For my final recipe of 2018, I am putting a twist on a classic recipe: Shrimp Cocktail. This elegant recipe concludes my #AppyHolidays series on my blog and it just so happens to be perfect for New Years Eve!
Small (Shrimpy) Changes Make A Big Difference
For the most part, the ingredients for classic shrimp cocktail and this Roasted Shrimp Cocktail are the same, however, the preparation method is slightly different. Typically, shrimp for a classic shrimp cocktail are often boiled in water until they are cooked, then are chilled and served on a platter with cocktail sauce. In this recipe, the shrimp are still served chilled, but they have tons more flavour as I roast the shrimp in the oven! This additional step (and a bit of garlic, salt and pepper) adds so much flavour and ensures that the shrimp say nice and succulent and juicy.
As with any recipe, the quality of the ingredients can really make or break the dish. In this Roasted Shrimp Cocktail recipe, I really wanted to focus on the star ingredient– the shrimp– to make sure it was great quality. Typically, Tiger Prawns are used in this recipe as they are wildly available in supermarkets and come both fresh and frozen. These types of shrimp are often farmed in South East Asian countries such as Thailand or the Philippines.
While Tiger Prawns are still tasty, I like to use local shrimps in this recipe, particularly Wild Sidestripe Shrimp. These shrimp are harvested year-round off the coast of B.C. and are sweet, succulent, and are a great local (and sustainable) seafood choice. Wild B.C. Spot Prawns and Wild Pink Shrimp are also great choices as well when they are in season as well. TO read more about BC Spot Prawns, click here!
For the full recipe for my Roasted Shrimp Cocktail, click here!
I hope that you all enjoyed my #AppyHolidays series on my blog this year! I cannot wait to do it again! Let me know in the comments below what your favourite #AppyHolidays recipe was!
I hope that you all have a fantastic New Years Eve and a wonderful 2019! Look forward for some more tasty recipes to come!