Step 1: Tools and Ingredients
1 can shrimp, drained
4 oz cream cheese
1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
1 small clove garlic, grated
1 lemon wedge, juiced
zest from ~1/4 lemon
2 plum tomatoes (or other firm-fleshed tomato. Mine came from Wild Boar Farms.)
2 lemon cucumbers or 1 English cucumber
handful fresh herb of your choice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper (white or black)
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise or sour cream (for a thinner dip)
bowl and fork for mixing (optional: food processor)
Step 2: Combine Dip Ingredients
- Add Worchestershire sauce, garlic lemon juice and zest, pepper, and salt.
- Mix, taste, and adjust seasonings as needed.
- Add chopped herbs if you like, and mix again.
Step 3: Prepare Base
Slice cucumbers and tomatoes, and arrange as shown below. Tomato slices should be slightly smaller than the base cucumber slices.
Be sure to use a very sharp knife, as a clean cut will make this much easier.
Step 4: Add Dip
Scoop dip onto your base. (Yes, I'm using a baby spoon - it's exactly the right size.)
For best results, leave a nice ring of tomato visible around the edge of the dip ball.
Step 5: Garnish
Add a caper for extra garnish bonus points. A bit of anchovy, preserved lemon, or roasted pepper could also work well.
Step 6: Serve
Chill until ready to serve, and as with any seafood take care that your food doesn't sit at room temperature too long. Set your serving tray on crushed ice inside another container if it's going to be a long party.
Eat, and enjoy the party! Your mastery of elegant finger foods has successfully convinced your friends and family that they're attending a classy event. Go you.
Of course, you can also serve this dip in a cheese-ball shape (same thickness) or a bowl (softer), with crackers and veggies. But it's less classy.
As always, I'd love to know if you've tried this recipe! Pictures of your versions are double-plus-good.