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Bloody Brain

Creative presentation can turn classic cocktail shrimp into a gruesome Halloween hors d'oeuvre.

  • Servings: 10
Bloody Brain


  • 2 3/4 pounds large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cooked
  • 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh horseradish
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Prepared cocktail sauce, for serving


  1. Arrange shrimp in a 6 1/2- to 7-cup brain-shaped mold with tails facing upwards in vertical rows.

  2. Fill a glass bowl with 1 2/3 cups cold water; sprinkle gelatin over water and let stand 5 minutes. In a small saucepan, cook gelatin mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin has dissolved. Whisk in lemon juice, horseradish, salt, Old Bay, and cayenne pepper until well combined.

  3. Pour gelatin mixture over shrimp in mold. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing down on the surface. Fit a plate into mold and weight with cans. Refrigerate until set, about 5 hours. Invert mold onto a serving platter; serve with cocktail sauce.

Reviews (4)

  • shariboo 28 Oct, 2010

    I make this every year and it is a hit! I wish I knew about the head stand idea, I will use it next year. I use tomato paste and no horseradish and I use Roasted red peppers for the veins. Love you Martha

  • heidiann529 13 Oct, 2010

    You can buy a head stand at a cosmetology supplier like Sally's Beauty Supply. I found the brain mold at a Halloween store called Spirit's. Hope this helps!

  • salholz 11 Oct, 2010

    Where do you get the head stand and mold?

  • ellenbailey 11 Oct, 2010

    Where do you get the head stand?

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