Holy Jolokia! This Is a Great Shrimp Appetizer Recipe…..And a Give-Away

January 7, 2011 at 7:37 am | Posted in Appetizers, Seafood | 42 Comments
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No…no…no…Hub’s camera, I said I wanted the background blurred, not the foreground. I swear, these cameras have a mind of their own!

This is a delicious appetizer, a riff on a Buffalo Chicken Wing recipe. It comes together in a snap and I could have eaten about two dozen.

The shrimp are breaded in a cayenne and  flour breading, sautéed in a Buffalo-style butter and hot wing sauce combo, then stand tall in blue cheese dressing. Served alongside a battalion of cool crunchy celery… this dish equals a delicious bite after bite of hot..crunch..cool..blue cheesy delight. But first let’s talk about the Hot Wing Sauce I used in this recipe. A sauce that’s made from the Hottest Pepper In The World!

Sticky Brand Sauces is a local Colorado company that makes some very tasty Chicken Wing and BBQ Sauces.  And I mean TASTY. Curiosity got the best of me when, at a product demonstration at Tony’s Market, a company representative told me about their highly flavorful hot wing sauce made from the mysterious Jolokia pepper (also called the Ghost Pepper). From India, he added, “It’s the hottest pepper in the world”.

Of course I bought some. How could I resist the triple-dog-dare nuance. It’s interesting to taste this sauce straight from the bottle. When it first hit my tongue I went into survival mode. With watering eyes, short of breath and the kitchen sink in sight, I ran for the phone in case I needed to call 911,  but almost immediately, and to my pleasant surprise, the heat faded into a warm peppery tingle. A pleasant flavorful pepper flavor followed. I wanted to do it all over again. Like a fine wine, it had a long long finish…in a barbed-wire sort of way.

Am I glad I bought it? Yes! And going forward I knew I would use this sauce with delightful caution and would no longer be afraid of well-crafted hot pepper sauces.

So here’s the fun part. Rob over at Sticky Brand Sauces has agreed to give one lucky winner a bottle of this very special Ghost Pepper Sauce along with a bottle of the sauce of your choice. Simple rules. Just head over to the Sticky Brand Sauce website and take a look around. Choose  one other sauce besides the Jolokia Sauce that you’d like to receive.  Leave that selection in the comment section of my blog.  That’s right the winner will get two bottles…a bottle of  Holy Jolokia and the bottle of your choice.  Sticky Brand Sauces.  So head on over and Pick Your Sticky.

Winner will be selected randomly and deadline for this contest is January 16

Easy Enough?  Fair enough?  Any questions?  Thanks Rob over at Sticky Brand Sauces.  Now let’s take a look at this great recipe.

Holy Jolokia Buffalo Shrimp (adapted from Food.com)

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 ounces Maytag blue cheese (about 1 cup crumbled)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 dozen large shrimp shelled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-2 teaspoons Sticky Brand Sauce Holy Jolokia Wing Sauce (or your favorite wing sauce) 

In a bowl, combine first six ingredients to make blue cheese dip. Cover and refrigerate. 

In a shallow bowl, combine flour salt and cayenne pepper. Pat shrimp dry and toss in the flour mixture, coating well. In a large skillet heat oil, butter and 1 – 2 teaspoons hot sauce. Amount depends on how much heat and flavor you want. Add shrimp and cook about 4-5 minutes per side, until nicely browned. Pour a little of the sauce over the shrimp while browning.

Place dollops of the blue cheese dressing on a platter. Stand a piece of shrimp in each dollop and serve with celery sticks.

Adding a little bit at a time and tasting as I went, I used probably just over one teaspoon of this very hot sauce and it seemed to deliver the perfect flavor and heat. Showy and delicious with great flavors, I will make this appetizer over and over. 

Holy Jolokia! Buffalo Shrimp…It’s What’s for a Delicious Appetizer.



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  1. Durn cameras…never cooperating 😉 YUM! What else can I say? I totally want to try this…plus the Tangy Wing “Sticky Chick”. 🙂

  2. I vote for you bringing this dip to the blogger meeting, please, please, please!!!
    I am fighting with my new camera, too. I like your picture anyways.

  3. The appetizer looks and sounds delicious – great presentation with it. My second choice is “Tangy Wing Sticky Chick”

  4. I’m a lover of hot sauce — mainly because I grew up in a house that was very bland!

  5. Sounds like an absolutely fabulous, fabulous appetizer.. I am definitely adding this to my Superbowl menu! EXCELLENT post!

  6. Love these sauces! BTW – Rob and my bro Danny (Tony’s CEO) played hockey together as little kids and went to high school together. A mighty nice fella and a heck of a cook!

  7. Snaps for the local product. Always love a new local find! Recipe sounds great. Must share I believe it was the ghost pepper I saw featuring in a horrifying episode of Gordon Ramsey travelling India and a contest of locals rubbing them in their eyes. Amazing and frightening.

    I would love to try the ‘Sticky Buffalo’….how could you not want to try to try something with that name!

    So love the tip Lea Ann!

  8. Love the idea of a buffalo shrimp – much more than a wing! I could plow right through that beautifully presented plate. I would love to try the original “sticky face” version! Thank you for trying another one of my recipes and happy to hear you liked it!

  9. wow this looks amazing and your brave he he

  10. Those buffalo shrimp look so good! Can’t wait to try them. All the sauces sound so good. Hoping I will try them all eventually. For now, the second choice would be “Sticky Buffalo” Do you know another place to purchase this product? I love Tony’s, but pretty far from Brighton. Also can’t wait to try your English muffin recipe.

  11. I read your blog to Mike and he says it sounds great! He loves shrimp, hot, and blue cheese.

    Thank you Lea Ann

  12. Well you just KNOW my choice would be the Ghost Pepper BBQ sauce, right?

    I can imagine how scorching hot that is, I remember watching Adam Richman sweating bullets after eating something with Jolokia Bhuta in it.

  13. OK – I’ll bite 😉 my second choice – Tangy Wing “Sticky Chick”. The recipe looks wonderful! The sauces…always looking for a great bbq sauce and often disappointed. Maybe these are “it” 🙂

  14. This does look like a wonderful super bowl recipe or a great way to drown my sorrows when my daughter goes back to college tomorrow.

  15. This is the most scrumptious shrimp recipe I’ve seen in ages. I can’t wait to try it with that spicy sauce and blue cheese dressing. This is seriously going to threaten my resolve to eat better this month.

  16. Love to eat shrimp coated in a hot sauce; excellent idea and execution!

  17. I love anything cooked in hot sauce-Hot Jolokai would be my choice. Thank you.

  18. This really sounds delicious. These are better than buffalo wings to be sure. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  19. I would like to try the ‘Sticky Face”. We just had some Bhut joklia salsa from Renfro. Ms. Goofy was mad dad I did not warn her. It was smokin hot. If you are not used to the heat you should be cautous whith the Ghost Pepper.

  20. Oh my – I’m such a spicy food lover and this looks fabulous! I love the idea of Hot Shrimps – delicous idea. Your photo is good, too. Very well composed and so colorful. I picked my sticky: “Sticky Ghost Wing”
    Great post!

  21. This is a gorgeous appetizer!! Love the presentation, and LOVE anything Buffalo style!

  22. This recipe is a great idea. I can’t wait to try it with some wing sauces we have on hand. But of course, I now have to get my hands on some Sticky Brand Sauces personally for the real deal.

    Great post Lea Ann, and I love the way you write. I’ve subscribed to your blog.

  23. YUM! This sounds wonderful – it’s been too long since I’ve had me some good wings with bleu cheese sauce. I’d like to try the original “Sticky Face” sauce. On another note – I did some reading on the King Arthur site and found where they suggested to replace the 3T potato flour with 1/2 cup of instant potato flakes (for the garlic knots). In my recipe, I just replaced the same amount. So, thought I’d let you know. I’m going to give them a try with the 1/2 cup flakes instead of 3T. Great recipe and great giveaway! If I don’t win, I think I’ll order some anyway 🙂

  24. I have got to get myself over to Tony’s…you always get the cool stuff there! I have come a long way baby…in the spirit of peppers but I’m thinking this might be a bit beyond my comfort level but I’m game to give it a shot. Great looking shrimp and your photos are looking better and better.

    Can you manage your point of reference? It’s not unusual for the bokeh (blur) to be around that point so in a pic like this you would have to make sure your camera was set for the point of reference to be that first yummy shrimp, not the ones in the middle.

    All stuff I hope we can play with in our new group; I’m so excited!

  25. Now this is a fabulous giveaway!! I want Sticky Buffalo!!

  26. Well, I guess if I HAD to pick, I’d choose the Sticky Chick, but they do all sound so good. I love this take on Buffalo Chicken. Thanks!

    Love your blog!

  27. Oh wow – sounds yummy!!

  28. This sounds fab! I like the bleu cheese pairing. If I had to make a choice, I’d go with the Tangy Sweet BBQ Sticky Face just so I can take it to the next neighborhood BBQ.

  29. I am thinking the Tangy Sweet BBQ “Sticky Face” 🙂

    Your buffalo shrimp appetizer looks wonderful-it would be perfect for tomorrow’s College National Championship game. My family would enjoy this appetizer. Thanks for the idea.

  30. I think I may have tried this brand of salsa at the Fancy Food show last year, it was really hot! I’ve been afraid of trying ghost chiles, I’m sure it gives the salsa a good kick. The shrimp looks delicious!

  31. Sounds wonderful and a beautiful presentation!

  32. Great idea, Lea Ann…..shrimp instead of wings! Love your photo, blurred or not. The shrimp looks perfect sticking out of the delish blue cheese dip.
    I’m not familiar with Sticky Brand Sauces. Timely snack AND giveaway!

  33. You injected some SERIOUS flavor into this shrimp! I love it. Buffalo-infused anything is exactly my style.

  34. Shrimp looks awesome! Sounds like an fantastic sauce. The kind that makes your eyes water, but still has good flavor.

  35. don’t cameras just do what they want..lol
    great shrimp, perfect for superbowl…


  36. Cameras do have a mind of their own and to take those blurring out pictures are quite a challenge. You are one brave soul to try this pepper sauce on it’s own though I’d probably do the same 😉 Great idea to mix it into a sauce.

  37. Love the sauces! Holy yum!

  38. Love it hot and like that it’s local. I’m with Kirsten – would love to try even if it’s 10 am. Happy New Year (a little late). – Andrea

  39. Hey Lea Ann! I always love seeing what you’re cooking up next. This one is a keeper! FYI – the picture still looks mouthwatering. 🙂


  40. […] Here is the link to Lea Ann’s Buffalo Wing style shrimp recipe: https://highlandsranchfoodie.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/buffalo-shrimp-blue-cheese-appetizer/ […]

  41. […] THE WINNER of my Sticky Brand Sauce give away is Chris over at Nibble Me […]

  42. Oh my that looks good, we are big Sticky fans

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