Monday, January 17, 2011

Gift of the Day: Tervis Tumblers a Whole New Way

Tervis Tumblers with Butter Sauce for Sarasota Shrimp

Tervis Tumblers promise to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold, and I'm so in love with the fact the tumblers keep the ice fresh in my diet coke that I rarely think to use them for anything hot.

Last night I was hosting a small birthday dinner and wanted to keep it simple with placemats, but I was serving Sarasota Shrimp (recipe below) which includes a delicious butter dipping sauce.  My butter warmers are great, but without fail you end up with a table full of butter drips which is a yucky mess to clean up. 

Divine inspiration or to quote Plato 'necessity, who is the mother of invention' directed me to give my 12 oz Tervis Tumblers a try as butter sauce cups.  They were perfect!  The butter sauce stayed perfectly warm while we were at the table and the 12 oz Tervis Tumblers were great for dunking the shrimp.

Other ideas for using the 'Cocktail Size' Tervis Tumblers  to keep sauces warm would be maple syrup for pancakes or french toast sticks, chocolate sauce, and maybe even an au jus or gravy.  Of course, the tumblers would work well to keep dips and sauces cold too!  Great for vegetable dip (our favorite is Spinach & Herb Dip Mix from Tastefully Simple, cocktail sauce, pimento cheese or salsa.

Here is the recipe for Sarasota Shrimp (adapted from Sunsational, Junior League of Greater Orlando)

For the boil:
  1. Mix the boil, onion, lemons and celery into about 1/2 gallon water
  2. Allow to sit for 30 minutes or so
  3. Simmer for at least 30 minutes before adding the shrimp; you can simmer longer if you wish
  4. Once the boil is bubbling, add shrimp and boil for 3-5 minutes til done
For the butter sauce (this makes way more than you need for 4-5 lbs of shrimp):

  • 3 sticks butter
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbs Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbs Tarragon vinegar
  • 3-4 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 8 dashes of Tabasco sauce
Mix all of the above and stir regularly over low heat. Sauce ends up a light brown/golden yellow color.  Pour into your 12 oz Tervis Tumblers and serve!

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