How to Make Shrimp Cocktail with Two Sauces

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Christmas is a time to indulge both ourselves and our guests. If you're on a budget and want to serve one special treat at your Christmas gathering, shrimp fills the bill. There’s nothing wrong with a classic cocktail sauce, but offering an option livens up the party. Feel free to buy peeled, cooked shrimp if you're short on time.

Shrimp Cocktail with Two Sauces

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

Cocktail Sauce

1/2 cup chili sauce*

1 tablespoon horseradish

1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours for the flavors to develop.

* Chili sauce is a spicy tomato-based sauce that can be found in bottles right next to the ketchup.

Creamy Wasabi Dip

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sour cream

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 to 2 tablespoons wasabi powder

Stir together all the ingredients, starting with 1 tablespoon of the wasabi, in a small bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours for the flavors to develop. Taste and add more wasabi, if desired.

Shrimp

12 cups water

1 large bay leaf

5 black peppercorns

2 pounds large shrimp, shell on (20 to 25 per pound)

  1. Fill a large stock pot with 12 cups water, the bay leaf, and the peppercorns. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat.

  2. Add the shrimp, cover the pot, and bring back to a boil, stirring the shrimp up from the bottom once or twice so that they cook evenly. Boil the shrimp until they just begin to turn pink, for about 2 minutes. Keep covered, turn off the heat, and let sit a few more minutes until the shrimp are cooked through.

  3. Drain in a colander and immediately place shrimp in an ice bath to stop further cooking and prevent tough shrimp.

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  4. Peel and devein the shrimp. You may refrigerate them in an airtight container overnight.

    Leave the last segment and the tail intact; this gives guests something to hold onto to.

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  5. To serve, arrange the shrimp in a bowl set in a larger bowl filled with ice. Offer the Cocktail Sauce and Creamy Wasabi Dip in separate bowls, along with lots of paper napkins.

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