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May 8, 2009 06:59 PM

ISO Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Variations/Ideas

I am having a tequila tasting party and will be serving easy to prepare appetizers. I love Mexican shrimp cocktails and thought it would be an easy app to make and a fun dish for my guests to eat. Any interesting variations out there? Any tried and true traditional preparations? I live in California so I have access to most ingredients. BTW I don't want to do ceviche because a couple of couples are averse to raw seafood even though it has been cooked w/ acid. Thanks

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  1. Basil Mango Shrimp Cocktail
    Cook the shrimp spiced with Powdered Chiles or "Mexican Seasoning" to taste.
    1-2 Mangos
    A dozen fresh Basil Leaves.

    Peel & pit the mango(s) and put the flesh in a blender or food processor. Rip up the basil leaves and add them to the basil chunks. Puree into a smooth tasty green sauce. Chill. Put the sauce in wine glasses and hook shrimp over the edge.

    4 Replies
    1. re: KiltedCook

      That sounds good even though basil isn't very mexican, and smooth green sauces remind me of children's noses in need of a Kleenex. Could one add chopped basil (or cilantro) to the the pureed mango and keep an orange color with green flecks?
      I chuckled at the "Mexican shrimp cocktail" imagery because in my experience it is little shrimp immersed in ketchup in one of those thick clear glasses for ice cream sundaes. I would want a variation from that, too!

      1. re: Veggo

        I suppose you could add minced basil after the puree, but you won't get the wonderful flavor mixture. I wouldn't use cilantro, the acid bite would be too much. It's supposed to be a cool/slightly sweet counterpoint to spicy shrimp. It looks more "avocado green" than "snot green" btw.

        Tracy - the sauce is a cool/sweet counterpoint to spicy cooked shrimp, you really don't need lime. I've tried...

        1. re: KiltedCook

          Sounds good. Do you shell the shrimp before cooking to impart the chili zing?

      2. re: KiltedCook

        That sounds unusual and tasty. i think I'd add a good squeeze of lime.

      3. toss cooked shrimp in lime juice, cilantro and cumin, then serve with chipotle mayo. Just add adobe sauce to the mayo.