That morning my friend Patrick and I walked to the end of my dock, dropped my crab traps, and pulled in the most beautiful blue crabs you can imagine. 

image

If y’all know anything about the South, you know that a cookout without a low country boil is like an engagement without a ring.  But this time I changed my recipe up a bit, replacin’ the shrimp with those blue crabs.  Then I garnished it all with some melted butter and fresh-squeezed lemon.  It was a stunning dish and we had a mess of a time digging into it. 

image

See, I take great pride in my ability to “pick” a crab, but it is a learned art.  I had to school my friends who were struggling with the little buggers, letting that delicious meat go to waste.  I showed them how to pick off the legs, remove the lungs and crack the shell to get at the meat.  It’s not pretty, but being pretty won’t fill you up.

image

But the real showstopper was a baked fresh red snapper (grouper, bass or catfish works just as well).  When that beauty came out of the oven, the delicate white meat easily flaked apart with our forks.  In between bites and crab pickin’ lessons, we laughed and shared stories as people tend to do when they gather around food.  But every now and again we’d fall quiet and take in the beauty around us.

image

This was especially true at sunset.  After our friends said “g’night,” Michael and I stood looking out over the marsh and watched the sun steal away, taking our breath with it.  And I counted another summer blessing.

image

Try these other seafood favorites!
Shrimp and Grits
Saucy Catfish
Peel and Eat Shrimp
Bubba’s Chargrilled Oysters
Crab Hushpuppies

Read More From Holidays and Entertaining.

You May Also Like These Blogs:

You May Also Like These Recipes:

Leave a Comment

Reader Comments:

54321

I just want to say, I love your food and products. After learning from your recipes , I have became a better cook. My question is about the blue crab. I love snow crab-legs; however I thought that blue crab was toxic.(as lease some anyway) Please tell me the correct ones to buy because your look wonderful!

By Latonia Smith on July 11, 2012

54321

I so enjoyed all the photos of your dock party it must have been wonderful! I'm from Maryland so you know we are famous for and love our blue crabs! I am amazed by your strenght and determination in getting your business off the ground with very little money etc., and everything else you had and were going through. I truly admire you and I am so very happy that you have been blessed the way you have been. I watch your cooking shows every chance I get, and cook with many of your delicious recipes. I so enjoy your inter-action with your sons when they are on the show, how much love you have for each other and how tender they are with you. I guess I feel that way because I also have two grown sons and am blessed with grandchildren. My Daughter-in-Law and I are trying to save and hoping one day to be able to meet you and enjoy your famous cooking at the Lady and Sons. In the meantime I am enjoying your shows and Jamie's new show. I love your online store, I am not really computer savy but for you I may even try to blog or twitter(whatever it is called still hesitate about facebook). I watch you on QVC as well. I pray for much continued sucess and good health to you and your family keep enjoying your beautiful home and family. Please keep bringing us your great cooking shows we look forward to those with a cold iced tea or coffee and to relax during a hetic day with you, what great company!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lov ya Paula!!!

By Linda Norwood on July 03, 2012

54321

Just love this lady more than the others on foodnetwork..she just make's you fill rigth at ease with your self (not some), being I am from GA, I can relate to her.

By Joyce Warner on June 27, 2012

54321

Hey Ms.Paula this is your neighbor from Thomasville.Iam sooo...happy for you and Mr.Michael...not only for your marriage,but what the Lord has brought you through and TOO....Each Other...Be Blessed now and have a great summer !!!!Love,Angie

By Angie Reneau on June 27, 2012

54321

Hi Paula!! Just a note of praise--YOU LOOK GREAT!!! I was reading my newsletter,and seeing the awesome pictures you had e-mailed. The pictures of you look WONDERFUL!! You really have lost the weight!! What's your secret? Those delicious blue crabs and awesome salty breeze might have something to do with it!LOL!!! I love your show and fantastic recipes! I look forward to watching your show-3x's a day!! I got hurt at work,now disabled,I have alot of time--mostly in bed, to watch you!! You brighten up my days!! Thank-you!Well- Now I send you best dishes, from my kitchen to yours! BonnieLou Mauldin

By BonnieLou Mauldin on June 27, 2012

54321

A PORK ROAST,ADD SEASONING,LET STAND IN REFRIG. FOR TWO DAY'S, COOK ON SKOKER, IN PAN ADD BEER & SOME WATER,And So, ALWAY"S, KEEP A EYE ON JUICE LEVEL, MORE FAVOR'S TO ADD!!! COOK"S FOR ABOUT 5 HOUR'S, SO GOOD!!!!! bUT, YOU KNOW, YOUR, COOKING THE BEST!!!! BUT, ONE THING IS, I DIDN"T ADD BUTTER!!! IT, ALL TASRE SO GREAT, BUTTER THEN WHAT THEY SELL AS BUTTER, GOT TO KNOW THE REAL THING!!!! HOME, COOKING IS ALWAY S THE ONE AND ONLY AND KEEEP IT ALIVE AS TODAY!!!!! GREAT, FAMILY VALUE'S IS THE ONLT WAY, BUTTER UP ON THIS!!!!!

By OESTERLING JEAN ANN on June 26, 2012

54321

My favorite part of a low country boil, is all of it they are great.

By Neil Kessler on June 26, 2012

54321

I love your cook books Paula, I also like Bubba's cook book. You girl are looking sooo good. Keep up the good work ( and work it is ).I love seeing how you decorate your tables, My asso. had a pool party last year and I used your idea of buckets full of sand with pin wheels in them. The kids loved them.Thank you for all your inspiration. Pat

By Pat Rupp on June 26, 2012

54321

Paula...U LOOK FABULOUS............

By Georgianna Powell on June 26, 2012

54321

Would so love to bring my aunt to meet y'all sometimes, took her to Savannah to your restaurant once, it was a hour and a half wait, she's up in her 70's and couldn't stand the wait. We just think you and your family are awesome, and she's a Georgia Gal too. smile Love the family shows.

By Susan Caruso on June 26, 2012

54321

Paula you look great. You have lost waight. I am also trying. Keep up the good work. One of your biggest fans.

By vicki miller on June 26, 2012

54321

Mrs.Paula, you are the QUEEN of cooks in my book!I love everything you do, there is NO ONE that could every take your place,I love all your cookbooks and recipes and I have a bunch of them! I was born and raised in Savannah Georgia off of Skidaway Road, my dream is to one day be able to come back home and visit you in the Ladies and Sons restaurant ,I wish you well and many , many years of happiness, Please keep the good food coming, we love them all! Truly a fan, ZadaAnn

By ZadaAnn Bozzi on June 26, 2012

54321

Looks like a good time was had by all at your dock party. Paula; looks like you could use a larger baking sheet for that red snapper :} but sure does look yummy. ColleenB.

By ColleenB. on June 26, 2012

54321

Just wanted to say that I made this pie today and it was awesome. Loved it and it is so easy to make. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Helen

By Helen Syme on June 26, 2012

54321

Hi Mrs. Paula I have been watching your cooking show for a long time. Keep up the good cooking. You keep cooking with butter, sis, because cooking without butter is like a day without Georgia sunshine.

By Glenn R. Paul on June 26, 2012

54321

"See, I take great pride in my ability to “pick” a crab, but it is a learned art. I had to school my friends who were struggling with the little buggers, letting that delicious meat go to waste. I showed them how to pick off the legs, remove the lungs and crack the shell to get at the meat. It’s not pretty, but being pretty won’t fill you up." Why don't you show pictures of how to "pick" a crab so us common folk who don't know how can learn how to get the most from our crabs!

By Anonymous on June 26, 2012

image
Paula Deen
Paula Deen
The Lady's Blog
The Queen of Southern Cuisine muses about her recipes, life and family. See Posts

Brooke Deen
Brooke Deen
Deen Mother
Advice on raising two boys (three counting Jamie). See Posts

Brandon Branch
Brandon Branch
Southern Style
Decorating Inspiration from Paula's Design Director. See Posts

Julia Sayers
Julia Sayers
Hot off the Press
Step behind the pages and let the Associate Editor of Cooking with Paula Deen fill you in on what goes into creating every issue. See Posts

Lisa Scarbrough
Lisa Scarbrough
Thrift Store Mommy
Mom on a dime advice from Paula's Digital Properties Manager. See Posts

Andrea Goto
Andrea Goto
Mom 2.0
Tips from a real-world mom with comedic tendencies. See Posts

Martha Lee
Martha Lee
Earth Mother
Practical, earth-conscious ways to live and parent in the 21st century. See Posts

Susan Greene a.k.a BUBBLES
Susan Greene a.k.a BUBBLES
Bubbles' Corner
Ideas and advice from a 21st Century young at heart Grandmother. See Posts

Cindy Edwards
Cindy Edwards
Southern Proper
Etiquette advice from a true Southern belle. See Posts

image

hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

Where do I buy these magazines
in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm