David's Favorite Recipes

Ollie’s Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail With Two Sauces


Directions - Shrimp Cocktail

Put the shrimp in a large stockpot and add enough cold water to just cover them. Add the onion, bay leaves, and peppercorns and place the pot over high heat. When the water comes to a boil, add the vermouth and cook until the shrimp turn pink, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Put a colander in the sink, drain the shrimp, and run cold water over them until cooled.

Peel and devein the shrimp leaving the tails on. Put the shrimp in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.

Serve the shrimp on a bed of crushed ice, accompanied by lemon wedges and the two sauces.

When I was growing up in Long Island, I enjoyed clamming, fishing, and crabbing with my good friend Ollie Edwards on our harbor in St. James and on Long Island Sound. Ollie was also a very good cook at a young age. One of his favorite recipes was his vermouth-poached shrimp cocktail with 2 sauces, which I still make frequently today. Thanks to the aromatics that traditionally flavor the fortified wine, vermouth really makes a delicious difference.

Ingredients - Shrimp Cocktail

2 pounds jumbo shrimp (preferably Gulf), shells on
1 medium onion, quartered, skin left on
3 bay leaves
6 whole black peppercorns
1 cup dry vermouth

Ingredients - Two Sauces

1 (12-ounce) jar Heinz Chili Sauce
3 to 4 teaspoons refrigerated store-bought horseradish sauce
Juice of ¼ lemon
1 cup mayonnaise (preferably Hellman’s)
1/3 cup Heinz Ketchup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions - Two Sauces

In a medium bowl, stir together the chili sauce, horseradish, and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.

In another medium bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce.

Cover and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.