June 14, 2010

Shrimp & Spinach Dip


Ingredients:
5 oz cooked shrimp, divided use
4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature (reduced fat okay)
1/4 cup packed, defrosted chopped spinach
1/2 cup 0% or 2% Greek yogurt
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 shallots, sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons horseradish
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
salt
pepper


Directions:
In a food processor, blend together the yogurt, horseradish, half of the shrimp, spices, shallot, mayo and cream cheese until very smooth. Chop the the remaining shrimp. Stir in the spinach and chopped shrimp until just combined. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.


My thoughts:
In the warm weather, sometimes I cheat and instead of making a side dish, I make a batch of dip and serve it with fresh vegetables or chips and pretzels. It keeps for a few days in the fridge and is perfect to have on hand, especially for days when we are grilling. I've even stored cut up carrots and celery in water filled containers in the refrigerator so all I have to do is fish them out and they are ready to go. This dip is perfect for using up a bit of leftover shrimp (or make extra the next time shrimp is on the menu) and the spinach makes it seem at least a little healthy. The horseradish and Worcestershire sauce is in there to keep it zippy without having to add aged cheese. I hate a bland dip!