A few months ago, the lovely Yinzerella from Dinner is Served 1972 very kindly sent Jenny from Silver Screen Suppers and me some sachets of her favourite seasoning, Old Bay.  I had never tasted Old Bay before but…oh boy!  Man alive, that stuff is good!!!  I have been on an Old Bay cooking frenzy ever since!  

Old Bay Shrimp BroilSo much so that in celebration of Yinzerella’s  lovely gesture, I am going to run a series of posts through October featuring Old Bay…and I have convinced Yinz and Jenny to join in.  If you have a favourite Old Bay recipe why not join us? 

As I had never tasted Old Bay before, for my first foray I wanted to do something kind of traditional but you know, also with my own twist.  I found a classic recipe for an Old Bay Shrimp Boil and decided to use those ingredients to make something of my own.

And, given that this was in the height of my kebab mania, I decided to take the traditional ingredients – shrimp, smoked sausage, corn and potatoes and skewer them. 

Old Bay Shrimp Broil2I used chorizo as my sausage of choice, I thought the smoky paprika flavours would go nicely with all the other ingredients.

I par-boiled the tiny potatoes first…

Speaking of which, don’t you just love this?  One of the girls at work has it on her desk and it makes me smile every time I see it. 

tiny-potatoI then skewered it all up:Old Bay Shrimp Broil3And made a special sauce of all the good things – melted butter, chopped garlic, lemon juice and, of course, some Old Bay Seasoning.

Old Bay Shrimp Broil4I then basted the skewers with the butter and Old Bay mixture then popped the skewers under the grill.  I checked them every few minutes, quarter turning them to ensure even cooking and basted with the Old Bay mixture each time. 

Old Bay Shrimp BroilThese Old Bay Shrimp Broil Skewers were delicious and a fabulous way to experience Old Bay for the first time!!! I can’t even tell you if I liked the Old Bay on the shrimp, the corn or the tiny potatoes the best.  And chorizo is good all the time!

After a start like this, I am so looking forward to the rest of the month – I hope you are too!

Old Bay Shrimp Broil6

Old Bay Shrimp Broil Skewers
Yields 6
My delicious take on the classic Old Bay Shrimp Boil
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  1. 12 jumbo shrimp, deveined, tails left on
  2. 2 chorizo sausages, cut into 12 slices
  3. 12 tiny potatoes
  4. 1 corn cob cut into 6 pieces
  5. 2 tbsp butter
  6. 2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  7. 1 garlic clove, crushed
  8. Juice of half a lemon
  9. Salt and Pepper
  1. Place your tiny potatoes in saucepan with water to cover and some salt.
  2. Bring the water to boil. Turn off the heat, cover and leave your potatoes on the hot burner for around 8-12 minutes. This will vary depending on the size of the potato. You want the potato to be cooked on the outside but still hard-ish in the middle.
  3. Drain.
  4. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat.
  5. Add the garlic, Old Bay and Lemon juice and stir to combine.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Heat your grill to 180c (350F).
  8. Thread the shrimp, chorizo, tiny potatoes and corn onto skewers.
  9. Brush with the Old Bay butter mixture and place under the grill.
  10. Wait 3-4 minutes, turn your skewers 90 degrees.
  11. Brush with the Old Bay butter mixture.
  12. Repeat until all ingredients are cooked.
  13. Eat.
  14. Enjoy!
  1. You could add other vegetables to the skewers if you wanted.
Adapted from oldbay.com
Adapted from oldbay.com
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Have a great week and remember, there is a tiny potato that believes in you. 

And you can do that thing!

And if that thing is joining us in posting Old Bay Recipes this month so much the better! Just use the hashtag OldBay in your posts and/or drop me a  link in the comments!

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