Retro Shrimp Dip

I am sticking with a bit of a retro theme this week for my Mad Men post and giveaway tomorrow (make sure to check back!). 

This is one of those dips that I remember from my childhood at parties.  I have always been a big fan of shrimp cocktail and the first time I tried this version I really liked it.  I make my own cocktail sauce for this recipe, but you could easily use a jarred sauce if that is more convenient.  I have seen people make this appetizer with canned shrimp as well. I prefer the tiny salad shrimp in my dip but, again, use what you prefer.  This dip is really easy to put together and works in a pinch when you don’t have a lot of time for company, or when you are looking for a little extra something to add to your table.  I like to serve this dip with buttery crackers and cut veggies.  I really like the flavors or this dip and the little pop from the old bay tastes delicious to me! This dip always seems to go quickly when I make it- who doesn't love shrimp cocktail?

Tonight, I am working on a few recipes and watching the Badger game! Badgers are playing North Carolina tonight and we always get really excited about March Madness in our house.  I am also a Kentucky fan (sush!), but always pull for my Wisconsin team.  I am also hoping to get Kellen in bed a little early tonight. The little guy is waking up pretty early and has been a bit of a bear the last few days. I am hoping some solid sleep will help him.  I also think he may be getting the last two molars in and it is impacting him getting that last little push of rest I the morning. 

In other news, we got about 4 inches of snow the on Tuesday, but it has now melted. Wisconsin spring at its best.  A bit of a vent, I get a little annoyed by the people who want zero snow, but live in Wisconsin. This is mainly irritating because once our completely dry summer comes with low water levels they are first to complain…..  Personally, I don’t want my entire lawn to die, would like a vegetable garden and a successful apple/pear harvest from my trees this year….that’s just me.

 Have a great day and tune in tomorrow for a giveaway!


1 cups ketchup
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp prepared horseradish 
1/4 tsp Old Bay seasoning
12 oz small frozen (sometimes called salad shrimp) shrimp, thawed and rinsed
8 oz cream cheese, softened
Crackers for Serving


In a medium bowl, mix together ketchup, prepared horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and Old Bay.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes or till ready to use. 

On a plate, spread softened cream cheese evenly over the surface.  Top with prepared cocktail sauce. Pat the shrimp dry and evenly distribute over the top of the cocktail sauce. 

Refrigerate till ready to serve. Serve with crackers and veggies. 

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