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  • Serves: 4 Servings

Return To Life Cocktail (Vuelve a la Vida)

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Category: Appetizers

 Ingredients List

  • 1/2 lb Octopus
  • 3 lb Small to medium shrimp
  • 1/3 lb Crab meat
  • 1/3 lb Squid
  • Cocktail Sauce (recipe
  • Follows)
  • 1 sm Ripe tomato, chopped
  • 1 Serrano chile, seeded and
  • Minced
  • 1 Avocado, peeled and chopped,
  • Plus enough for garnish,if
  • Desired
  • 2 Green onions, including tops
  • Sliced into fine disks
  • 2 tb Minced cilantro


Boil each type of seafood in salted water separately, until tender:

Octopus: You may have to purchase a whole octopus. A large one (more than l
pound) may require up to 2 hours; a smaller one may take only l 1/2 hours.
Cut the thick portions of cooked octopus meat into 1/2-inch rings, but
leave the slender tips of the ten

Shrimp The shrimp are done when they turn pink about 3 to 4 minutes. After
cooking, cool and peel.

Crab meat Fresh crabmeat requires about 3 minutes of cooking. Cool and
remove meat from the shells.

Squid: Cut the squid into 1/4-inch rings, removing the hard core from the
head and separating the tentacles into 3 or 4 bunches. Boil only for about
l0 minutes; overcooking will toughen meat.

Prepare the sauce. Toss the prepared seafood with the vegetables and
cilantro. Serve in old-fashioned ice-cream sundae glasses or in fluted
goblets. If desired, you may garnish with slices of avocado. Makes 4

Cocktail Sauce: Mix together 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, 1/4
cup water and salt to taste.

Per serving: Calories 281 Fat 10g Cholesterol 314 mg Sodium 831 mg
Percent calories from fat 32%

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