Turn classic cocktail shrimp into a gruesome Halloween hors d'oeuvre that will terrify and delight party-goers. Arrange shrimp in a deep bowl, pour a gelatin-based cocktail sauce over the shrimp, and chill until set.



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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Rating: 1 stars
This should work in theory, but it doesn't. All the spices stuck to the silicone mold and the gelatin was wayyyy too much. It was gross and flavorless. I wasted 2 lbs of shrimp
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Martha Stewart is my hero! She has amazing creativity and this is another example of that fact! I love making this ghoulish Halloween appetizer and watching my guest's reaction when they see it on the table! Ya gotta see my pictures at http://robynsflight.wordpress.com
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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
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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!
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Where do you get the head stand and mold?
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Where do you get the head stand?