Best! Ever! Cocktail Sauce

It is almost New Year’s Eve; that time of year when everyone and their dogs are offering shrimp cocktail like we are all in just about any casino in Vegas.

And, the thing is

you can easily buy a platter of shrimp artfully arranged around a plastic tub of middling cocktail sauce at any local supermarket and some gas stations (yeh. Like I am buying my seafood from the corner gas station mini-mart).

The thing is…

Truly spectacular cocktail sauce is just a few bottles of great, good stuff and a bit of stirring away.

The basics are, of course, chili sauce (I like HOMADE brand), ketchup (I prefer 78  Spicy), horseradish, and lemon juice.

A lot of lemon juice.

Over the years, I’ve added hot sauce (Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Pepper is my standard), and Worcestershire sauce, so this cocktail sauce is gonna be packed with flavor.

•1/2 cup ketchup
•1/2 cup chili sauce
•1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
•2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
•1/4 cup horseradish
•2 tsp hot sauce

The most difficult thing about the prep is that you should make this one day before you plan to serve it, to allow the flavors to really blend.

Stir the ingredients together in a bowl, then transfer to a jar, cover, and stash in the fridge for at least a few hours or, always more better, overnight before serving.

Note: YEH, shrimp cocktail is the classic accompaniment, but, think outside of the box and consider calamari.

This entry was posted in Sauces/Jellies/Condiments and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.