Why in the world are there are so many packaged cocktail sauces on the market? To being with, most of these sauces have flavors that range from insipid to downright nasty. And, nothing could be simpler than to whip up a homemade cocktail sauce from scratch.
All you really need are four ingredients: ketchup, prepared horseradish, lemon juice, and black pepper. These things last forever, and it's easy to always have them on hand in the fridge. Fresh lemon juice is best, but you can keep a small bottle of lemon juice tucked away on the fridge door just in case.
About a 3 to 1 to 1 ratio of ketchup to horseradish to lemon juice should do the trick, with a dash or two of black pepper. But, like with all recipes, experiment to get the combination that tastes best to you. Then, just stir and serve. Perfect for shrimp and other seafood dishes.
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