I interrupt my recount of Hawaiian food to bring you this month’s Crazy Ingredient Challenge! This month the task was to combine Coconut and Tomato. Upon seeing the ingredient list I thought I was going to sit this one out as I am allergic to coconut. But then I got an idea and decided, why not! Just because I can’t eat it doesn’t mean my friends can’t be my taste buds.
My original idea was to do a play on the Bloody Mary – either make a virgin version substituting vodka for coconut water, or simply adding coconut water to the cocktail, or even making a “creamy” version with coconut milk, garnished of course with toasted coconut.
This idea was altered slightly when I searched Food Network’s website for Bloody Mary recipes. I’d never had one before! I found Rachael Ray’s recipe for Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail and thought, that’s a better idea! And I can serve it with coconut shrimp instead of typical shrimp cocktail. This way also prevents my husband from trying multiple Bloody Marys before I came up with the right recipe. I also bought cocktail shrimp so I could dip in too!
I served this appetizer during last weekend’s football game. We had some friends over and I was given the “this is addicting” nod of approval. I hope this boozy dip makes it to your next tailgate!
Coconut Shrimp with Bloody Mary Dip
Ingredients for Shrimp:
- Canola oil, for frying
- 1 lb peeled, deveined shrimp
- 1 C flour
- 1/2 tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- 4 eggs
- 1 C panko breadcrumbs
- 1 C shredded sweetened coconut
Ingredients for Dip:
- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 2 tbsp horseradish
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire
- 2 tsp hot sauce
- 2-3 shots of vodka, to taste
- Bring oil to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl combine flour, garlic powder, and onion powder. In another bowl beat eggs and season with S+P. In a third bowl combine coconut and panko. Season shrimp with S+P and dredge in flour, egg, and panko. Fry shrimp 2 minutes on each side. It’s best to do this in batches so as not to decrease the oil temperature too much.
- Combine dip ingredients. Serve with celery sticks!
*The shrimp is adapted from The Neelys and the dip is modified from Rachael Ray*