This quick and easy last-minute appetizer recipe for Roasted Shrimp Cocktail with Spicy Sriracha Cocktail Sauce was created for the Whole Foods Market Thanksgiving Table series with Kitchen PLAY. All opinions are my own.
There are some people who have their Thanksgiving menu finalized in October, their shopping list all prepared and their table set a week in advance. I remember a neighbor when I was young walking me through her substantial Thanksgiving preparations. Her table was exquisite, as was her decorating.
Still, I’m not one of those people. I keep my table pretty simple and really focus on the food — though I won’t have a menu ready for another two weeks. I do generally have a good idea of what’s hitting the table early in November though. My Thanksgiving menu is always a combination of tried and true favorites that my family must have every year, and a few new things designed to make Thanksgiving special and different.
This year, I am changing up our Thanksgiving appetizer routine. See, for the last half dozen years, I have gone as simple as possible. Cheese plates. Olive trays. Bread. And everyone loves all that. But adding in a few make-ahead appetizers can make the pre-Thanksgiving dinner fare extra special.
This Roasted Shrimp Cocktail with Spicy Sriracha Cocktail Sauce is a perfect addition to this year’s menu. It’s a quick and easy recipe, yes. But it’s also perfect for making ahead. Though this is delicious served hot from the oven, it’s also fabulous served chilled. So I will whip this up Wednesday night and have it ready to go when guests arrive Thursday.
I am a huge Whole Foods Market fan, and especially love their seafood department. For this recipe, I picked up frozen jumbo shrimp in a two-pound package (did you know that Whole Foods sometimes offers discounts for bulk purchases like this?) and peeled and deveined it at home — it’s easier than it sounds. I also hit the spice aisle for 365 Everyday Value Garlic Granules and Onion Granules, which makes the shrimp extra flavorful — delivering a delicious appetizer for everyone, whether they use cocktail sauce or not.
When you are getting ready to host Thanksgiving, you do want to spend some time preparing that menu, shopping list and also preordering your holiday-musts — like just the right turkey. It doesn’t have to be a month ahead, but a week or two in advance is a really good idea. You can also pop over to the Whole Foods Website to preorder platters and some holiday items (it seems to vary by store). That way, you can be sure that just the right items are available when you need them.
What are you planning for your Thanksgiving appetizers?
Disclosure: I was compensated for my participation in the Whole Foods Thanksgiving Table series on Kitchen PLAY but all opinions are my own.