Thursday, April 29, 2010

44. Shrimp Cocktail Sauce - Sauced

Many holiday gatherings demand a large serving of chilled, cooked shrimp accompanied by a bowl of tangy, red cocktail sauce. A plate of deep fried shrimp had better be accompanied by a few lemon wedges and that red sauce on the side; and those who enjoy raw oysters will also be in line dip into this familiar sauce.

I do not know why anyone would buy cocktail sauce...my mother always made her own and so do I...it is beyond simple. If your goal is to make a serious study of the subject though, there is a whole world of cocktail sauce recipes on-line and the following website seems to have it covered: http://www.shrimpcocktailsauce.com

Their list of recipes, which follows, runs the gamut of simple to complicated:

Classic Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Tequila Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Vodka Shrimp Cocktail Sauce
Garlic Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Shrimp Sauce Recipes-Ketchup Shrimp Cocktail Sauce
Habanero Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Wasabi Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Horseradish Shrimp Cocktail Sauce
Best Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Easy Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Homemade Shrimp Cocktail Sauce
Creole Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Holiday Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Spicy Shrimp Cocktail Sauce
Cajun Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Southwestern Shrimp Cocktail Sauce
Basic Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Mayonnaise Shrimp Cocktail Sauce
Low Carb Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Hot Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Chipotle Shrimp Cocktail Sauce
Heinz Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Mustard Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Sugar Free Shrimp Cocktail Sauce
Japanese Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Without Horseradish-
White Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Whiskey Shrimp Cocktail Sauce-Louisiana Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Today's post reveals the recipe for the sauce I make...it only has (2) ingredients...tastes wonderful. Included are two variations...which are acceptable to my taste buds...but, not necessarily preferred!


My Mother's Shrimp Cocktail Sauce



1 C ketchup
2-3 T horseradish

Measure and mix in a container. Cover and chill.
(I never actually measure the ingredients...it is all done by taste).


Cocktail Sauce #2

1 C ketchup
1-2 T horseradish
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced

Measure and mix all the ingredients in a container. Cover and chill. (Nice lemon aftertaste).


Cocktail Sauce #3

1 C ketchup
1/4 C horseradish
2 T fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp celery salt
1 tsp Tabasco

Measure and mix all the ingredients in a container. Cover and chill. (Very tangy).




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