Shrimp cocktail is a delightful appetizer.
It’s refreshing, hearty yet light and delicious.
And aren’t these little guys just adorable? Though they look like GIANTS given the size of this picture, ha ha!
I can’t take all the credit for them though. I did create them, yes, but the idea for them didn’t totally come from me.
My inspiration came from 24 Carrots, a local catering company that I used to work for. I worked as a server, catering high-end parties and over-the-top weddings.
One of the most requested, and enjoyed, appetizers we offered was the shrimp cocktail. Not only were the shrimp incredibly tasty, but they were served in a very impressive way.
Each jumbo shrimp was hung on the side of a tiny champagne glass that had been filled with spicy cocktail sauce and garnished with endive and fresh chives.
We’d fill a tray full, deliver them to guests and then listen to them rant and rave.
I served my own version of this shrimp cocktail as a surprise appetizer at a very special birthday celebration that I hosted a few weeks ago.
The guest of honor was just tickled, feeling especially blessed by the thoughtfulness, amazing presentation and taste of this dish.
It was the perfect amount, leaving us with plenty of room to thoroughly enjoy what followed: marinated, grilled flank steak with sauteed mushrooms, goat cheese biscuits, mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette and angel food cake with fresh strawberries and whip cream.
I do hope you grab a few small glasses of your own and enjoy a shrimp cocktail for yourself!
8 jumbo shrimp, fully cooked with tail on
1 bottle of cocktail sauce
1 lemon, sliced
1 small bunch of parsley (or any fresh herb), rinsed and cut into small sprigs
4 small glasses
Place a small amount of cocktail sauce in the bottom of each glass, being careful not to pour it down the sides of the glass. Hang two shrimps on the rim of each glass. Cut a small slit in each slice of lemon. Place one slice of lemon on the rim of each glass. Garnish by placing a small sprig of parsley into the cocktail sauce in the center of each glass.