how to make an ice bowl
My favorite appetizer trick is to thaw a bag of frozen shrimp and serve it with cocktail sauce. Let’s face it, whether it’s a small party or a holiday bash, you’ve got a lot to stress about: cleaning the house, picking out music, making sure the martinis are ready to roll when guests arrive. The last thing you need is to assemble a hundred bite-size morsels.
But presentation is key when trying to spruce up a blah bag of shrimp, and the holidays call for extra special treatment. This ice bowl rocks the house as far as I’m concerned.
It’s fabulous at parties because it’s so adaptable, easy to make, and did I mention free? Fill it up with shrimp or crudités, and it will keep everything fresh and cool the whole night. Well, not quite the whole night; it does melt. But you have at least an hour and a half before the plate underneath floods.
What you'll need:
- 2 metal bowls
- Beans or pie weights
- 1 large plate
- 1-pound bag frozen shrimp (or crudités)
- Cocktail sauce (or your favorite crudités dipping sauce)
How to make one:
Fill a large metal bowl half way with water and place a smaller metal bowl in the water. (I used an 8-inch-diameter bowl and a 6-inch-diameter bowl.) Place beans or pie weights inside the smaller bowl, make sure the smaller bowl is centered. Freeze overnight. Defrost at room temperature for about 10 minutes, until bowls are loose enough to remove. Place ice bowl on a plate and fill with shrimp (or crudités). Serve sauce alongside.