Hot Shrimp Dip
This hot shrimp dip is the perfect appetizer. It's easy, creamy, cheesy, fully loaded and boy is it ever good! If pressed for time, serve with pita chips or low-salt tortilla chips.
For the Mini Toasts:
- 1 baguette cut into 1/2" slices
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
For the Shrimp Dip:
- 1 lb large raw shrimp (21-30 count) peeled and deveined
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
- 1/4 tsp black pepper or to taste
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 8 oz sour cream light is ok
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 8 oz Monterey Jack Cheese shredded, divided
- 14 oz quartered artichoke hearts well drained, chopped
- 1 garlic clove pressed
- 1 Tbsp Tabasco or to taste
How to Make Mini Toasts:
Preheat oven to 400˚F. Brush both sides of bread lightly with olive oil, place on a baking sheet and bake 6-8 min - toasts should be golden at the edges and slightly soft in centers. You can also toast the breads on a large skillet.
How to Make Shrimp and Artichoke Dip:
Heat a large oven-safe skillet or cast iron pan over med/high heat. Add 1 Tbsp butter to the hot skillet then add shrimp in a single layer and season lightly with salt and pepper. Saute 2 min per side or just until cooked through. Transfer to cutting board to cool slightly then chop into pea-sized pieces.
In the same pan (no need to wash it). Melt together 3 Tbsp butter, 8 oz sour cream, and 4 oz cream cheese.
Stir in 6 oz (or three fourths) of shredded cheese. As soon as cheese is melted, add drained chopped artichoke, chopped shrimp meat, pressed garlic and 1 Tbsp Tabasco, or add to taste. Stir together until mixture is hot and bubbling then remove from heat.
Sprinkle top with remaining 2 oz of shredded cheese and broil in the oven 3 min or until cheese is melted, bubbling and golden in spots.