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Original Italian Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

Original Italian Shrimp Cocktail Recipe
Do you remember the Italian Shrimp Cocktail?

This is a decidedly vintage recipe since it was trendy in the 1970s and 1980s. It is a seafood appetizer suitable for all occasions.

When I went to weddings as a child, the delicious shrimp cocktail served in champagne glasses or glass bowls was the starter.

Original Italian Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

I didn’t like going to weddings; I was so bored because my parents didn’t let me play with the other children running around the tables because they said we could bother the adults.

I remember that the poor waiters had to sidestep the children, who were running, screaming, and pushing each other. I also remember the fear of watching the waiters try not to drop the dishes.

Despite everything, I enjoyed the appetizer time. I savored these prawns swimming in a pink sauce, all laid out on a bed of romaine lettuce leaves.

By now, if you’ve seen previous recipes, you know that I prefer fresh shrimp, but you can also use frozen ones very well.

Difficulty Beginner
Prep Time: 10 mins Total Time: 10 mins
Servings 4
Best Season Suitable throughout the year

Italian shrimp cocktail, also known as "cocktail di gamberi" in Italy, is a refreshing and elegant appetizer featuring poached shrimp served with a tangy, flavorful cocktail sauce. This dish is an excellent addition to any gathering or special meal. Here's a recipe you can follow to make an Italian shrimp cocktail:

  • 1.3 pound fresh shrimps or frozen
  • 7 ounces mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Worcester sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • a pinch of salt
  • 4 Roman lettuce leaves
    • Rinse the shrimps under running water, and remove the shells by carefully not breaking the body.
    • Remove the black thread from the back of the shrimp (the intestine) with a toothpick.
    • Put water to a boil in a saucepan and cook the shrimp for a few seconds.
    • Drain them and let them cool.
    • In a bowl, add the mayonnaise and mix it with the ketchup, the Worchester sauce, and the cognac (or brandy).
    • Mix carefully so that the sauce (which will have a pink color) is well-mixed.
    • Add the shrimp to the pink sauce (if they are small, leave them whole; if they are large prawns, cut them into small pieces) and mix well.
    • Cut the lettuce leaves into julienne strips.
    • All the ingredients are ready. 
    • Take some small glass bawls, lay a layer of lettuce on the bottom, and add 2-3 tablespoons (depending on the glass size) of shrimp in a pink sauce.
    • Decorate as you wish, I have decorated it with a sprinkling of paprika
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