1 large or 2 small round(s) of artisan bread (as pictured), cut out top and center and set aside
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Hot Wing Sauce
1/2 cup Italian mix shredded cheese (mozzarella, provolone, Parmesan and Romano cheeses)
1/4 cup ranch dressing
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 scant teaspoon chili powder
10 drops Louisiana hot sauce or 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle in Adobo sauce
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 24-ounce bag medium-size frozen cooked shrimp
1/3 cup Italian mix shredded cheese for garnish, if desired
1/4 cup green onions with tops, chopped for garnish, if desired
Additional soft bread for serving
Tostito “Scoop” Chips
Thaw and rinse shrimp. Allow shrimp to drain in a colander; remove shells and snip off tails. Spread shrimp onto layered paper towels (about 3 or 4 thicknesses). Roll shrimp up in the paper towels (as for a jelly roll) and gently press out excess moisture; repeat if necessary. Place shrimp on a cutting board (a food processor is not recommended) and chop to desired size (I like to leave the shrimp big enough that it’s identifiable). Set shrimp aside.
Place cream cheese in large microwave-safe bowl; stir until smooth. Mix Hot Wing sauce, shredded cheese mix, ranch dressing, yogurt, garlic powder, chili powder, Louisiana hot sauce, and salt with cream cheese; stir to blend. Microwave on High for 2 minutes; stir again. Cover and microwave for another 1 minute. Dip will be bubbling when it’s ready to serve.
Pour Hot & Cheesy Shrimp Dip into hollowed out bread bowl. Top with additional shredded cheese and green onions for garnish (green onions on top of this dish are mainly for color). Serve from the bread bowl with large soft bread pieces, or serve dip from a heat-proof bowl with Tostito “Scoop” Chips or fresh vegetables (as shown). Yield: 4 cups dip
Note: Canned or diced cooked chicken or shredded beef can be used in place of the shrimp.
The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.
This quote is a bit cynical but it clearly expresses my experience with mailing packages this year. CB