Curried Shrimp Spread x

Curried Shrimp Spread . $1.73

This is a favorite spread, but it seems especially pretty in the Spring – the lovely curried cream cheese pairs so well with the soft, fluffy eggs. The shrimp is just the right touch and the green onion adds freshness. It has just enough bite to meld with the other flavors. You’ll be the hit of the party when you walk in the door with this spread and a few crackers or sturdy Pita chips.

Curried Shrimp Spread
Curried Shrimp Spread

So easy to throw together, it can literally be made in minutes (minus the cooking of the eggs.) If I’m toting this somewhere, I often mix up the spread on the bottom, then put the eggs, shrimp and sliced green onions, each in a small ziploc, and throw the layers on at my destination.

Although it sounds as if it might be expensive – it is shrimp, after all, this recipe just uses a small amount of the tiny cocktail shrimp. They can often be picked up in little frozen packets for about a dollar a piece on sale.

Curried Shrimp Spread  {Print}

makes 2 cups, about a tablespoon per serving.

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder, and up to 1 tablespoon, depending on taste
  • 1 egg, hard boiled and finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, finely sliced
  • 8 ounces small shrimp, chopped (I usually only use a fraction of this.)

Mix together cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice & curry powder.  Spread in a small shallow dish (a colorful one makes a nice presentation.) A deep dish is going to leave behind the bottom part of the spread when people dip.

Top with egg, shrimp and then the green onion.

Note:  I often use far less shrimp than is called for, often only a couple of ounces.  Sometimes the baby cocktail shrimp is really strongly flavored.

Kitchen & Cooking Hacks:

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  • Use a coupon matching site! One of my favorites in my area is Pocket Your Dollars, but every store has a group of enthusiastic Coupon Matchers. Do not discount the savings! I check their site every week, even if I don’t “need” to go to the store and often find bargains I can’t pass up.
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Nutrition:

Per Servings: 72 Calories; 6g Fat (71.3% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 1g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 51mg Cholesterol; 68mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1 Fat.

why not try a paste instead of curry powder
why not try a paste instead of curry powder

Put Your own Spin on It:

  • This is really good spiced with the curry, but I would think Asian or Island flavors would work as well.
  • I’ve only just began experimenting with curry pastes in this dip, and so far love mild Thai green curry.
  • Serve this with crackers or pita, or your favorite dipper.  It might be very good on a toasted brown bread.  Can be doubled or tripled as needed.

My Pay Off:

Curried Shrimp Spread is a simple, time saving dish that always seems a bit more luxurious than you’d expect from the price. It’s always been popular at functions and potlucks. Because it’s made with ingredients I usually have on hand, its super easy to throw together.

Discussion:

Do you have an easy, frugal dip or spread you bring to parties or serve at a moments notice?  It might be time to start thinking about them now,  with Thanksgiving coming up.

Curried Shrimp Spread made in April 2012

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