CHILLED SHRIMP SERVED ON ICE WITH SPICY REMOULADE SAUCE

For 2:

–50 small frozen shrimp (cooked, tail-off, shell off, thawed from frozen)

Remoulade sauce (1 cup):

–mayonnaise (two-thirds cup)

–Dijon mustard (2 heaping tablespoons)

–Creole seasoning (1 heaping tablespoon)

–parsley (fresh if possible, chopped, 2 tablespoons fresh; or 1 tablespoon dried)

–lemon juice (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–paprika (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–minced garlic (in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–cayenne pepper (one-fourth teaspoon)

1 – Stir all the ingredients together for the remoulade sauce.  Keep in refrigerator until ready for dinner.  Sauce is better if made two hours in advance.

2 – Serve the thawed shrimp atop ice, in a bowl, with the remoulade sauce on the side.

–shrimp serving suggestion inspired by Weidmann’s restaurant in Meridian, Mississippi; remoulade sauce inspired by a magazine clipping from long ago.

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An Encore Simple Dinner:  CHILLED SHRIMP ON CRUSHED ICE WITH COCKTAIL SAUCE

For 4:

–shrimp (thawed from frozen, 60 to 80 small shrimp)

–crushed ice (from your ice dispenser on your refrigerator)

–cocktail sauce (bottled)

 

1 – Place the thawed shrimp in a large, covered baking dish.  Add 1 inch of water.  Microwave on high for 3 and one-half minutes.  Drain in a colander.

2 – Fill individual serving bowls with crushed ice from your refrigerator dispenser.  Divide the shrimp among the bowls, resting atop the ice.  (There is no reason to season the shrimp.)

3 – Serve cold, with cocktail sauce.

–shrimp adapted from Weidman’s restaurant, Meridian, Mississippi, a recipe from 20 years ago.

COLD BOILED SHRIMP AND BROCCOLI

Note: A simple meal after a busy day.

 

–shrimp (small size frozen, 60 to 80)

–broccoli

–pesto (ready-prepared)

 

1 – Thaw out the shrimp overnight in the refrigerator. Place the entire contents of bag of shrimp in a wide-mouthed, large microwave dish with cover. Spread out the shrimp. Cook, covered, for 3 minutes. Rinse under tap water. Cool in refrigerator, or, briefly, in freezer.

2 – Remove large stalk from broccoli; leave small stems. Cut apart, including the florets. Season with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cook for four minutes (for crisp broccoli) in microwave.

3 – Mix pesto with water to make a sauce.

4 – Fill bowls with ice. Parcel out the shrimp in equal portions, placing on top of the ice. (There is no need for seasoning of shrimp.)

5 – On side, serve hot broccoli. Use pesto as a dipping sauce.

–shrimp adapted from Weidman’s (Meredith, Mississippi); broccoli and pesto sauce original.