Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Life List Day 17 - Attempt the Perfect Shrimp Cocktail



Shrimp Cocktail

1. Boil water
2. Put shrimp in
3. Take shrimp out

What could be easier, right? Yet the perfect shrimp cocktail eludes me. I have much to live up to: My dad, Marv, has "the gift." Shrimp bow before him. Even people who've sworn off shellfish swoon when confronted with his: the right amount of bite and flavor. The sauce zesty but not spicy.

So this time I swore I'd do it right. I bought the exact same shrimp he buys: the $40 bag of frozen shrimp from Costco. I boiled the water. I put in shrimp. I waited for the boil to roll...the shrimp to curl...to gain that perfect hue of pink.

In the end: pretty good, but not my dad's. The texture was almost there, but not quite. Something was missing with the flavor. My son pronounced it superior, but this is from a boy who lives on 59 cent burritoes. It's the closest I've ever come, however, and for that, I'm happy.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Try adding spices to the water when you're boiling it. Go to the fish/meat section of your grocery store and they sell packets of spices just for boiling shrimp. gives it lots of flavor.

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