Game Day is almost here! If you’re looking for some great appetizers that you can make a touchdown with I think I can help you out with that. I’ve been busy for the last week testing a few new favorite appetizer recipes and taking pics of some of my old favorites. I am pretty sure you will love this Shrimp Scampi Dip.
This Shrimp Scampi Dip is a great way to have a seafood appetizer without breaking the bank. You can use whatever size shrimp is the best value when you go to buy it. I used some 16/20’s and do have to admit taking a knife to them made me feel a little bad. That only lasted until I took my first bite of this delicious dip.
Tips for Buying Shrimp
Shrimp should be firm and have a mild smell. It should also look slightly translucent.
If buying frozen look for ones that are headless and still have the shell on.
Unless you are near the coast buy frozen. At the grocery store I ask them for frozen or whatever size I want and don’t buy what is in the case. I’d rather control how they are thawed and handled.
Avoid imported shrimp if you can.
The Huffington Post has a really good article on buying fish and shrimp.
Cheesey creamy dip full of shrimp and garlic. So good you're going to want to eat it with a spoon!
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 8 ounces medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and roughly chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup white wine or heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more, to taste
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- salt and pepper, to taste.
- 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
- Melt the butter with the garlic and red pepper flakes in a pan over medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes until it just starts to turn pink. Add the lemon juice and wine/cream (if using) and remove from heat.
- Add the cream cheese and sour cream. Stir until combined. Add the parsley, salt, pepper, 1/4 cup of the mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
- Pour into a greased 8 - 9 inch baking dish. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 -20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
- Serve with crackers or french bread toasts.
Want to see what else I’ve cooked this week?
Ham and Swiss Bites are the perfect game day sandwich. I dusted off my panini press today and it is going to have a home on my counter now. I used a whole grain baguette and sliced them into 1/4 inch slices. Butter on one side of the bread. I used a slice of black forest ham and half a slice of swiss cheese. I can make about 8 of these at a time and they cook in minutes. I bet your crowd will scarf these right up.
Hummus Dip in the picture above