My Mom's Hot Shrimp Dip

By • January 15, 2011 • 14 Comments



Author Notes: This is one of those dishes that has been in the family for so long that my mother thinks she made it up. My parents used to entertain a lot, and every year we had a big gathering on Christmas day. (We're Jewish so we called it the Jingle Bells party.) This year, for the first time in many years, my siblings and I all made it back to New Orleans for Christmas, so we reprised the Jingle Bells party, complete with Aunt Julie's meatballs (http://www.food52.com/recipes/3119_aunt_julies_meatballs), my mother's egg salad sandwiches on white bread, and her shrimp dip. I'm not a fan of the egg salad, but this dip is really great--and of course you can adjust the seasoning to your taste.

How to prepare the shrimp is entirely up to you. We boil our shrimp with Zatarain's Crab boil--it comes in seasoning pouches and in liquid--you can add a tablespoon or two to the water in which you cook the shrimp.
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Makes about 3 cups; can be multiplied

  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature (and my mother advises you not to use low-fat)
  • 1/2 stick butter, room temperature (OK she uses margarine but that's just gross)
  • 2 cups boiled shrimp, peeled, deveined and cut into small pieces
  • 1 bunch scallions, finely chopped
  • juice and zest of 1/2-1 lemon, depending on your taste
  • 1-2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-12 dash Tabasco (depending on how hot you like it)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix cream cheese and butter till well blended. Stir in shrimp, scallions, Worcestershire sauce. Add Tabasco a little at a time and taste till it is as hot as you like. Add salt and fresh-ground black pepper if needed. Stir till blended.
  2. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, and serve warm.
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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

Sounds delicious - glad your family was able to gather together!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much--me, too!

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over 3 years ago dymnyno

Sounds like a great tradition!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

It is--it started when I was a baby--and continued until Hurricane Katrina. We really had fun all getting together this year.

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over 3 years ago littleclove

I'm a big fan of family recipes, too. LOVE it. Thanks for this!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you for noticing it! Enjoy!

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over 3 years ago lastnightsdinner

Dips are such a family thing aren't they? This sounds great.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks--yes, i think dips are all part of our collective unconscious.

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

A great family recipe!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks, sagegreen!

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over 3 years ago Midge

This sounds so tasty drbabs.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks, Midge! We make a double recipe and it gets devoured.

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over 3 years ago Lizthechef

Looks yummy - LOVE family recipes and cooking/eating traditions!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Me, too-thanks!