Friday, December 17, 2021

Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil paired with a Cremant Cocktail for a fun Holiday Celebration #FishFridayFoodies #Winophiles

Shrimp Boils are not just for summertime fun.  They can be just as fun during the busy holiday season utilizing your slow cooker to free up your time for gift wrapping and cookie baking.

Shrimp Boil and Kir Royale

I served my shrimp boil up with a traditional French Cocktail, a Kir Royale, often served at Christmas gatherings and inspired by the memoir, My Grape Christmas.
My Grape Christmas

This is the third in a series by Canadian, Laura Bradbury, who met her future husband while an exchange student in France.  This tells of their first Christmas back in France after he had moved to be with her in Canada.  There were lots of festivities and lots of Kir Royales using Cremant from Burgundy where her fiance's family resides.

Ingredients for Kir Royale

Kir Royale is a Kir Cocktail that uses Cremant instead of Champagne.  It is much less expensive, yet just as delicious and festive.  It is made using a Tablespoon of Creme de Cassis and then filling the flute with Cremant.  It turns a gorgeous color and tastes wonderful with bubbles that tickle the nose.

It was providence that I was reading this memoir at the same time that Susannah of Avvinare invited us to join her to Celebrate the Holidays with Cremant.  We are all meeting up for twitter chat tomorrow morning to talk about this lovely sparkling wine and how it plays so nicely into holiday celebrations.  You are welcome to join us a 11 AM ET following #Winophiles.  Here are some of the topics we will be discussing........

Shrimp Boil

When Sue of Palatable Pastime asked us to join her in a Holiday Seafood Boil for our Fish Friday group I knew that the Kir Royale would be a great pairing.  

I decided to make my shrimp boil using the slow cooker on a day that I was busy in the kitchen making cookies and breads for the holidays.  I served the corn on the side as it is not corn season here in Michigan.  

Let's take a look at what other seafood boils are being shared today.......

Shrimp Boil pin

This makes a wonderful, easy meal that can easily be served to family during the week or shared with guests over the weekend.  Hope your holidays are going smoothly.  Only 8 more days until the 1st Day of Christmas!!

Seafood, Shrimp, Crockpot, SlowCooker, One pot meals, Sausage
Entrees, Shrimp, Pork
Yield: 8 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil

Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil

Shrimp Boils are not just for summertime fun. They can be just as fun during the busy holiday season utilizing your slow cooker to free up your time for gift wrapping and cookie baking.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 4 H & 30 MTotal time: 4 H & 35 M


  • 1/4 c. old bay seasoning, divided
  • 1 1/2 lbs raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 8 oz. smoked sausage, cut into 2" pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large vidalia onion, cut into eighths
  • 3 lbs baby potatoes, cut in half if large
  • juice of 1 lemon


  1. Place the potatoes, onion, garlic, and bay leaf into the crock of a slow cooker. Sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons of the Old Bay Seasoning and add 4 cups of water. Cook on low, covered, for 4 hrs.
  2. Add the sausage and shrimp to the slow cooker. Sprinkle with remaining Old Bay Seasoning, turn heat to high, cover and cook for 30-45 minutes, until shrimp is pink and sausage is heated through.


Adapted from a recipe found at Food Network


  1. It's so great that you can do this in the slow cooker!! P.S. Love your Christmas stemware!

  2. Thanks Karen. A gift from my mil. Sweet memories when we use them.

  3. Great suggestion to have dinner bubbling away in the background while we get the other holiday tasks done!

  4. I love reminders of putting our multicookers to use even with dishes like seafood boils - they are such great tools especially this time of year!

  5. Gosh you've brought back some good memories Wendy. Kir Royales were my jam back in the day!


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