Hanging out with a bunch of friends, watching the game. Listening to the cheers, the boos, the whistles… I love it! I love it all! Good food goes naturally in an environment like this. When the game clock starts, I want less time in the kitchen and more time debating whether the receiver was in or out of bounds. Surprisingly, most of the time, the ref doesn’t listen to me, but I still yell at the TV anyway – in both English and Spanish (No. I will not repeat those words here). My favorite go-to appetizer? Shrimp with Chipotle Cocktail Sauce.
Frozen shrimp is always on sale. Plus, they are already cooked. You have to be careful with shrimp, though, and make sure you keep it on ice. Thankfully, where there’s beer, there’s ice. I usually take the shrimp out partially frozen so they can thaw while I’m getting the rest of the food ready. It also gives my early guests something to munch on while we’re waiting for the late arrivers to show up. Guilty! I sometimes run on Latino time.
“1. Latino Standard Time (LST) refers to the amount of time between when someone of Latin American origin says that they will be somewhere, and when they actually are. Generally Latino standard time ranges between LT (Local Time) + 30 min and LT + 2h. In rare instances, LST can be LT + up to 1 day.” – as defined by Urban Dictionary
Chipotle. No, not the restaurant. I’m talkin’ real “honest-to-abuela” chipotle. A little goes a long way here. I’m using only half a chipotle pepper to make the Chipotle Cocktail Sauce. If you like it hotter, by all means, go for it! I’m just looking for the taste of the chipotle to heighten the sauce. Not to send my guests to the nearest water fountain.
Here’s a lazy cook’s trick: Buy a bottle of already made cocktail sauce. Dice up half a chipotle pepper. Squeeze some lime for freshness. Stir, and BAM! You’ve got instant Chipotle Cocktail Sauce! Personally, I make my own because I like to control the amount of horseradish, but I totally get having to rush to get in front of the TV before the game starts. Enjoy!
- 2 lbs cooked shrimp
- ½ cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
- Juice of 1 lime
- ½ chipotle pepper, finely diced
- Prepare the shrimp on the serving platter.
- In a small bowl, mix all the remaining ingredients together.
- Serve with shrimp and enjoy!