I just love little bites. Little bites, small plates, tasting plates, anything that is not of major proportion. This is the way we should always eat in my opinion! One of the reasons I dislike eating out is because of the amount of food they give you for a serving-its like they encourage us to gorge and get fat! Its my opinion, one serving is enough to feed two if not 3 comfortably.
Appetizer style eating really is so appealing and is becoming a whole lot more popular lately. You can eat a little of this or that and not feel super stuffed. I love a lot of variety but I don’t love how much you get when you want to try more than one thing. So, the places that are popping up that are offering the small plates are places I am a whole lot more interested in going to.
Which brings me to this post. Have you seen the new tableware at Pier 1? They have this new (well, new to me anyway) collection called the “tasting collection”. When I first saw it on their website I went crazy. I knew I wanted some of these cute little dishes. Unfortunately I can’t afford to buy them in the sets but fortunately they do offer some of them individually! I bought myself 3 of these cute little tasting spoons and a couple each of some other minis that you will see pop up on my blog here in the next few weeks.
The first thing I decided I was going to do was roast some shrimp and offer them up with a couple of different sauces. One being a traditional cocktail sauce and the other a thousand island sauce. Oh how cute these are! I sometimes wish I could be a weekend hostess for fancy parties held at my fancy home and serve these fancy little bites.
I made this while Grumpy was off hunting and had something else ready for him to eat when he got home. He had recently told me he was tired of shrimp (who gets tired of shrimp?!). I didn’t mind when he told me he was tired of pork chops because I never cared much to make them anyway. That is why you don’t see many pork chop recipes around here any more. I really don’t care to have that happen with shrimp because I tend to like it! This was perfect for a little meal and I had a small salad to compliment. The spice from the pepper and the sweet from the ketchup in the horseradish sauce as well as the 1000 Island sauce really made it yummy!
Roasted Shrimp Tasting Spoons with Two Sauces
Author: Grumpy's Honeybunch
- 1 lb medium raw shrimp, peeled and de-veined
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- juice of ½ lemon
- Thousand Island Dressing (Grumpy's favorite!)
- ¾ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- salt and pepper
- Cocktail Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons grated horseradish
- 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons ketchup
- Fresh lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place shrimp in ceramic roasting dish and toss with salt, pepper and lemon juice and bake until shrimp is no longer pink.
- Stir ingredients together for dressings in separate bowl for each dressing. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.