A shrimp boil sure is a fun, delicious way to bring people together. It’s communal eating at its best (and easiest).
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In only 20 minutes, you can turn out a hot pot of Boiled Shrimp with Tangy Cocktail Sauce onto a newspaper-lined picnic table, and everyone will gather together and dig into the shared pile of goodies. Check out just how easy it is to make:

To complete the menu, serve with ice-cold beer, a big pitcher of iced tea, a roll of paper towels, and any combo of these complementary sides:

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Often, corn on the cob gets boiled with the shrimp, but we like the upgrade of Grilled and Dilled Corn on the Cob—an elevated, herby take on Mexican elote.

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Step up the potato game with Baby Potatoes with Arugula Pesto. You can make them ahead and serve cold—offering a cooling break from the spicy cocktail sauce.

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Bring in the three Cs: color, crunch, and creaminess. Mardi Gras Slaw has them all, and a ton of flavor to boot.

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Make a double batch of Watermelon-Cucumber Salad, and serve it nice and cold. Juicy, sweet, herby, and fresh!

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In place of hush puppies, serve easier Parmesan-Corn Bread Muffins. You can even make them in mini muffin pans for two-bite pick-ups.