Seafood and fish are naturals for nautical, but we've come up with three distinctive hors d'oeuvres to make your party really stand-out. In addition to these recipes, check out our hors d'oeuvre recipe section for more ideas. Here are our suggestions for a nautical-themed party:
Marinated Shrimp with Snow Pea Sails
Life Rings & Crab Buoys
Phyllo Flag Triangles with Spinach
And for the bar add a bowl of goldfish, Life Savers, or gummy fish.
Marinated Shrimp with Snow Pea Sails1
Advance prep: 1-2 days before the party (required)
Last-minute prep: Add snow pea sails up to 4 hours before. Easy
Makes 30 Hors d'oeuvres
1-1/2 lbs large shrimp (30), peeled & deveined
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1/3 cup sesame oil
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
Salt & pepper to taste
15-20 snow peas
Steps to prepare:
Cook shrimp in boiling water until pink, 2 to 3 minutes.
Drain shrimp and immerse in cold water to cool & prevent overcooking.
Drain again and put in a glass or stainless steel bowl.
Whisk together vinegar, oil, garlic, ginger, salt & pepper.
Pour over shrimp and stir to coat.
Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 days, stirring at least every 8 hours.
Up to 4 hours before serving, string the snow peas and blanch in boiling water for 30 seconds.
Drain and immediately immerse in ice water to chill.
Cut each snow pea in half crosswise to create two pieces that look like sails.
Insert a toothpick from the cut end along the straight edge of the snow pea to peak out of the top like a sailboat mast.
Insert a snow pea sail into each shrimp and serve.