Happy Valentine’s Day
“In my early years and before the food scene, I knew that if they brought shrimp cocktail to the table as an appetizer, we were eating at a 'fancy' restaurant. I really enjoyed the shrimp with the spicy cocktail sauce. Fix this for the love or loves (family) of your life."
3 quarts cold water
1/4 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and bruised
1 tablespoon seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay(R))
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup chili sauce
1/4 cup prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3 drops hot sauce, or to taste
1 pinch salt
2 pounds shell-on deveined jumbo shrimp
Stir water, onion, lemon, garlic, tarragon, seafood seasoning, peppercorns, and bay leaf together in a large pot; bring to a simmer and cook until flavors blend, about 15 minutes.
Whisk ketchup, chili sauce, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and salt together in a bowl; refrigerate until chilled, at least 15 minutes.
Bring poaching liquid to a rapid boil. Cook the shrimp in the boiling liquid until they are bright pink on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center, about 5 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a bowl of ice water and immerse in ice water until cold; drain. Arrange cold shrimp on a platter and serve with chilled sauce.