Sunday, December 11, 2011

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

This is the time of year where we are scrambling for entertaining dishes that are easy to prepare and to serve guests.

This is how you improve on shrimp cocktail.  Roast the shrimp, don't boil and prepare a good spicy cocktail dipping sauce.


Roasted Shrimp Cocktail
Serves 6-8
Recipe from Ina Garten

For The Shrimp
2 pounds (12 to 15 count) shrimp
1 tablespoon good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the Sauce
1/2 cup Heinz chili sauce
1/2 cup Heinz ketchup
3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the tails on.  Place them on a sheet pan with the olive oil, salt, and pepper and spread them in one layer.  Roast for 8-10 minutes, just until pink and firm and cooked through.  Set aside to cool.

For the sauce, combine the chili sauce, ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco.  Serve as a dip with the shrimp.

Enjoy!

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39 comments:

Susan said...

How beautiful! A very simple way to get the best taste of shrimp!!

Gloria said...

I adore shrimps and these look wonderful:)))

christo AKA doggybloggy said...

very nice - what time should we come by?

Big Dude said...

I like the idea of roasting or grilling vs. boiling to retain the flavor - nice presentation also

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Wonderful idea! There is no better appetizer to me for the holidays than a shrimp cocktail. I love your tweaks to the cocktail sauce too. Delish!

Heather @ girlichef.com said...

mmmm...I love the thought of roasting the shrimp. This sounds divine!

From the Kitchen said...

I've been going through my shrimp recipes for the holidays and, just this morning, came to the conclusion that I'd do a simple shrimp cocktail. This recipe is even simpler and, I think, even tastier. Thanks for the impetus that I needed. Love Ina's cocktail sauce.

Best,
Bonnie

Sommer Jones said...

these look incredible!!!! i need to find some good fresh shrimp for it. starving.blogspot.com lol

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

If roasting does as much for shrimp as it does for vegetables, I am going to LOVE this recipe!! So simple with a very festive presentation. Thank you, Velva. blessings ~ tanna

Farmchick said...

One of my favorite things.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I really like the flavor when roasting shrimp vs boiling. Great presentation Velva.
Sam

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Roasting is a great idea - that would help guarantee I don't overcook the shrimp, which I often do!

Chris said...

Great party tray and roasting is definitely the way to go.

Bo said...

Roasted shrimp have much better flavor than boiled.

That Girl said...

I'll tell you a secret- I've never actually had shrimp cocktail! But I did grill up some shrimp tonight and make a po-boy sandwich!

Ann said...

It looks amazing and your plating is beautiful!

Meatloaf Recipe said...

Delicious recipe! It's make me hungry :) Thanks a lot for sharing.

Barbara said...

Ina is one smart cookie. Roasting shrimp tastes so much better....actually roasting anything is better! :) Shrimp cocktail is the first thing to go at a buffet. Delicious!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

I could easily dig into that whole platter and leave you with nothing but the sauce to look at:) I love cocktail shrimp but the fact that you have that roasted flavor tied in there is AMAZING!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Wowzer! Yummy, you'd have to make more than one for me!!!!!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Oh my goodness - looks SO good! Love the fact that they are roasted - so much more flavor. Thanks for signing up to follow!!
Mary x

Rita said...

Love to serve shrimp cocktail, but I usually boil them. You way sounds much more interesting ans is a must try.
Rita

Claudia said...

Yes! Bookmarked. Must make soon!

Abbey said...

I love a good shrimp cocktail! And we do actually boil ours, but we boil them in half beer/half water, then we toss it in some good olive oil, salt and parsley so they have some good flavor. And we always use chili sauce! Yum!
Roasting it sounds like a great idea!!

Pierce said...

Velva, I am so glad you posted this recipe. I tried roasting shrimp once and it turned out poorly, now I see I overbaked it. This looks great, for entertaining or just as an appetizer before a romantic dinner :-)

Hungry Dog said...

This sounds infinitely more interesting than boiled shrimp. I remember seeing her make this on the show and wishing someone would serve it to me at a party!

Intuitive Eggplant said...

Yes, roasted shrimp can't be beat. I love Ina Garten's recipe for roasted shrimp salad too. And I adore those miniature glasses. Matter of fact, I have some that are quite similar :)

Best wishes to you, Velva, during the holiday season!

Joanne said...

Great idea to to roast the shrimp! I don't think I've ever seen it done this way before!

Susan Fields said...

Shrimp has been my favorite food since I was a little girl, and I make it for dinner fairly often. I never thought of roasting it in the oven - I'll have to give that a try!

Southerncook said...

Velva, At my daughters wedding 2 years ago we served Ina's Roasted Shrimp as a passed appetizer for the pre-reception. I gave the recipe to the caterers but I also had them use a French herbed sea salt (went and bought it for them so they would be sure to use it) and it was delicious, giving the shrimp a little crunch that was wonderful. It comes from The French Farm and it is the Fishermans Blend. I use these herbed sea salts all the time and use the Gardeners Blend most often. We can get it here locally too, Simply Entertaining.

Susan at Foods Glorious Foods recommended them to me and said she uses the Gardeners Blend in her pasta water. I now never cook pasta that I don't use it.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Lovely and so festive! a perfect Xmas starter.

Cheers,

Rosa

Katerina said...

Perfect appetizer for a friend or family gathering!

Jay said...

ohhh...they look splendid...feel like tasting it right now..;)
Tasty Appetite

Reeni said...

One of my favorites! Never fails to please! Happy Holidays!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
This is a perfect appetizer looks so Yummy for my dinner party's. I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my Blue Christmas Tablescape. I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
XXOO Diane

Stephanie said...

This is fun for a holiday party.

Cajunlicious said...

Beautiful and I bet delicious!

D. @ Outside Oslo said...

Those sound really tasty. Isn't it fun to have appetizers for events? People can graze while they mingle, and the host doesn't have to worry about people going hungry if the meal is late with being prepared!

LDH said...

I have been enjoying perusing many of your posts and had to stop here. Shrimp cocktail is one of my favorite and roasting them sounds perfect. You have a lovely blog and I had a great time visiting with you!

Kindly, Lorraine

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