I will never forget my Grandma's Christmas parties, they meant one thing and one thing only- SHRIMP COCKTAIL TIME!!! This was both blessing and a curse. As we (my mom, aunt, grandma and I) gathered around the kitchen table to peel and devein shrimp; lots and lots of shrimp. That part was no fun, but it was all worth it for those wonderful shrimp and Grandma's white cocktail sauce.
Yes I said white cocktail sauce. This recipe had two uses that I can remember, and they were polar opposites. This sauce was used at Passover for Gelfite fish and at the Christmas party for shrimp. Not so Kosher I know, but oh so tasty.
Not sure where the origins of this sauce came from but I love it and relish any excuse to enjoy it. In a recent cooking class I updated the classic shrimp cocktail by grilling them and serving them with classic red and my beloved white cocktail sauce.
Grilled Jumbo Shrimp with Red and White Cocktail SauceServes 6 appetizers
1/3 cup Grape seed oil½ tsp Black pepper
1 ½ tsp Old Bay
3 tbsp Fresh lemon juice
Cut through shells of shrimp; along middle of back, using kitchen shears or a paring knife. Exposing the vein, devein shrimp, leaving shells and tail in place.
Prepare grill with medium-hot charcoal or gas grill.
In a bowl stir together grape seed oil, pepper, old bay and lemon juice.
Toss shrimp in in oil and spice mixture and marinate for 15 minutes. (no more than 15 minutes or texture of shrimp will change if marinated too long.)
Grill shrimp for about 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until pink and firm.
Remove from grill and serve shrimp hot or refrigerate till cold.
Red Cocktail Sauce1/2 cup Ketchup
1 to 1 ½ tbsp Prepared horseradish
2 dashes Crystal or a Louisiana style hot sauce
¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup Lemon juice
Combine all ingredients and chill till ready to serve.
White Cocktail Sauce
½ cup Mayonnaise
½ tsp Sugar
1 tsp Onion, finely minced
¼ tsp Garlic, finely minced
2 tbsp Fresh dill chopped
1 ½ tbsp Parsley, chopped
1 tsp Prepared horseradish
2 tbsp to ¼ cup Lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Stir together all ingredients and add lemon juice to taste; chill till ready to serve.