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Knock knock knock.
It’s but a few days till we all begin our 2017 crash diets, but before that starts let’s keep the fatty food fiesta going! Here is one in a series of apps and starters that I am presenting moving toward New Year’s celebrations. Today’s is The Gentleman’s Miller Lite Shrimp Cocktail.
This dish is actually not fatty or gross, just a bit indulgent. It’s a luxurious starter and also can function as a passed hors d’oeuvre on little spoons with a dollop of sauce.
Ceramic asian soup spoons work well for individual servings of appetizers. They make them in recyclable plastic, too.
Dad and Poppa pretty much always drank Miller Lite when I was growing up, and they both loved a shrimp boil. So this is a bit of an homage to my dad and his dad.
What you need:
- 1 12 ounce can of Miller Lite (or your favorite beer)
- 6 ounces water
- 1 pound shrimp, peels on**
- peels of one lemon
- 3 tablespoons crab boil***
- 2 teaspoons salt
**Shrimp are classified numerically by how many pieces you get per pound. 21/25 shrimp = you will get between 21 and 25 shrimp per pound. U15 means you will get Under 15 shrimp per pound. I like about 16 shrimp per pound. Indulgent, sizable, but not giant. Also, try to get E-Z Peel shrimp. That means they’ve been deveined and you won’t have to deal with removing the intestinal track. Gross.
***My preferred brand is Kalustayan’s House Blend http://kalustyans.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=8638&search=crab+boil – but Zatarain’s and Tony Cachere’s are fine, too. Just less complex. Be sure that salt is not an ingredient in your crab boil.
In a saucepan, combine liquids, lemon peels, crab boil and salt. Bring to boil.
Add shrimp. Boil for exactly four minutes and not a moment longer. Remove from sauce pan, put in a bowl with ice and lemon slices.
When they are a temp you can work with, peel them. Allow the shrimp to get very cold before serving.
I like to serve them with this basic, easy cocktail sauce.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup of ketchup
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons grated horseradish
- dash of fresh black pepper
- siracha, Frank’s Red Hot, or Texas Pete to taste
- 1 tablespoon of smashed capers (optional)
Combine all ingredients. Allow to sit before serving, allowing the flavors to merge.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a shrimp. This is certain to please your guests, or maybe just you!
Happy New Year.
xo – The Gentleman Caller