• December 15, 2015

    Hot Artichoke and Shrimp Dip

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    We’re having a slow week so far.  It’s only Tuesday and we’ve had three different sets of plans cancelled due to a holiday cold that’s circulating among everyone we know.

    This morning, after a play date cancelled (feel better soon, Gillybean!), I decided that I had to leave the house to save my sanity, so I bundled up the two little ones to do some errands on foot, with the promise of a sushi date to help the older one oblige me.

    We didn’t do too badly – we made it out of the house with two of the three of us dressed (baby Everett stayed in his jammies), we got some Christmas shopping done (with only a very minor tantrum when I declined to buy a purple stuffed monkey), and then at the sushi bar we only spilled one bowl of miso soup – and had quite a lovely time – until Theo shouted across the restaurant, “I’m POOPING!”, on top of which I hastily shouted, “CHECK PLEASE!”. (Insert awkward-face emoji.)

    All I want for Christmas is a potty-trained two-year-old.  Ok, who am I kidding, he’s two-and-a-half.  HELP ME.

    As we left the restaurant, the skies opened up and it poured on us all the way home.  I pushed a double stroller full of two children and fifty pounds of groceries home across a very windy bridge in a downpour. Which, this time of year, I like to think of as liquid snow.

    We got in warm cozy clothes and ate bowls of Christmas ice cream when we got home, and all is good.

    Hot artichoke dip is one of my favourite comfort-food appetizers – gooey, cheesy, creamy, and usually accompanied by buttery crackers or warm, fresh bread. I’m also a sucker for any warm seafood dip – like crab or shrimp – so in this version, I combined the two in a hot artichoke and shrimp dip.

    Feel free to use just artichokes, or just shrimp, or skip both and used thawed and squeezed chopped frozen spinach instead.

    It’s a great party starter, everyone will love it!

    PS. I tried it with a squeeze lemon juice thinking that would be nice with the shrimp, but it made the cheese curdle.  I’m letting you know in case you have the same idea – don’t do it.

     

    Hot Artichoke and Shrimp Dip

    A super crowd-pleasing hot artichoke and shrimp dip served bubbling and golden with baguette and buttery crackers. It's a gooey, cheesy comfort food appetizer!
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time25 mins
    Total Time35 mins
    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: Canadian
    Servings: 6
    Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

    Ingredients

    • 1 8 ounce/250 gram package cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano divided
    • 1 large clove garlic minced
    • 1 14 ounce/396 g can artichoke hearts
    • 8 oz/227 grams cooked shrimp peeled and coarsely chopped (about 1 1/3 cups before chopping, if you can't weigh them)
    • Baguette sliced, and/or crackers, for serving

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
    • In standing mixer, beat cream cheese, mayonnaise, 3/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano and garlic on medium speed until well blended.   Add artichokes and shrimp, and beat on low to just combine.
    • Scrape mixture into a shallow baking dish or pie plate and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup parmigiano. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden and bubbly.  Serve hot with baguette slices and/or crackers.
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    Hi, I'm Jennifer Pallian, BSc, RD. I studied cooking, baking and food chemistry in a university lab, have years of experience as a professional test kitchen recipe developer and providing technical baking support to bakeries and home bakers. Want to know why your bread didn't rise? I've got your back.I now work full-time as a blogger, putting the years of science and baking to work right here. On Foodess, I share the best recipes in my arsenal - tested-till-PERFECT recipes for cozy baking, easy recipes for weeknight meals and delicious globally-inspired comfort food, plus lots of science-based cooking and baking tips. Welcome!

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