Last weekend the Play Gourmets took a quick trip over to West Palm Beach FL, and what we found was a restaurant that perfectly captured the essence of South Florida.
There is something about being on Florida’s Atlantic coast that makes me crave the ocean’s delectable treats. This is where the restaurant Hog Snappers shines. They have a dish that basically combines all ocean life in a large bowl of white wine sauce, the Tequesta Seafood Feast. It has crab, lobster, clams, mussels, fish, shrimp, scallops, squid, and some potatoes and corn on the cob to mix it up. There is just something satisfying about having a huge bowl of creatures sat in front of you.
While there, we met the head chef, Ramon Hevia, who offered us a behind the scenes tour of the operation. He showed us how they put together their Paella, which has nearly all the same things in it that my feast had.
Now, if this story hasn’t inspired you to try your own seafood feast, then allow me one last effort. As I said before, not only do you get a ton of wonderful flavors and textures with a seafood feast, but you also get that intangible satisfaction of seeing all of those creatures in front of you.
What I love about making your own seafood feast, is that there is almost no way to mess it up. You can use white wine and butter, or water with creole seasoning, or you can even use a tomato base.
We decided to go with crab, lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, crawfish, a couple different kinds of sausage, some potatoes and corn on the cob. We haven’t given our little Play Gourmet shellfish yet, but he loved the sausage, potatoes, and corn (cooked separately).
We put a plastic table cloth down and dump the food all over the table. Fun, beautiful, and delicious.