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Lowcountry Boil Sliders

{Appetizer Winner} Angie Pitts Leave it to a middle school teacher to pare down a plateful of Lowcountry boil into a simple, easy-to-eat bite. Inspired by her grandfather’s love of Charleston cuisine, Angie Pitts created this cool slider that packs a smart dose of Old Bay and spicy cocktail sauce with hearty hunks of shrimp, sausage, potato, and corn. “It’s a Lowcountry boil without all the work,” beams Pitts.
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  • 1 lb. red potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil, divided
  • 2 small shallots, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup white corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 6 oz. smoked hard sausage, diced (turkey or chicken preferred)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 6 oz. shrimp, peeled, deveined, & diced
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 12 slider rolls (as thin as possible)
  • Cocktail sauce (recipe follows)

Cocktail Sauce
(Makes approximately 1/2 cup)

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Place potatoes in a medium pot filled halfway with lightly salted cold water. Bring to a boil and cook potatoes until fork tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain potatoes and mash with a potato masher. Set aside to cool.

Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add shallots, garlic, corn, sausage, Old Bay, salt, and pepper. Sauté for eight to 10 minutes, or until shallots are translucent. Set aside to cool.

Combine mashed potatoes, corn and sausage mixture, shrimp, eggs, Panko, and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Mix thoroughly and refrigerate for 10 minutes.

Shape mixture into 12 small patties, about three inches in diameter. Heat remaining olive oil in medium sauté pan over medium heat. Working in batches of four, sauté patties for three minutes on each side.

While patties are cooking, wrap buns in foil and warm them in oven. When patties are done, spread buns with cocktail sauce and place patties. Serve with remaining cocktail sauce on the side.

For the Cocktail Sauce
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.