Shrimp Dip

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Shrimp dip is a simple, versatile appetizer that can easily be made into elegant single-serving hors d'oeuvres perfect for a fancy cocktail party or formal wedding reception.
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Step 1: Tools and Ingredients

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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)

Optional additions:
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise or sour cream (for a thinner dip)

cutting board
bowl and fork for mixing (optional: food processor)
small spoon

Step 2: Combine dip ingredients

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- Drain the can of shrimp, and mash into the cream cheese.
- 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

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To serve your shrimp dip as single-serving hors d'ouevres, you need a nice base with a bit of crunch.  I find crackers boring, so went with lemon cucumber and tomato for clean-handling yet healthy finger-food.  You could use a cracker alone, or layered with cucumber, tomato, radish, or any other veggie you like.

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

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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.
Easy and quick to make it. Thanks for your sharing.
lemonie4 years ago

And the one-and-only correct brand of sauce.

canida (author)  lemonie4 years ago
Really? I thought brown sauce was OK too.
lemonie canida4 years ago
Brown sauce has too much sugar and bulk. But it's great with chips...

Ninzerbean4 years ago
This is a keeper, great photos too.
canida (author)  Ninzerbean4 years ago
zascecs4 years ago
Great pics
canida (author)  zascecs4 years ago
Thank you!
I've been working on taking better food pictures - it's more difficult than you might imagine.
zascecs canida4 years ago
Especially with a bad camera...
l8nite4 years ago
Taking good pics can be very difficult but you did a great job on these. I guess that being able to just throw a net in the river and catch shrimp has spoiled me, I never realized you could buy them canned. I like to add old bay or crabboil seasonings to myshrimp or crab dips because thats how I usually cook them. Thanks for getting my taste buds working overtime.....
canida (author)  l8nite4 years ago
I'm jealous of your easy access to great shrimp! It's hard to buy shrimp that aren't raised in scarily polluted ponds in SE Asia, so when I saw canned wild pink shrimp I nabbed a couple of cans. (Canned shrimp is better than no shrimp at all...)

Good call on the Old Bay. That's my seasoning of choice too.