7/14/09

Shrimp Bruchetta Appetizers and a Chance to WIN a Summer Beach Bonanza from Old Bay!

On my websites I often talk about the beach, post recipes for seafood and dream about the day we can finally relocate there... even if I'm 80 years old before this happens! For the time being God see's fit to plant us in the Midwest and we trek to the beach once a year to soak up as much sun, sand and surf as we can. In the meantime I make seafood in some capacity here at home at least once or twice a week.

Anyone who makes seafood even once or twice a year probably has a tin of OLD BAY seasoning in their cupboard. I have (no lie... brace yourself here) 3 large tins of regular OLD BAY seasoning and a small tin of the their new Garlic Herb blend seasoning and a small packet of a trial of yet another new version. Yes, you could say I'm an OLD BAY fan. But not just for seafood! It's a 'secret' ingredient in many other recipes including fried chicken, grilled chicken, pasta salads and mashed potatoes!

Todays recipe is Zesty Shrimp Bruschetta. Bruschetta comes from the Italian word buscare, which means "to roast over coals."

Shrimp Bruschetta

1 pound cooked shrimp, finely chopped
1 plum tomato, finely chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
1 egg white
2 teaspoons OLD BAY® Seasoning
1 loaf French bread
1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic Powder
2 tablespoons mayonnaise


Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix shrimp, tomato, green onion, olive oil, egg white, OLD BAY and garlic powder in medium bowl until blended. Slice bread into 24 (1/2-inch thick) slices. Place on baking sheet; broil until lightly toasted on both sides. Spread lightly with mayo, then spoon shrimp mixture evenly over bread slices. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until heated through and lightly browned.

And now for the CONTEST! The legend of OLD BAY began in 1939 with German immigrant Gustav Brunn, who settled in Baltimore and developed the perfect secret seasoning for steaming the crabs that were so popular among the people there. Originally called "Delicious Brand Shrimp and Crab Seasoning" sometime later he renamed it OLD BAY Shrimp and Crab Seasoning after a steamship line that traveled the Chesapeake between Maryland and Virginia.

They are now celebrating their 70th 'birthday' and want to share their summer party with you by sending one lucky winner a Beach Bonanza package that includes a great beach bag, beach towel, a bottle opener, OLD BAY seasoning and more. Perfect for a day at the beach, a shrimp boil and cold drink.

I will chose one lucky reader at RANDOM from all those who enter by 6:am on Friday, July 17th. Old Bay will ship the package directly to you after I contact them with the winning name and address so be sure if you enter I can reach you with a WORKING EMAIL addy to get your shipping information. If I can't reach the winner within 24 hours I'll draw a second name instead.

How do you enter? CLICK HERE to email me and place your name in the 'beach bag' for a drawing Friday morning!!!




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