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Nov 23, 2010 07:41 AM

Boiled Potatoes with Old Bay

My husband has put in a request for boiled potatoes with Old Bay Seasoning for our Thanksgiving additon to my fabulous buttery mashed potatoes. He wants the potatoes (a medley of fingerlings) to be seasoned and taste like potatoes that come out of crab/shrimp boils. Is there a way to simulate those flavors without having to actually put together all of those ingredients?

Thanks for your help!

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  1. When I make a crawfish boil, I'll use onion and celery as aromatics. Without assembling ALL the ingredients (like corn and the crab), I'd suggest to throw an onion or two into the water, along with Old Bay and celery (or at least celery powder). Bring to a boil for awhile, then add your potatoes. Once almost done, shut heat and let steep to soak up the flavors.

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    1. re: porker

      In addition to the Old Bay and possibly some mirepoix, you could put a bottle of clam juice into your water, or some Better Than Bouillon (comes in 3 bases - lobster, clam, or fish).

        1. re: Perilagu Khan

          Potatoes absorb seasoning better with the flesh exposed - so if not peeled, then at least sliced.

      1. re: porker

        Old bay is pretty high on the celery seed already.

        1. re: chefj

          Looked for the stuff in my local grocer's without success. Dam' shame. We have Zatarain's Shrimp and Crab Boil, though.

      2. I have made this recipe several times - I usually add a little more vinegar and a little more old bay

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        1. re: folprivate

          Sorry, I had asked for tips on how to boil potatoes with Old Bay to mirror seafood boils, rather than potato salad. Thanks, though.

        2. to simulate the seafood bake- I'd leave the onions (or at lest some) cut fairly large. One of the dominant features of a MD seafood bake is onions cooked till their droopy and thick with old bay. porker's & greygarious' suggestions sound right on. I think I'd use shrimp stock over clam juice but that might just be my tastes.

          1. I would boil new poatoes un peeled with Old Bay seasoned water and then sprinkle them with Old Bay after they come out of the water. I had friend who prepared potatoes with Old Bay regularly.

            1. Thanks very much for your ideas. I incorporated them all to make my husband the potatoes he so desired. Dropped the slightly peeled potatoes in the water that included salt, pepper, Old Bay, a corn cob, one onion, and one stalk of celery. Boiled until fork tender. He was thrilled.