My Mom's Hot Shrimp Dip

By drbabs
January 15, 2011
14 Comments
My Mom's Hot Shrimp Dip


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...), 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 in 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.
drbabs

Makes: about 3 cups; can be multiplied

Ingredients

  • 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 cooked shrimp (see headnote--we use Zatarain's crab boil), 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 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-12 dashes Tabasco (depending on how hot you like it)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  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 with crackers or toasted slices of French bread.

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14 Comments

healthierkitchen January 18, 2011
Sounds delicious - glad your family was able to gather together!
 
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drbabs January 18, 2011
Thanks so much--me, too!
 
dymnyno January 18, 2011
Sounds like a great tradition!
 
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drbabs January 18, 2011
It is--it started when I was a baby--and continued until Hurricane Katrina. We really had fun all getting together this year.
 
littleclove January 18, 2011
I'm a big fan of family recipes, too. LOVE it. Thanks for this!
 
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drbabs January 18, 2011
Thank you for noticing it! Enjoy!
 
lastnightsdinner January 17, 2011
Dips are such a family thing aren't they? This sounds great.
 
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drbabs January 17, 2011
Thanks--yes, i think dips are all part of our collective unconscious.
 
Sagegreen January 17, 2011
A great family recipe!
 
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drbabs January 17, 2011
Thanks, sagegreen!
 
Midge January 17, 2011
This sounds so tasty drbabs.
 
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drbabs January 17, 2011
Thanks, Midge! We make a double recipe and it gets devoured.
 
Lizthechef January 15, 2011
Looks yummy - LOVE family recipes and cooking/eating traditions!
 
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drbabs January 15, 2011
Me, too-thanks!