Shrimp Cocktail in Classic Red Gazpacho

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This is a beautiful first course with the fresh flavors of cucumber, cilantro and tomato. Our Classic Red Tomato Sauce brings a depth of flavor to the gazpacho and a seared shrimp finishes the dish off. This recipe is perfect for company and the last sun-drenched evenings of September before the Fall sets in.

Ingredients:

1 English cucumber, seeded and diced
½ cup diced red onion
1 cup Classic Red Tomato Sauce
½ cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
2 cloves garlic
1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika, divided
1 teaspoon horseradish
Sea salt to taste
2 tablespoons butter
½ pound shrimp (26-30 count), cleaned and shells removed
Diced cucumber and dill for garnish
Lime wedges

Method:

1.     Combine cucumber, onion, Classic Red Tomato Sauce, cilantro, garlic, ½ teaspoon smoked paprika and horseradish in a blender and puree until smooth. Season to taste with salt. Set aside.

2.     Season shrimp with remaining paprika and a bit of sea salt.

3.     In a medium sized frying pan over medium-high heat, sear shrimp in butter until just cooked (1-2 minutes per side).

4.     To serve, divide gazpacho into serving dishes and top with seared shrimp, diced cucumber and dill for garnish. You can also add a lime wedge to each dish as a final touch.

Melissa Vitelli