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December 13, 2022

Here’s How to Make a Retro Shrimp Christmas Tree for Your Holiday Party

Every Christmas you try to innovate and surprise your visitors, maybe it’s time to find an old cookbook. You will be able to create unimaginable things and put them on the dining table. Now, it’s time to introduce everyone to your famous Christmas tree with shrimp.

What you need
3 pounds shrimp, fresh or frozen
2 quarts water
1/2 cup salt
4 large bunches curly endive
1 styrofoam cone, 2-1/2 feet high
1 styrofoam square, 12″ x 12″ x 1″
1 small box round toothpicks
Cocktail sauce


Thaw frozen shrimp; place shrimp in boiling salted water. Cover and simmer about 5 minutes or until shrimp pink and tender. Drain. Peel fresh shrimp, leaving last section of tails on. Remove sand veins and wash. Chill. Separate and wash endive; chill.

Place cone in center of styrofoam square; draw a circle around base of cone. Cut out circle and insert cone.

Cover base and cone with overlapping leaves of endive, fastening leaves of endive with toothpick halves. (Stick toothpicks into endive and styrofoam.) Start at the outside edge of the base and work up. Cover fully with greens to resemble Christmas tree.

Attach shrimp artistically to the tree with toothpicks.

Provide cocktail sauce in several dishes for dunking shrimp. Place tree on large plate or tray, and add leftover shrimp around the base.

Top tree with ribbon, tinsel, or your favorite ornament. Provide cocktail sauce for dunking.

Recipe makes about 12 servings.

Note: Chili sauce with horseradish blended into it makes a good shrimp dip. Blend to taste, adding cream if blander dip preferred.

1 comment:

  1. That's crazier than "Kramp's 4th of July Heritage Loaf".




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