Eagle Island - Cooking, Ecology & Low Country Boil
PRIVATE ISLANDS OF GEORGIA
PRIVATE ISLANDS OF GEORGIA are far “from reality – near perfection”. They are one of America’s most secluded collections of private islands on the Atlantic coast. A 10-minute boat ride from Darien, Georgia (a small fishing town 60 miles south of Savannah), Eagle Island offers an extra-ordinary vacation hideaway for nature lovers, sportsmen, girls’ escapes, honeymooners and families. Each island offers all the wilderness and mystique one could expect of a Southern coastal island.
Eagle Lodge sits alone – surrounded by wildlife and fauna in their natural environment, offering peace, quiet and complete seclusion if vacationers want it. Thousands of acres of Georgia coastal marsh separate the island off from the rest of the world, although the wild beaches of Sapelo Island are only a short boat ride away and the Darien docks are nearby if dining at a restaurant is the day’s plan. A full kitchen inside and nature-lovers’ outdoor kitchen are alluring since guests bring food, beverages and an enthusiasm for preparing freshly caught crab and fish from the islands’ private docks.
Here you can explore the dazzling and miraculous Georgia salt marsh eco system, take coastal cruises or watch a full moon rising. Each Island is only accessible via boat; owner/Cap’n Andy Hill provides round-trip transportation with each visit. Private Islands of Georgia are a “5-Moon Getaway” – No agenda, No clock, No deadlines, Yes fun ~ Privacy is our Priority.
Cooking and Foodie Adventures
Low country boil, fresh shrimp, bar bq and blue crab! In this private hideaway of natural beauty, you will discover a perfect place to unwind and eat well. Dine inside the luxurious Lodge or outdoors under the Georgia coast constellations. Cap’n Andy has designed an Outdoor state-of-the-art Kitchen as well as full-service kitchen inside the Lodge. It’s low-key luxury where you bring your own selections of food, wine & spirits, beverages, snacks and culinary recipes (IF you need them!).
This is a vacation where you can flex your culinary muscles since there isn’t a chef to take your order. Options: Order Southern Georgia seafood, BBQ and regional specialties – meticulously arranged by Cap’n Andy and Guest Services. Fish on the dock and catch a huge bounty of crab or fish; while they’re boiling, build a bonfire and watch for the grand eagles.
There are many optional services at your fingertips.
• Plan your meals ahead and bring a cooler with all of your personal food choices
• Have Cap’n Andy and Guest Services assist with buying groceries on the mainland before your arrival
• Order signature dishes from some of the finest seafood restaurants in the area
The sky is the limit…or you can trust your fishing skills and eat the day’s catch when the sun goes down!
Cap’n Andy has a few helpful hints:
• Keep it simple! Bring along foods that are easy to transport. Refrigeration and freezers are plentiful on the Island
• Picnics are fun on the porch, at the dock, in a kayak or going to the beach
• Coolers and ice are provided on the island
• Guests don’t have to bring ‘everything’. There is a long list of items that are provided that include: plates, silverware, cups, glassware, napkins, picnic baskets, pots & pans, BBQ grills, crab pots, fine culinary gadgets and equipment, coffee maker, blender, condiments, bottles of water, corkscrew, flashlight, etc.
Private Islands of Georgia Low Country Boil
SPECIAL Seasoning Blend:
2 sticks butter
1 cup pepper
1/2 cup red pepper
1 cup garlic salt
1/2 cup seasoning salt
1/2 cup celery salt
10 lemons, halved and juiced
10 jalapeno peppers - thinly sliced
Melt butter in large sauce pan on low to medium heat. Mix all of the dry ingredients from the Private Islands of Georgia Seasoning Blend in bowl and stir with wire whisk. Pour contents of mixing bowl into melted butter and stir with wire whisk until well blended. Pour fresh squeezed lemon juice into pan and stir. Add jalapeno pepper slices and stir. Add mixture to boiling water, and now the fun begins!
Note - Old Bay Seasoning can be substituted for the Private Islands of Georgia Seasoning Blend if desired
Low Country Boil Ingredients
4 pounds shrimp - 1/2 pound per person
2 packages Hillshire Farm sausage cut into 1" slices - or substitute your favorite brand
8 onions, peeled - 1 per person (or more - see note below)
16 new potatoes - 2 per person (or more - see note below)
4 ears of corn, halved - 1/2 ear per person
small bag of baby carrots
Note - other ingredients that can be added to personal taste are rutabagas, sweet potatoes, crabs, crawfish or the 'kitchen sink'. Adding extra potatoes and onions allows for leftovers that can be used for some great tasting hash browns the following morning.
After adding the Private Islands of Georgia Seasoning Blend to the boiling water, you are now ready to add the food. The food items are added in order of longest to shortest to cook. First, add the potatoes and boil 10 minutes. Next, add the carrots, sausage and whole onions. Return to boil. Add corn and return to boil. Then, add the shrimp last. Cook until shrimp are pink in color, approximately 3-5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp!
Cocktail sauce, lemon wedges and plenty of napkins