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Cajun Shrimp and Artichoke Dip

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This spicy dip can be made 1 day in advance.

Cajun Shrimp and Artichoke Dip

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
2 (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, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cajun Seasoning
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

For dip: 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.

[amazon-product]0060002239[/amazon-product]For Cajun Seasoning: Mix paprika, basil, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper together. Makes about 1/3 cup. Use as a seasoning for dips, popcorn, salads, grilled foods and in Cajun and Creole cooking.

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

From “Dip It” by Rick Rodgers

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