To make a luscious shrimp dip, beat together 6 ounces of softened cream cheese and 1 cup of sour cream; then mix in 1 tablespoon of chopped green onion, 3 drops of hot sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of paprika, 1 envelope of ranch dressing mix and 6 ounces of cooked, diced shrimp; and add salt and pepper to taste. For an easy variation, substitute Italian dressing mix for the ranch and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice for the hot sauce.
Soft shrimp dips go well with chips, vegetables and crackers. Add chopped parsley or other fresh herbs to shrimp dip to vary the flavor. A sprinkle of chopped herbs or a few scattered salad shrimp make a nice garnish.
To make the simplest shrimp dip, soften a 3-ounce package of cream cheese in the microwave, and then stir in 2 well-drained cans of salad shrimp and 1/2 cup of mayonnaise. This simple dip develops more flavor if it sits in the refrigerator over night. Let it warm up a little bit before serving for easier dipping.
For a hot barbecue-style shrimp dip, saute 1/4 cup of chopped onions and 2 teaspoons of chopped garlic in butter. Turn the heat to low, and stir in 1/2 cup chopped, cooked shrimp and 3 ounces of cream cheese until the cream cheese is softened and everything mixes together. Remove from the heat, and stir in 1/2 cup of sour cream, 2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce and 1/4 cup of chili sauce. Put the mixture in a small casserole dish, and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes or until bubbly.