"How can you possibly improve on shrimp cocktail?" asks Ina Garten, author of this week's Cook the Book pick, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics.
Her answer: Don't mess with the sauce, but play up the shrimp. If chicken tastes better roasted than poached, she reasons, the same holds true for shrimp. Roasting at a high heat brings out the crustaceans' flavor—and does away with the fussy vat of boiling water.
- For the shrimp:
- 2 pounds (12 to 15 count) shrimp
- 1 tablespoon good olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- For the sauce:
- 1/2 cup Heinz chili sauce
- 1/2 cup Heinz ketchup
- 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the tails on. Place them on a sheet pan with the olive oil, salt, and pepper and spread them in one layer. Roast for 8 to 10 minutes, just until pink and firm and cooked through. Set aside to cool.
For the sauce, combine the chili sauce, ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco. Serve as a dip with the shrimp.