Thursday, December 17, 2009

Coctel de Camarones (shrimp cocktail)


My friends and I got together for an appetizer party this weekend. Everything was so delicious. I ate so much I couldn't eat again for 24 hours. Seriously!

The last three times this group has gotten together this dish was requested. It's so fresh and flavorful. But how can anyone go wrong with shrimp, avocado, and cilantro.

COCTEL DE CAMARONES (shrimp cocktail)

2-3 lbs.frozen shrimp, large or medium, cooked, cleaned, deveined.
1 bottle Clamato juice
1 small bottle clam juice
1/4 bottle ketchup
1 Tbsp. (+ or -) Tabasco, to taste*
3 lemons
4 tomatoes, diced
3 cucumbers, diced
2 avocados, diced
2 ribs celery diced
2 green onions
1/4 bunch cilantro
1 bottle shrimp cocktail

Rinse frozen shrimp thoroughly and let set in cold water for 10 minutes.

Place shrimp in large bowl. Add Clamato juice, clam juice, ketchup and cocktail sauce to shrimp. Add Tabasco and squeeze lemon juice over the top. Add diced tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados, celery, and green onions in bowl and stir. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serves about 12

* Another option is to finely dice 2 jalapeno peppers instead of using Tabasco.

14 comments:

  1. Oh, this is really good. I was at a similar dinner party this weekend and they had the same thing. I was stuffed. The only difference was the karaoke. You should have heard the two wonderful singers who closed the party down with their renditions of gospel songs, Christmas carols and the Hokey Pokey. They should be on American Idol. They were that good.

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  2. I was at the same party and I am still full from all the wonderful food... hey where is the recipe for the 'Famous crab cakes'? and that cheese and fruit platter? please share all the yummy cheeses and fruit that was displayed ... a perfect combo for your New Year's Eve Party!

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  3. Video Killed the Radio StarDecember 17, 2009 at 8:04 AM

    Who are all these anonymoous commenters? I have the video of this wild party. Oh, my!

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  4. Wow that shrimp cocktail looks as good as it taste!!! We had a great time and sure cherish our friends and family. We can't forget those crab cakes Eddie made or the rack of lamb Danny served us....Oh My the desert!!! a rich Chocolate pie as ordered. Love You All Dear Friends Merry Christmas

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  5. I wish I was at that party. Shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, rack of lamb, chocolate pie. . . What a delicious meal. I can see why you didn't eat for 24 hours.

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  6. Thank you all you commenters. Yes, a fun time was had by all. Between the veggie tray, wine, fruit and cheese tray, wine, shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, wine, muffuletta, rack of lamb, wine dessert, coffee, and karaoke, it was a party to remember. And 4 days later...I'm still kind of full.

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  7. HEY I WAS AT THAT PARTY TOO! WHAT A GREAT TIME ,EVERY DISH CAME OUT PERFECT,YOU KNOW WHEN YOU GET TOGETHER WITH THIS GROUP YOU BETTER BE READY FOR SOME SERIOUS FOODAGE.NEXT TIME WE MIGHT EVEN TURN ON THE MICROPHONE GIRLS.

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  8. There seems to be a lot of people claiming to be at a part that was only attended by eight people. How can that be?

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  9. What I want to know is what's the secret to getting in this exclusive little club, with all your fancy food, expensive wine and "la ti dah" attitude? What about the little people? What about those of us reaching for crumbs when you chosen few are having the veggie tray, wine, fruit and cheese tray, wine, shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, wine, muffuletta, rack of lamb, wine dessert and coffee? Isn't this the season of sharing?

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  10. Who's this big baby crying about being excluded?

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  11. Dear Anonymous,

    There were only 8 people at this party, but we had enough fun for 30 people...we also ate enough for 30 people.

    Dear What About Me,
    We are a funny group and work hard at keeping the group small. I hate to say it, but we are a greedy group of gluttons that are unwilling to share. Sorry.

    Dear Anonymous,
    I will give you three guesses as to who I think the whiner is. But we will probably never know for sure.

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  12. Im trying to join this fan club but somehow I just dont get an invite to these wonderful parties. What am I doing wrong?? I have some great recipes to offer.

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  13. Dear Commenters
    In response to hearing from unhappy people that feel left out because they haven't been invited to the exclusive dinner club parties, I've decided to add one additional seat at our next gathering. It is now available on ebay. Bidding starts at $5,000. High bidder will be awarded one seat to the Dec. 31st exclusive dinner party. This dinner party will be featuring the most amazing, delectable, gourmet menu including............

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  14. I was told about this party and I was told I would be invited! What Happened?? This is the most difficult club to get into. Can anybody tell me what the initiation fee is? Is there any hazing involved? Talk about exclusive!!!! Maybe next time!

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