30 March 2011

Shrimp Cream Cheese Dip


This is my office cooler snack. The one that I make when I want an excuse to hang out with my coworkers and discuss the results of Dancing with the Stars. They understand my love of Derek (who is not on this season) and Demetri (who is on this season!)

And speaking of my office, one of my coworkers won hor d'oeuvres at a local bar and grill so we went out after work. One of the items they had was a big bowl of shrimp. It could have easily served 20, but there were only eight of us there. So I bagged up the extras to make this dip. Waste not, want not -- and all that.

The Shopping List:

  • 1/4 pound of shrimp
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 tsp cooking sherry
  • 2 tbsp chives
  • 2 tbsp shallots
The Method:

Bring water to boil in a medium pan. Add in the sea salt and add the shrimp. Allow them to cook for about five minutes before draining water. Allow the shrimp to cool.

Pull out the ol' food processor and toss in the shrimp and let it rock for a half minute. Add in the cream cheese, lemon juice, cooking sherry, chives, shallots (taking the outer skin off beforehand), and the garlic salt. Process until it is smooth and thoroughly blended.

Toss it in the refrigerator to cool. I served with garlic pita chips which was a huge hit.

(Adapted from The Galley Gourmet)