There comes a time when you just really need cocktail sauce.
Good cocktail sauce – not that stuff from the market that somebody calls cocktail sauce.
It needs to be loaded with horseradish and lemon juice; the lemon adding a note of brightness to the sinus clearing horseradish, and mebbe, if you’ve been good, it should have some other spicy flavors added that round things out and make you sit back and say, “cocktail sauce!”
This, my friends, is that sauce; based on a recipe from the barefoot contessa, my version ups the horseradish and lemon juice a bit, and I start with a spicy ketchup, which just makes things that much more interesting.
•1/4 cup ketchup (78 Red Spicy, if you can)
•1/4 cup chili sauce
•2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
•2 tbsp horseradish
•1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
•1 tsp Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Hot Sauce
– or your own fave
Stir the ingredients together, then transfer to a jar, cover, and stash in the fridge for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend.
Serve as you will. Air fried salt and pepper calamari works a treat, but I wouldn’t say ‘no’ to shrimp cocktail either.