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What are Potted Shrimps?

Posted by bbstx (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 13, 12 at 16:27

I recently read about a literary blog that gave a book reviewer the award for "Best Hatchet Job" of the year. The prize was a year's supply of potted shrimps (sic). Is it like potted meat (YUK)?

I found a recipe for potted shrimp. It looked quite elegant. I can't resolve the recipe with the insult/joke of the prize. What am I missing?

Here is a link that might be useful: Hatchet Job Award article

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RE: What are Potted Shrimps?

the prize is not an insult.....the review is an insult...potted shrimp is delicious.
This is a Brit doing the review....he received a tongue (not pickled) in cheek award for writing a scathing review of a book.
Potted shrimp is's a British dish of chopped cooked and spiced shrimp packed into a crock with lots of butter and herbs and served on toast for cocktails.

RE: What are Potted Shrimps?

So, they are not the crustacean equivalent of potted meat? Lindac, your description matches the recipe on the Fine Cooking website. Sounds divine! May have to give it a try sometime, maybe while watching Downton Abbey!

RE: What are Potted Shrimps?

To make potted shrimps, firstly get hold of those really small brown shrimps. De-head and peel. Get a load of salted butter and melt it. Grate in a good dose of nutmeg. Put the shrimps into small ramekins and poor the butter on top. Serve on hot toast. Love the stuff!

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