Saturday, February 2, 2008

Cajun Shrimp and Artichoke Dip

This is my go-to dip, except I never add the shrimp. Many people have allergies or just don’t like shellfish, and I worry about leaving it at room temperature during a party. The dip is terrific without the shrimp. Whenever I serve this dip, or bring it to a party, there are never any leftovers!

Cajun Shrimp and Artichoke Dip

Makes 3-1/2 cups
This dip can be prepared up to 1 day ahead

1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons Cajun Seasoning (see below, or salt-free store-bought seasoning)
8 ounces cooked, peeled, and deveined shrimp, coarsely chopped**
Two 6-ounce jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/3 cup drained and coarsely chopped sun-dried tomatoes
3 scallions, white and green parts, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1. Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, and Cajun Seasoning in a medium bowl. Add the shrimp, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and scallions, mixing well. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate to blend the flavors, at least 1 hour, or overnight.
2. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve chilled.

What to dip? Potato chips, tortilla chips, baguette slices, crostini, flatbread crisps, carrot sticks, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, mushroom caps, zucchini slices.

** I never add the shrimp.

Cajun Seasoning
2 Tablespoons sweet paprika, preferably Hungarian
1 Tablespoon dried basil
1 Tablespoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground hot red (cayenne) pepper

Combine all ingredients together. Makes about 1/3 cup. Use as a seasoning for dips, popcorn, salads, grilled foods and in Cajun and Creole cooking.

From Rick Rodgers’ Dip it! 2002


DKM said...

oooOOOooo another one to add to my party list.

Team Tabby said...

Hummm, sounds really good, and we love dip - we're gonna try it!