Shrimp With Cream Cheese Appetizer. Easy. It only needs 3 ingredients and takes 5 minutes. Scrumptious.
This Shrimp With Cream Cheese Appetizer was one of my “go to” dips for 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.) There is no cooking involved, so anyone can make this in about 10 minutes.
Not only is it quick, but it’s tasty. And you can probably make it out of foods you have on hand: 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.)
It makes an elegant snack for a “moment of gracious living” as my mother-in-law used to say. 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.
What You Need
For this recipe, you need a serving dish (bowl or platter), a basket for the chips, a little spreader and a tiny fork or toothpicks, and a colander to drain the shrimp. And get some of my favorite gluten free chips (Milton’s Gluten Free Crispy Sea Salt Baked Crackers). Everyone will love them.
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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