Shrimp With Cream Cheese Appetizer. Easy. Only 3 ingredients. Takes 5 minutes. Scrumptious.
Shrimp With Cream Cheese Appetizer—1980s Revisited
Hi. It’s Lois at Recipe Idea Shop, telling you about Shrimp With Cream Cheese Appetizer, one of my “go to” dips I took to a lot of parties in the 1980s and ’90s. (I wasn’t really a “party girl” but we had a group of friends who got together regularly around food.)
It’s quick and tasty. And you can make it out of foods you have on hand. Shrimp With Cream Cheese Appetizer has only three ingredients: cream cheese, Seafood Cocktail Sauce or Chili Sauce and baby shrimp.
If you don’t have store-bought cocktail sauce, you can make it in a jiffy with ketchup and horseradish. (See Homemade Seafood Cocktail Sauce.)
Serve Shrimp With Cream Cheese with crackers or tortilla chips, and you have an elegant snack. FYI, it is also terrific using crab instead of shrimp, and canned crab works fine. Be sure to offer a gluten free chips or crackers option. So many of us are gluten free these days.
FYI, These Are My Favorite Gluten Free Chips!
Stress Free Socials
I like to have people over for get-togethers. Before I get to the recipe, let me give you a few tips on having stress-free gatherings with friends and family. Lots of people have a hard time inviting others to their homes because they worry that their house is dirty and their friends might judge them harshly. The article suggested that instead of running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off, you relax and agree up front with your friends that if you didn’t mop the kitchen floor or plan an elaborate meal, it’s okay.
Consider these ground rules:
- No apologizing for a messy house.
- No running to the grocery store to buy something special to cook.
- No rushing to change your clothes.
- Keep it simple.
- No teasing or judging.
Remember, the people you invite to these informal gatherings (or people who stop by unexpectedly) are your friends. They are there to see you, not judge you for your cleaning habits. They won’t care what your house looks like. And trust me, their houses are just as dirty. No one vacuums and dusts every day unless they are obsessive or have lots of animals or a very good reason to do so.
Anyone who has kids knows you can spend all day cleaning, and your house can go from spotless to disaster in two seconds or less. All it takes is an upside down pizza, a spilled glass of chocolate milk or every Lego your kids own spread all over your freshly vacuumed floor.
Don’t run around, picking things up at the last minute and worrying that the kids just trashed the playroom. Take a deep breath and relax. Try to be present when your guests are there. Enjoy them and the evening.
Tips for Quick Meals
I have been cooking for so many years, that I can go to my pantry or freezer and make a stress free meal from what I have on hand. Here are a few tips to help you entertain without stress:
- Keep a supply of crackers, chips and salsa on hand.
- Slice some cheese or sausage, put crackers in a basket, and open a bottle of wine.
- Make popcorn.
- Cook a little extra when you make a good stew or meal, and save it in the freezer for a quick meal you can simply thaw and heat. I like to have Chilean Corn and Bean Stew in my freezer because it’s vegan, gluten free, filling and delicious.
Shrimp With Cream Cheese Appetizer is another great option. It doesn’t appear to be on most people’s radar lately, but it’s still tasty and SO easy. Add some crackers, and you have a terrific hors d’oeuvres or lunch. Truly easy peasy. And if you don’t like shrimp, you can substitute crab or something else.
In fact, that’s what my granddaughter Taevi and I had for lunch awhile back. She told me she loves me because I’m such a good cook and I should open a restaurant. So cute!
Shrimp with Cream Cheese Appetizer Recipe
Shrimp with Cream Cheese Appetizer
- 1 16-ounce bag of very small cooked bay shrimp (or a can of crabmeat, drained)
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 cup Cocktail Sauce (bottled Chili Sauce or Shrimp Sauce)
Rinse and drain the shrimp; set aside until thawed. (You can also substitute canned baby shrimp. Still rinse and drain them.)
- Spread the cream cheese in the bottom of a glass tart pan, a glass pie plate or another suitable 8- to 10-inch dish.
- Spread the cocktail sauce over the top of the cream cheese.
- Arrange the shrimp prettily on the top.
- Serve with crackers.
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