Serving steamed shrimp on New Year's Eve is a tradition that my grandmother started before I was born. Throughout my childhood while my mother and father went out on New Year's Eve, I stayed with my grandparents on their farm in Millington, Maryland. We would eat steamed shrimp, cheese and crackers, and chips and dip. Then we would play card games like Crazy Eights or Rummy. Sometimes if we got tired before midnight my grandmother and I would go to sleep, but set the alarm for 11:55 to watch the ball fall in Times Square on their large console television. On New Year's Day my mother would come pick me up from my grandmother's house and we would make shrimp salad for lunch.
I don't think my grandmother added lemon juice to her shrimp salad and I know she never deveined a shrimp in her life, but other than that, the recipe that is found on the Old Bay website is very similar to hers. In addition to mayonnaise, lemon juice, Old Bay seasoning, and shrimp, chopped celery can also be added. The finished shrimp salad is delicious on a sandwich or with crackers. It is the perfect lunch for a hard day of undecorating. Happy New Year!
Old Bay Shrimp Salad Recipe
adapted from the Old Bay website (www.oldbay.com)
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup celery, finely chopped (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 pound cooked shrimp, peeled and diced
- Whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, and Old Bay seasoning until smooth and creamy.
- Fold in shrimp and celery.
- Serve on a bed of lettuce, a sandwich, or with crackers.
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