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Cajun Shrimp Dip

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Creamy dip with just a bit of kick, the cajun shrimp dip is sure to be a hit at your next party!

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     This creamy dip is the stuff snacking dreams are made if. It has just the right amount of spice, plenty of shrimp and gooey melty cheese.  It is hard to stop eating it once you start. Make some for your next party or for game day, you won’t be disappointed.
     We happen to love a little spice at our house.  Well, two of the three of us do.  Little Dude thinks things are too spicy sometimes, but he’ll grow into it!
    I like to have food with a good kick every now and then.   I like chopping whole jalapenos for our chili and I love a good stuffed jalapeno.

    Peach Habanero Jelly?  Now that’s my jam!  I am all about some buffalo chicken dip and have been known to enjoy my hot wings with hot sauce when given the choices of mild, medium or hot.

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   Matt on the other hand, likes to take it to the extreme.  He has been known to leave all of the seeds and ribs in some jalapenos with stuffing them.

    When pops made habanero hot sauce, Matt was the only one brave enough to try it and go back for seconds.  When we go to a wing place to watch football he has to order the blazin’ sauce.

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   The funny part is, no matter how many times he says he likes it I am not sure I can believe it.  His face betrays him every time.  A bite or two in he turns bright red.

   The sweat beads form on his forehead.  His eyes well up with tears.  “Mmmm these are good” it was his mouth says.  “Fire! Fire! Please help me!” is what the rest of his body says.  Crazy guy.  I guess whatever makes him happy!

   This dip will not bring tears to your eyes.  It is much more likely to bring a smile to your face.  There is definitely a Cajun kick, but the sweetness of the shrimp and creaminess of the cheese turns it into a super pleasant warmth rather than a smack your face burn.

    I made a batch of this for our Easter open house, but wasn’t able to get many pictures as I was getting all of the food out for the buffet.  It was so darn good though!  So I am happy to have the excuse to make it again so soon and share it with you all now!

Yield: 24 servings
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Cajun Shrimp Dip

Just the right amount of spice, plenty of shrimp and gooey melty cheese make this so hard to stop eating once you get started. Make some for your next party and you won’t be disappointed! It’s a great game day appetizer too!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 35 mins

ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined (I bought the precooked ones so I only had to pull the tails off)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 lb cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (I used a mix of monterey jack and sharp cheddar)
  • 3-4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped+
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper*
  • 1 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning*
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder

instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. roughly chop the shrimp.  You want decent sized chunks left so you can see/taste it. so just cut each shrimp into 3-4 pieces. 
  3. Stir together mayonnaise and cream cheese until mostly smooth.
  4. Stir in 1 cup of shredded cheese, green onions, jalapeno, and spices. 
  5. Fold in shrimp.
  6. Spread into serving dish and top with remaining shredded cheese.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melty and dip is heated through.
  8. If desired, top with a few shakes of hot sauce and chopped chives.
  9. Serve with tortilla chips, pita chips or toasted slices of baguette. 

notes

Optional: hot sauce and chives for serving

+feel free to remove seeds and ribbing if you are wanting to keep the spice level lower

*I've made this dip with a tsp of each and as much as 2 tsp of each.  Adjust according to your spice preference
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Unknown

Tuesday 17th of May 2016

Just stopping by to let you know I made this shrimp dip this weekend and it was a huge hit at the potluck we went to! I'll be featuring this at You Link It, We Make It tomorrow, hope to see you back at the party ;). thanks for the awesome recipe!

Carlee

Wednesday 18th of May 2016

Yay!! I am so glad everyone liked it!! Thank you so much!

Frugal Hausfrau

Tuesday 17th of May 2016

I just picked up bunch of baby shrimp, frozen - I just saw it on sale and had no plan for them - NOW I have a plan! Looks tasty, Carlee!

Mollie

Carlee

Tuesday 17th of May 2016

So many possibilities, but this is definitely a good one. I hope you love it, Mollie!

Michele

Monday 16th of May 2016

This dip sounds delish! My son Jake is that way with spicy foods. The hotter the better. Most times though, I don't even believe he could be enjoying that!

Carlee

Monday 16th of May 2016

Same with Matt, there's no way he actually likes it when it's making him cry. Maybe it's the endorphins?!

Anne

Sunday 15th of May 2016

This looks so good. I love hot food!

Carlee

Sunday 15th of May 2016

Thank you, me too!

Unknown

Friday 13th of May 2016

I make a jalapeno popper dip with imitation crab and we love it. So I know that this would be a family favorite! It sounds so good! And no, I won't be eating it hot enough to sweat and turn red! LOL My dad does that too, he's bald, so you can see the heat move from the front of his neck up his face and over his head! Crazy! LOL

Carlee

Saturday 14th of May 2016

What is it with these crazy guys?! Your dip sounds delicious too, we love poppers and anything seafood.