The shrimp cocktail has been a popular appetizer for over 100 years. Simple and fun to build, it is a perfect Tapa Tuesday treat.
raw or pre-cooked shrimp-- number depending on how many you plan to eat!
For cocktail sauce:
1 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon horseradish
For sauce: Mix together all ingredients and chill. Store any leftovers in the refridgerator.
For shrimp: Buying pre-cooked, peeled, and deveined shrimp is a real time saver, but if you can't find them or just want the experience of doing it yourself, start by putting the raw shrimp in ice water to keep cold while you work. (If your shrimp are cooked already, skip this part and head straight to building your cocktail). Pull off the legs and shell of the shrimp and using a small knife, cut along the outer edge of the shrimp's back, about 1/4-inch deep, and pull out the dark vein. If you can't see one, you are fine. Return the shrimp to the ice water until ready to cook.
To cook: Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil (about a tbsp of salt for 2 quarts of water), add the shrimp, and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until cooked through.
Build your cocktail: Presentation is the fun of the shrimp cocktail, I believe. Let the kids get creative. I like to serve mine in a martini glass with the sauce in the middle, perhaps with a wedge of lemon, but each family member can present their shrimp cocktail any way they like. Enjoy!