By far, one of the lamest party foods, in my books, is the basic shrimp cocktail ring. When I see one sitting out at a party, I always wonder why someone would waste valuable table real-estate on such a bland and boring dish. It wasn’t until during the last holiday season that I thought that there must be a way to improve the standard shrimp cocktail recipe to make it more appealing to cocktail party go-ers.
I took it to the drawing board and here’s what I came up with: Bangin’ shrimp and waffles with a Honey Sriracha Lime Dipping Sauce. This one will definitely turn heads. A crispy shrimp served upon a soft waffle with a perfect topping, a sweet and spicy “syrup”. I don’t know anyone who would turn down this appetizer.
Here is a waffle recipe you can use from my blog: Belgium Waffles
This year, I demoed this dish at my very first appearance at the TO Food & Drink Fest in Toronto. I was one of the featured Chefs at the Air Miles sponsored stage. It was a huge opportunity for me so I decided to make one of my most popular blog recipes and elevate it for the occasion. I added a Cajun aioli and it brings this dish to the next level just as I had hoped for. The demo was so much fun and it was wonderful to be back doing live food events with lots of amazing foodies!
There you have it – an old, boring dish made new again. The next time you feel the urge to pick up that shrimp ring at your local grocery store before a party, please consider making one of these re-invented shrimp cocktail recipes. Your guests will thank you.