From brined and roasted birds that take days to prepare, to the effort it takes to make epic sides and desserts that sometimes require more sticks of butter than you might want to think about, a lot of fuss can go into entertaining for the holidays. I like to have a few go-to options that lighten the load and make hosting a breeze.
For a big helping of flavor without a lot of effort, I turn to shrimp cocktail. I can buy the already-cooked shrimp at Whole Foods Market and still put my own personal touch on it with a homemade cocktail sauce. My top picks include Classic Cocktail Sauce opens in a new tab for the traditionalists in my life, Spicy Green Onion Dipping Sauce opens in a new tabfor adventure seekers and Clementine-Chipotle Cocktail Sauce opens in a new tabfor those who color outside of the culinary lines.
A full serving of Quality Standards
I appreciate that wild-caught shrimp at Whole Foods Market is rated either a “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative” by Monterey Bay Aquarium opens in a new tab and The Safina Center opens in a new tab, and that they prohibit preservatives.
The Responsibly Farmed opens in a new tab shrimp has been raised according to the company’s strict Aquaculture Standards and is third-party audited to ensure that the standards are being met. Those standards include:
No preservatives, no antibiotics, no land animal products in feed
Fully traceable from the farm to our seafood case
Farms all third-party audited
No conversions of sensitive ecosystems such as mangrove forests into shrimp farms
With these standards in place, I’m coming home with great tasting shrimp I can feel good about serving to my loved ones this holiday season.
What do you do to make holiday entertaining easier?