Let the Parties Begin!

One of the great things about Christmas is the opportunity for parties with friends and family.  And of course this always involves food – lots of food!  So to get you started here is a very simple recipe you can prepare for your own party or take to one as your contribution to the festivities.

We are going to prepare a simple Shrimp Dip.  The ingredients are: an 8 ounce package of cream cheese, a 6 ounce can of small shrimp, mayonnaise, a teaspoon of garlic salt and a sweet onion (medium).

Before starting let the cream cheese come to room temperature and place it in a mixing bowl after cutting it into chunks.  Next open and drain the shrimp (don’t rinse) and finely chop or use a fork to mash the shrimp up and add it to the cream cheese.

Now chop the onion as finely as possible or use a food processor. Add the onion to the cream cheese and onion mixture.

Add the garlic salt and a rounded tablespoon of the mayo to the mixture and continue to mix well. If needed a few drops of milk can be added to help the ingredients mix better .  Now cover the mixture and refrigerate for about 24 hours to allow the individual flavors to blend together.

About 30 minutes before serving remove from the refrigerator and serve with your favorite chips or crackers.

Now if you are really industrious use your grill to prepare a small amount of freshly grilled shrimp and substitute for the canned shrimp. Tasty and different!

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