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New Shrimp Cocktail Display?

flipkeat Mar 24, 2007 05:35 AM

I'm serving up some huge cocktail shrimp tonight...I've displayed the shrimp in various ways, on a fish platter decorated with sliced lemons and parsley. In individual shot glasses with each there own sauce w./lemon slice. I've mounded in sea shell like bowls etc and made "shrimp tree's" too. I'm out of inovative ideas for cocktail shrimp...can someone suggest something "new" to me? All help welcome!!

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    Shunick RE: flipkeat Mar 24, 2007 06:54 AM

    "Cocktail, anyone? An oversized martini or margarita glass is the perfect serving dish for shrimp cocktail."

    Steam your shrimp with your favorite seasonings. Shell and devein the shrimp. In a large martini or margarita glass place a generous amount of the cocktail sauce, top or hang over the edge five shrimp. Garnish with a small sprig of celery with leaves, 5 stuffed green olives impaled on a cocktail toothpick, and a wedge of lemon or two.

    Another idea. I took medium sized green bell peppers; cleaned them out; filled with cocktail sauce and hung the shrimp on the edges of the peppers and placed lemon wedges on top.

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      flipkeat RE: Shunick Mar 24, 2007 07:00 AM

      Thanks..Yes I love the idea of the oversized martini glass as well..I've done that too lol..figures huh?
      I've used a hollowed out pumpkin and watermellon for larger parties as well..
      I guess there's only so many things you can do with them? lol
      Thanks though, but done that..been there!!

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      critter101 RE: flipkeat Mar 24, 2007 07:46 AM

      Think outside the box! I've used a Chinese food container, laying flat on a larger platter. Stuff the box and line the platter with cole slaw mix, and have the shrimp tumbling from the container, onto the platter. You can serve the shrimp with an Asian type sauce...rice vinegar, soy sauce, chopped green onion, cilantro, and grated fresh ginger; and even a red cocktail sauce, made with wasabi for some heat. Stick in a decorative pair of chopsticks at a jaunty angle, and you're set to go.

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        flipkeat RE: critter101 Mar 24, 2007 01:29 PM

        This is good....Thinking outside the box is sometimes hard for me to do..Thanks for your innovative idea........I'll keep it in mind for next time...sounds terrific. Thanks. (I always add wasabi for the heat.......;)

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        howchow RE: flipkeat Mar 24, 2007 08:51 AM

        make an ice bowl - or an ice block to display the shrimp - it looks very impressive but you have to serve on something to catch the melting ice. You can add lemon slices or dill into the ice for decoration.

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          Katie Nell RE: howchow Mar 24, 2007 09:33 AM

          Here's a picture and directions for the ice bowls- I love this display! http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/s...

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            flipkeat RE: Katie Nell Mar 24, 2007 01:28 PM

            Yes thanks for the photo..I've done this idea before and it is a hit...However, I needed the idea not to be too umm umm lol girlie girl for this particular event. It's my Husband's poker night........I do all the organizing and cooking then go out for dinner lol ;) Ice ring wouldn't have gone over well with this crowd......trust me.....but I enjoyed the wonderful photo too...Mine that I have made looked good as well but not that good!! Thanks for the link Katie.

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              Katie Nell RE: flipkeat Mar 24, 2007 03:49 PM

              Oh yeah, definitely not for poker night!! But, that would be funny to see the looks on the guys faces! lol! (Reminds me of "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" when she takes the pizza out of their hands and shoves cucumber sandwiches in their mouths!!)

        2. chowser RE: flipkeat Mar 24, 2007 08:52 AM

          Not new and innovative but ice bowls are practical and pretty.

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            Buddernut RE: flipkeat Mar 24, 2007 10:14 AM

            A dear friend bought a plastic toy boat, set it on a platter with ice and little plastic seashells and seahorses (from party favor store) and put the shrimp in the boat. Made a little sign that said "Shrimp Boat"... it was hilarous and a real chat maker.

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              flipkeat RE: Buddernut Mar 24, 2007 01:25 PM

              That's funny......I'll remember that one for our BBQ...We have an annual BBQ and lots of our friends are "sailors" it will be the HIT I am sure....Thanks..wonderful idea, just not for this crowd....... lol

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              mickinbedford RE: flipkeat Mar 24, 2007 04:21 PM

              hollow out a pineapple and keep the top. Put the sauce in the hollow. Tooth pick the shrimp around the outside of the pineapple

              1. Emme RE: flipkeat Mar 24, 2007 10:31 PM

                Prawn Swans?

                Take a look at this previous thread for more inspiration http://www.chowhound.com/topics/374811

                1. Katie Nell RE: flipkeat Mar 25, 2007 01:01 PM

                  Again, not appropriate for a poker party ;-) but I thought of this idea last night when I couldn't sleep. A local restaurant serves french fries in a plastic wheelbarrow, and I thought that could be fun for the shrimp, and then you could serve the cocktail sauce in little flower pots!

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