Watermelon Cucumber Shrimp CocktailA traditional favorite with a new twist.
2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
½ c. water
¼ c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 clove garlic, minced
Cracked pepper or hot pepper sauce to taste
1 lb. cooked, cleaned and chilled cocktail shrimp
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
¼ c. chopped cilantro leaves
4 3-in. watermelon circles
Thin breadsticks, sugar cane swizzles or celery sticks for garnish
Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the scallions and sauté. Remove from heat and stir in sesame oil. Set aside. Whisk together the lime juice, water, sugar, salt and garlic. Spice to taste with pepper or pepper sauce. Stir in the shrimp, cucumber and cilantro. Mix well then chill.
Divide the watermelon among 4 small dishes. Divide the shrimp and cucumber mixture over the watermelon and drizzle the scallion mixture over the top of each cocktail.