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Need dipping sauce for boiled shrimp

danna Jun 8, 2007 07:44 AM

I'm serving cold boiled shrimp at my parent's 50th anniversary party. I want to serve two sauces. One will be a classic cocktail sauce, I would like the other to be more creative. I was thinking something mayonaise- based, or otherwise creamy. The guests will be largely elderly rural Southerners, so although I want to give them something different, it can't be *too* challenging.

Eagerly awaiting your ideas...

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  1. scpierce RE: danna Jun 8, 2007 08:00 AM

    toy with the amounts to get the consistency how you like it...

    mayo
    splash of lemon juice and vinegar (white)
    old bay
    papricka (don't think i spelled that right)
    cracked pepper
    dash of minced garlic
    dash of mustard or can use a pinch of dried powder
    and some like it a little sweeter with a dash of sugar, i prefer mine more tart
    you can also add a bit of flavor with a dash of worcestershire sauce (now i know i didn't spell that right!)

    it's hard for me to give measurements since i never measure anything, unless baking of course, so i say make a couple batches a little different and see what you like.

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      Judymax RE: scpierce Aug 25, 2013 11:53 AM

      This sounds good to me. I use a lot of these ingredients in a number of sauces and concoctions. The additions you made give me new ideas for how to use them. PS. You spelled paprika wrong, but actually got Worcestershire right!!

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        Judymax RE: Judymax Aug 26, 2013 05:25 PM

        I tried it and it was good. I need to add more Old Bay next time though. Thanks for the idea! It's easy and I have all the ingredients in the cupboard!

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      NANCY RE: danna Jun 8, 2007 08:05 AM

      How about a curry mayonnaise.

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        fluffernutter RE: danna Jun 8, 2007 08:10 AM

        Remoulade is the classic. It's easy to make. Cold, spicy mustard-horseradish-paprika sauce. Depending on where you live and what stores serve your area, you can buy good remoulade. There are loads of variations, including ones with onions and garlic, but the easiest are just stirred together. The classic Southern cookbooks like Crescent City Collection, Talk About Good and River Road Recipes will all have recipes.

        1. Tee RE: danna Jun 8, 2007 08:16 AM

          This party is closing in, isn't it?
          A friend of mine makes what he calls Buena Vista Sauce for shirmp-
          whole jar Hellmans
          whole small jar/bottle Zatarain's creole mustard - he says 60/40 or 70/30 mayo to mustard, your call
          a whole small sweet (Vidalia style) onion chopped very fine
          3-4 stalks celery, again very fine
          anchovy paste - from a tube, about 1/2 a tube
          lemon juice to taste
          Every batch is a little different, mix to your taste.
          I am not a huge anchovy fan but this stuff is good.
          I hope the party is a smashing success.
          Is Don doing the "heavy" catering?

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            danna RE: Tee Jun 8, 2007 09:35 AM

            Hellmans!?! I thought you were from the South? *kidding*

            What color is that dip when finished?

            Yes, I spoke to Don this a.m. he's still on board. I made 350 Mexican Wedding Cookies last night, God Help me. (for the freezer) Have acquired 96 8 oz glass bottle Cokes. RSVP's dripping in. You will probably see me rant about RSVP ettiquette on Not About Food pretty soon. 118 invited. gasp. Thanks for asking.

            I have a recipe for a asian-ish fresh ginger mayo that my husband loves with shrimp, but I'm worried it might be too much for the oldsters. what do you think? It's basically fresh ginger chopped fine and put in the blender w/ mayo, soy, lime, garlic, mirin.

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              MakingSense RE: danna Jun 8, 2007 11:19 AM

              So get out the Duke's, the mayonnaise of the South! Since you need a white sauce to go with the red cocktail one.
              Seems to me for the Old South crowd, the solution might be the old cucumber and dill sauces used so often for shrimp and fish. You could add some very finely minced onion and a little lime for sweetness. Some sour cream. A bit of flat leaf parsley for color. The obligatory dash of Tabasco. All flavors they're used to.
              This is a great old standard that I'm constantly updating and using all the time today and it hasn't failed me yet.

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                Tee RE: danna Jun 8, 2007 12:43 PM

                My friend is from Mississippi, 'bout as Southern as it gets, but I understand the Duke's addiction!
                This sauce is an unappealing light brown, due to the anchovies.
                Good eye for noticing to ask- the color may be its downfall.
                I love ginger so your husband's sauce would appeal to me, but so would most sauces suggested so far, particularly the remoulade.
                Personally I think since you have the classic cocktail sauce in the works already, go ahead and make something like the ginger and give them something to talk about!
                I want to hear the details post party!

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                susanbcook RE: Tee Jun 15, 2007 04:43 PM

                sounds like the old buena vista hotel sauce from bilox, ms. know it well and it is fabulous.....this recipe must've come from jsl.........

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                  97corvette RE: susanbcook Mar 4, 2010 09:20 AM

                  this is to susanbcook, you said in your response that the recipe sounds like the old buena vista hotel in biloxi, ms. recipe. which one of the recipes are you referring to? i have been looking for the shrimp buena vista recipe for a while.

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                    roro1831 RE: 97corvette Mar 4, 2010 09:36 AM

                    From one of the above posts.....

                    A friend of mine makes what he calls Buena Vista Sauce for shirmp-
                    whole jar Hellmans
                    whole small jar/bottle Zatarain's creole mustard - he says 60/40 or 70/30 mayo to mustard, your call
                    a whole small sweet (Vidalia style) onion chopped very fine
                    3-4 stalks celery, again very fine
                    anchovy paste - from a tube, about 1/2 a tube
                    lemon juice to taste
                    Every batch is a little different, mix to your taste.

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                      97corvette RE: roro1831 Mar 4, 2010 09:42 AM

                      roro1831 thanks for the response. i had shrimp buena vista at the hotel many , many years ago and never forgot how good it was. i will try your recipe.

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                        roro1831 RE: 97corvette Mar 4, 2010 09:53 AM

                        Not my recipe, it was in Tee's post above, but let me know how it comes out.

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                hungry_pangolin RE: danna Jun 8, 2007 08:17 AM

                How about a mayo thinned out with a bit of tarragon-infused vinegar, and mix in some chopped taragon? Or, mix in white wine vinegar and chopped basil? Or, a bit of white wine, *smoked* sweet paprika, and a pinch of cayenne? (Do NOT use a regular paprika - the smoked variety has a wonderful complexity.)

                1. QueenB RE: danna Jun 8, 2007 08:54 AM

                  An herb-based dip. Mix equal amounts of sour cream and mayo. Add your choice of fresh chopped herbs, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

                  I also like avocado with shrimp, so I'd probably do some combination of avocado and mayo with a squeeze of lime, maybe some cumin. Sort of like a guacamole, but runnier.

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                    Oh Robin RE: danna Jun 15, 2007 04:45 PM

                    Okay it's super basic but Best Foods tartar sauce works for me.

                    1. ladyberd RE: danna Mar 4, 2010 11:10 AM

                      You could try a pesto mayonaaise. The bright green pesto would plate nicely next to red cocktail sauce. Instead of traditional pesto, you could do a cilanttro or other herb pesto... Then add some mayo to make it creamier.

                      Cheers,
                      Ladyberd
                      http://ladyberds-kitchen.blogspot.com

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                        dawnb RE: danna Mar 4, 2010 12:47 PM

                        I use an old family recipe for my cocktail suace. Old or not, it always gets raves. I don't don't measure, so just adjust to your taste.

                        Mayo (yes, Duke's is best!)
                        Ketchup
                        Hot sauce (I like a lot)
                        Vinegar (a little or to taste)
                        Salt & Pepper

                        Sounds unsophisticated, but you might be surprised at how good it is, perfect for your anticipated quests. A little sweet, a little tangy and creamy. And by the way, roasted shrimp are so much tastier than boiled. Just roast @ 400 for 6 to 8 minutes. With big sheet trays, ti's less messy & faster to boot!

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                          Delucacheesemonger RE: dawnb Aug 26, 2013 05:42 PM

                          Add a little pickle relish and worchestershire sauce and you have thousand island dressing, which is what l have used for decades/

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                            fldhkybnva RE: Delucacheesemonger Aug 27, 2013 03:48 PM

                            Great idea, I love homemade cocktail sauce though I use horseradish and chili sauce, no mayo.

                        2. monavano RE: danna Aug 26, 2013 05:28 PM

                          Kitty O'Shea Sauce:
                          http://www.marthastewart.com/316041/k...

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                            Gail RE: danna Aug 26, 2013 08:08 PM

                            Mayo, fresh lime juice and several drops of Cholula. Cholula is the one with the wooden screw top. No particular recipe, just mix, taste, mix.
                            Just had this tonight with lovely Mexican shrimp. Where are you? Try to get Mexican shrimp, if possible...so sweet and good.

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                              fldhkybnva RE: Gail Aug 27, 2013 03:48 PM

                              I love Cholula, I think the Chipotle variety would be great here.

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