The Freshman Cook: Classic Shrimp Cocktail-Las Vegas Style!

No food says Las Vegas like Shrimp Cocktail! I mean, .99 cent shrimp cocktail?!?! What a deal! When I moved to Las Vegas .99 cent shrimp cocktails were every where. You could walk in to a number of places like Silver City, Circus Circus, Binions Horseshoe, The Silver Slipper and get your fill of .99 cent shrimp cocktail-as many as you want. You still can! It was so much fun, and it still is. Did you know that Las Vegas uses more shrimp than any other city in the world?? That’s a lot of shrimp cocktails.!!! And I love them. Here’s my version:

Classic Shrimp Cocktail


5 Raw, Shell on Shrimp

1/2 cup Water

1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning

3 tablespoon Cocktail Sauce 1 Lemon 2 leaves Romaine Lettuce  Thaw the shrimp under cold running water. This will only take a few minutes. Peel each shrimp so that the only remaining skin is the last little piece before the tail. Leave that piece and the tail on.
Even though the shrimp I bought were deveined, I like to remove the vein in the underside of the shrimp. Take a small paring knife and cut into the shrimp

where the vein is. It will come out with your knife. 

If it doesn’t, just scrape it out.
It is not necessary, I just think it is a cleaner look.

In a small pot or saucepan, add 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning. Bring the water mix to a boil. Once the water is boiling, gently add the shrimp.
Cover the pot and let the shrimp cook for 2-3 minutes, or until pink.  Rinse with cold water and drain.
Make an ice bath. Put ice in a bowl, and fill with water. Put the shrimp in the bowl, and put in the refrigerator.
Slice the ends off of the lemon.
Cut the lemon into quarters.
Cut each wedge about 1/4″ to give it a place to hang on the glass. Take the 2 pieces of lettuce, wash it, and
cut the lettuce into 4 pieces, lengthwise.
Trim any dark or bad pieces off.
Turn the 4 pieces and cut. Place the lettuce in a wine goblet.
Place the cocktail sauce on top of the lettuce.
Place the shrimp on top of the glass. Add the lemon. What a pretty appetizer!
Enjoy! Thanks for joining me today. I hope you find the time to enjoy this appetizer. Please stop by later today to check out our soup for Las Vegas week: French Onion Soup!

See you then!

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