It may not be a classic shrimp cocktail, but this version takes the traditional and wraps it in bacon, then pairs it with a sweet and hot apricot horseradish dipping sauce.
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It's totally understandable that my future wife thought that I might judge her (not to mention her culture and her cuisine) for serving me cooked shrimp dressed with a mixture of bottled mayonnaise and ketchup, served on top of Saltine crackers, no less. And really, that's all that Colombian-style shrimp cocktail is. And yet, it's much, much more. Fragrant with onions and lime juice with a hint of heat and a bright acidity, the best shrimp cocktail should have tiny shrimp that are totally packed with flavor while maintaining a tender, nearly crisp bite to them.
This Mexican-Style Shrimp Cocktail from Fiesta at Rick's by Rick Bayless is about as close as you can get to an authentic coctel de camarones without a trip to Baja. The sweet-spiciness comes courtesy of the combination of ketchup and hot sauce (Mexican, please), and the crumbly, salty saltines are an unlikely but perfect foil for the cocktail.