Shrimp Cocktail with Spicy Remoulade
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- 1 1/2 lbs Medium shrimp, peeled but with tails left on
- 2 lemons, 1 cut in quarters and the other cut into 8 wedges
- 1/4 cup shrimp/crab boil
- 2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup olive oil mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup low fat sour cream
- 1/4 Creole or whole grain mustard
- 1 T sweet paprika
- 2 tsp Creole seasoning
- 2 tsp prepared horseradish
- 2 tsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp hot sauce
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- In a large stockpot filled with water, add the crab boil, salt and lemon quarters, bring to a rolling boil.
- Add the shrimp and boil for two minutes. Turn the heat off the pot and put the lid on. Let the shrimp sit for another 4--6 minutes and immediately drain in a colander, let cool.
- In a medium bowl, mix all the remoulade ingredients until well combined and let it chill for a bit to meld the flavors.
- Serve the shrimp with the remoulade and lemon wedges either hot or cold.
***Healthy changes and substitutions
- Using mayo made with olive oil mayo in this sauce completely eliminates the saturated fat usually present in mayo and gives you a boost of heart healthy olive oil.
- Replacing 1/2 of the mayo in most recipes with low fat sour cream, maintains the creaminess with just a fraction of the fat content.
- *Don’t rinse shrimp when you drain them, they lose a lot of the flavor that was added with the crab boil and can become waterlogged and spongy. You can dump some ice cubes on top of the shrimp in the colander to help speed up the chilling process.
- *Sauces such as this remoulade are better when made ahead of time so the flavors mellow and blend together.
- *Shrimp contains a concentrated source of the antioxidant called astaxanthin which is a carotenoid known primarily for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
- * Although the cholesterol level of shrimp can be a source of concern for those who have high cholesterol, recent studies have found that the levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are very beneficial to healthy cardiovascular and nervous system.
- * A 4 oz. serving of shrimp provides almost 50% of the RDA for protein and only about 130 calories, making them a great choice for a low calorie diet.
Robin Shea http://www.robinshea.com/