Roasted Shrimp with Spicy Cocktail Sauce

Roasted Shrimp with Spicy Cocktail Sauce

Happy Labor Day!  If you’re hosting a backyard bash tonight, then I’ve got a perfect appetizer for you that comes together in a snap.  Succulent roasted shrimp artfully arranged beside a bowl of fiery cocktail sauce flavored with Sriracha, horseradish, Worcestershire, lemon and fish sauce.  If you’ve never roasted shrimp before, I would highly suggest that you to give it a try.  Simply dressed in olive oil, salt and pepper, raw shrimp scatter about a parchment-lined baking sheet unsuspectedly enter a blistering hot oven.  Mere moments later, the shrimp reemerge tender and blushing with just a kiss of caramelization.  You’ll never boil shrimp again.  The sauce?  Spice-C.  Reminiscent of classic cocktail sauce, this brazen accoutrement is a perfect counter to the shrimp’s sweet flesh.  Worcestershire and fish sauce provide a savory depth of flavor.  Continue reading for the recipe.

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Roasted Beets with Red Onion, Poblano and Lime

Roasted Beets with Red Onion, Poblano and Lime

Roasted Beets with Red Onion, Poblano and Lime is another dish I will be serving at my friend’s wedding coming up in October.  Not the most universally liked vegetable, beets may seem like a risky option for a wedding; however, this particular preparation of beets is seriously legit.  A guaranteed crowd-pleaser.  Really the best beets I have ever tasted.  Vibrant wedges of sweet, colorful beets are tossed with poblanos and sliced red onion then roasted in a dressing made of olive oil and Worcestershire sauce.  Finished with bright lime juice and fresh cilantro, these beets are bold, balanced and packed with the most amazing depth of flavor.  The Worcestershire infuses the vegetables with a rich, complex meatiness that works well with the natural earthiness of the beets.  The lime and cilantro cut through the heavy flavors and round out each bite.  Whether you like beets or not, you must give this recipe a try.  It’s one I’m sure both you and the wedding guests will love!  Continue reading for the recipe.

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The Bacon Bloody

The Bloody Bacon I must admit that over the years, I’ve become quite the connoisseur of bloody marys.  Particulary, spicy bloody marys.  I almost always choose the bloody mary over the mimosa when faced with cocktail options at brunch.  Paired with all manner of pickled goodies, the savory, spicy bloody mary is, for me, pure perfection on a lazy Sunday morning.  This Bacon Bloody features a bright, flavorful bloody mary blend mixed with spicy Bacon and Habanero Vodka.  Adorned with grassy celery, pepperoncini, olives and cornichons, this drink might just be the ultimate bloody mary.  Continue reading for the cocktail.

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