I have long loved my kinda homemade cocktail sauce. Sure, I start out with jarred chili sauce, and ketchup, and horseradish, and stuff; but, when combined correctly, the whole is so much more than just the sum of its parts.
I have always been careful to select chili sauce with no corn sweeteners, prepared horseradish from a local source, good lemon juice (and lots of it!), my fave Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce, and, of course a very good, well balanced ketchup.
I’ve gone and found something a bit better.
78 Red Spicy Ketchup is imported from Poland by a Chicago company and, while I love spicy and I love this ketchup; it is just a touch too zippy for me to use as is on burgers – so for that, we use the also most excellent 78 Red regular ketchup.
Take that spicy ketchup and combine it with Homade Chili Sauce, Italian lemon juice, good local horseradish, and all the rest, and now we are talking cocktail sauce!
•1/2 cup spicy ketchup
•1/2 cup chili sauce
•1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
•2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
•1/4 cup horseradish
•2 tsp Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Pepper Sauce (or your fave hot sauce, to taste)
Stir all the ingredients together in a bowl until nicely blended.
Give it a taste. Nice kick, no?
Transfer to a lidded jar and stash in the fridge for a few hours to chill and allow the flavors to really blend.
Enjoy as you will, with shrimp, or…