Potted shrimps

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Potted shrimps
Potted shrimp on toast with pickled cucumber.jpg
Potted shrimps on toast with pickles
Place of originLancashire
Main ingredientsbrown shrimp, nutmeg

Potted shrimps are a traditional British dish made with brown shrimp flavored with nutmeg. The dish consists of brown shrimp in nutmeg-flavoured butter, which has set in a small pot, the butter acting as a preservative.[1] Cayenne pepper may also be included.[2] It is traditionally eaten with bread.

Potted shrimp was a favourite dish of Ian Fleming who passed on his predilection for the delicacy to his fictional creation James Bond.[3] Fleming reputedly used to eat the dish at Scotts Restaurant on Mount Street in London.[4]

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  1. ^ Paston-Williams, Sara (2005). "Morecambe Bay shrimps". Fish: Recipes from a Busy Island. London: National Trust. p. 140. ISBN 0-7078-0357-8.
  2. ^ Beeton, Isabella (1998) [1861]. Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management (Facsim. reprint of: London, 1861 ed.). Lewis: Southover. ISBN 1-870962-15-X.
  3. ^ The Times, 20 June 2008
  4. ^ The Times, 20 June 2008