Sooz’s Spicy Super Bowl Shooters

The reason women don’t play football is because eleven of them would never wear the same outfit in public.
Phyllis Diller

OK, I’ll admit it…I love football!  I don’t really know why, but I think a lot of it has to do with food, OK maybe beer and food, OK maybe beer, food, men in tights and the best Bloody Mary’s at the Bengals games on Sundays.

So when I was getting ready to bring an appetizer to our annual neighborhood Super Bowl Party, some kind of shooter with shrimp kept coming to mind.

What I came up with was quite a hit.. a Cooks Illustrated recipe with an added dry rub rim…the perfecto combo…and so follows my adapted spinoff:

Spicy Shrimp Cocktail Shooters

Recipe By: adapted from Cooks Illustrated
Yield: 24

Ingredients

5 limes
2 1/2 cups Bloody Mary mix
3/4 cup tequila
1 lb. extra-large shrimp (21 to 25 per pound)
fresh cilantro

Directions:
1. Squeeze 3 limes for 6 tablespoons juice, reserving spent lime rinds, and cut remaining 2 limes into wedges. Combine 2 tablespoons lime juice, Bloody Mary mix, and tequila in pitcher and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.

2. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails on. Stem and mince 2 tablespoons cilantro, reserving stems. Combine shrimp, remaining 1/4 cup lime juice, lime rinds, reserved cilantro stems, 1 tablespoon salt, and 4 cups cold water in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until shrimp are pink, firm to touch, and centers are no longer translucent, 8 to 10 minutes (water should be just bubbling around edge of pan; do not boil). Off heat, cover pan and let shrimp sit in broth for 2 minutes.

3. Fill medium bowl with ice water. Drain shrimp and add to ice water, discarding limes and cilantro, until no longer warm, about 3 minutes. Drain shrimp, pat dry with paper towels, and toss with minced cilantro, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; refrigerate until needed.

4. Season tequila mixture with salt and pepper to taste and pour evenly into 24 shot glasses. Arrange shrimp and lime wedges on edges of glasses and serve.

5. TO MAKE AHEAD: Shrimp can be cooked, chilled, and refrigerated in airtight container for up to 1 day; toss with cilantro, salt, and pepper before serving. Tequila mixture can be refrigerated for up to 8 hours.

Notes:
I used the tasting glasses from Pier One for presentation, love these!

To make a nonalcoholic version, substitute an equal amount of Bloody Mary mix for the tequila.

This turned out great, but I made it even better by rimming the shot glasses with a combo of the following:
2 T. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. paprika
cayenne to taste
Dip glasses in water, then in the mixture before fillng with bloody mary mix

 

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