Sunday, August 12, 2012

Weekend Cooking

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Well, I went back in time this week---to an oldie, but a goodie.  Just your classic Shrimp and Cream Cheese dip.
I know it's still popular, and everyone has done it, made it, tasted it, but sometimes the simplest recipes are the ones we forget to post about.
We were invited to some friends for a 'get together' this weekend and it was my job to take the appetizer, so I made this easy, classic dip/spread that everyone loves. 
I've seen a few different takes on this basic cream cheese, cocktail sauce and shrimp spread.  I've seen it with chives or green onions.  Or black olives.  That all sounds great, but I just went with the classic this time. (for the most part)

the most basic recipe I can find online calls for just
cream cheese
cocktail sauce
canned shrimp

and it's great that won't see me turning any of that down....

....but this is how I did it this time:

Cream Cheese and Shrimp Dip

1 oz block of cream cheese
1/4 cup of Miracle Whip
a smidgen of garlic powder

mix that together and spread on a serving dish

1 jar of cocktail sauce  (your favorite)
spread over the cream cheese mixture

Top with canned or fresh shrimp.  I used fresh as we like it better.
Squeeze the juice of a half a fresh lime over the top.

Serve with crackers.

(there was none left to bring home from the party for me the next day!)

And then....just to show you how I scored this week---a picture of two little cookbooks I picked up at World Market.  I'm so excited to make something from each of them.  I've sat down with a glass of iced tea and gone over them from cover to cover (they are filled with gorgeous photos) and marked a few recipes from each.   I've not done, or even eaten much of,  Indian or Moroccan cooking, so as I said,  I'm kind of excited. 
The Handyman?   Not so much.   He's a simple man--give him a steak, a baked potato and a green salad drowning in blue cheese dressing and he's a happy man.
I feel it is my duty to broaden his horizons.
He's a lucky man.


Beth F said...

First, awesome score on the cookbooks. They look great.

And yes, you're right, people forget about the wonder standbys. I need to add this shrimp spread back into my rotation. It's always a winner.

bermudaonion said...

Any time you take shrimp to a party you come home empty handed!

Cecelia said...

I've never made a shrimp dip - I think it's a staple for my mother and grandmother's generation more than mine. That said - it sounds delicious, and I shall have to make it when I have some friends over (don't want to be tempted to eat it all myself!). Thanks for sharing your recipe!

caite said...

I gave never seen this..but I never say no to a dish with shrimp.

Kailana said...

Oh, the guy would really like this. I should buy shrimp more often!

Pierce said...

Nice dish! I would like this for our patio meals.

Karen said...

I love this dip - and so dang easy!

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