Buying a LOT of Jumbo Shrimp cocktail in NYC
I'm throwing a big party for 100 people and looking for recommendations where to buy a lot of frozen (or freshly steamed) well-priced jumbo peeled shrimp -- the stuff for making up platters with cocktail sauce.
Normally I buy raw seafood from Chinatown but I can't face de-veining them all of those myself. The pre-cooked colossal shrimp(16-20 size) cost $24/lb freshly steamed at freshdirect, which would set me back almost $300 for this amount.
Any first-hand recommendations for fishmarket wholesale, or better sources? If I get pre-cooked frozen shrimp, do they need to be blanched to be revived for eating, or simply thawed?
trader joes and costco both sell frozen peeled and deveined shrimp - either raw or pre-cooked.
If you use precooked get the largest possible - they seem to work better - let them defrost in the fridge overnight and toss with some fresh lemon juice, finely chopped fresh garlic & chopped fresh dill.
the restaurant supply places like Restaurant Depot and Jetro (cousin stores) sell cases of 4 x 4 or 5# frozen blocks - which if they are running a sale are quite cheap.
Size wise look for at least 25-30's (that's 25 - 30 to thebpound - they are bagged like that eg jumbo 10-12)
this will also help you figure out quantities.
another thought is to do peel and eat shrimp
pros - make your guests do the work and slow down their comsumption
cheaper and pretty to for presentation
might look cheap or cheesy unless presented right (do a whole nautical theme with life preserver, homemade ice sculptures (see martha stewarts old entertaining books - using jello ring mold with flowers or sea shells encased in the ice.
also when displaying and leaving out for a length of time, make sure you display on ice or in cool setting - don't want your guests to get upset tummies or worse...