Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Shrimp Cocktail with Homemade Cocktail Sauce

I'm bringing the 60's back. That's right folks, Shrimp Cocktail! You may ask why, and the answer is simple; there is no other appetizer that is easier to make while being utterly delicious at the same time. I'm a bit of a control freak. I admit it and yes, I am working on it. Well, in all other areas of my life except for the kitchen. I just can't let go. Particularly where entertaining is concerned. That's why I am all for fool-proof appetizers, especially during the frantic holiday season. It doesn't really get more fool-proof than Shrimp Cocktail. All you have to do is boil the shrimp and the cocktail sauce can be made the night before, ideal.

Now, I know many of you have shunned Cocktail Sauce but I personally love it. So I'm including a homemade recipe here because it's far too easy to make at home that there is no need to buy it.

Happy Holidays everyone!


Shrimp Cocktail:
1 lb raw shrimp, shells on, deveined
2 TBSP Old Bay Seasoning
1/2 lemon

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place the shrimp, old bay seasoning and lemon in the boiling water. Boil shrimp for 3-4 minutes, or just until pink. Drain the shrimp and place them in the refrigerator until thoroughly chilled. Once chilled, remove the shrimp from the fridge and peel the shrimp, leaving the tails intact. Serve with lemon wedges and cocktail sauce. Optional: Serve the shrimp on a bed of bibb lettuce or crushed ice.

Cocktail Sauce:
1/2 cup ketchup
1 1/2 tsp hot horseradish
couple dashes Worcestershire
couple dashes tobasco
1 tsp lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate.


Greg Turner said...

Shrimp cocktail was one of my favorites as a kid. This looks like a great recipe for it!

Thanks, too, for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I love visitors :)

Do you take your own photographs?

~Madeline~ said...

Hi Greg! I love visitors too :) I actually have my own personal food photographer...my boyfriend ;D I'm simply not good at photography and I'm not afraid to admit it!

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