Shrimp Cocktail Recipe
Serves 4 as an appetizer
Note: If you can find them, here's a place to go all-out with very large shrimp sold as U15, meaning fewer than 15 shrimp to the pound. If not, 16–20 shrimp, meaning 16 to 20 to the pound, will taste just fine.
For the classic court bouillon:
For the shrimp cocktail:
For the court bouillon, combine the onion, carrot, celery, fennel, garlic, lemon, thyme, parsley, bay leaf, peppercorns, coriander, mustard and fennel seeds, clove, allspice and chili in an 8-quart pot. Add 3 quarts water, the wine and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes.
Prepare an ice bath by filling your sink with ice and cold water. Fill a quart container with more ice.
Add the shrimp to the simmering court bouillon. Return to a simmer and cook until the shrimp are firm and cooked through, about 45 seconds for large shrimp, about 40 seconds for medium. Remove from the heat and add 1 quart ice to the pot to cool down the court bouillon. Put the pot into the ice bath and let the shrimp cool in the court bouillon for at least 1 hour.
Remove the cooled shrimp from the liquid and refrigerate until you're ready to serve. Discard the court bouillon.
From School of Fish. Copyright © 2014 by Ben Pollinger. Published by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Printed with permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc.