A flavorful shrimp boil and homemade cocktail sauce bring this Beetlejuice-inspired appetizer to life! Perfect for dinner parties and Halloween festivities!
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Who doesn’t love a memorable appetizer? Presenting even the most basic dishes in a fun way can totally take them to the next level and impress your dinner guests without much extra effort on your part.
Full disclosure: I’ve been known to order shrimp cocktail and 1 or 2 other appetizers as my meal when my family goes out to dinner.
There’s just something about it that’s so much fun. It’s light, cool, and refreshing.
One of my favorite Supper Club themes to date was Movie Foods. I jumped at the opportunity to to pay tribute to one of my favorite movie scenes of all time – the dinner party scene from Beetlejuice. Who could forget that shrimp cocktail coming to life and grabbing everyone’s faces?
Typically, cocktail sauce is made with jazzed up store-bought ingredients. I decided to challenge myself by making homemade slow cooker ketchup as the base for my sauce, and flavoring it with lemon juice and zest, some horseradish for spice, Worcestershire sauce and a bit of hot sauce.
Feel free to use whatever ketchup you have in your pantry here. The homemade ketchup was a fun touch, but by no means necessary.
I also made a flavorful shrimp boil instead of buying pre-cooked shrimp, which worked out really well. It imparted such a nice flavor to the shrimp, and was simple to put together.
This turned out phenomenally – it was totally worth the effort I put into making it. Plus, I had to present it in a manner worthy of one of my favorite childhood movies. I must say, it looked killer!
One of the best parts about this recipe is that you can make all of the components in advance. When dinner is about to be served, just pop them on a fancy martini glass (I like using one that has a little ice holder underneath to keep the cocktail sauce extra cold) and serve!
I just realized I said “Beetlejuice” more than 3 times in this post and Michael Keaton hasn’t shown up! He must be stuck in Sandworm Land…
What are your favorite dinner party appetizers? I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.
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- Shrimp and Vegetable Fried Rice
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