Sunday, August 26, 2012

Appetizer – Seafood Dip or Spread

Story behind the recipe – This is one of my family’s easy-to-make party favorites. If it’s
not on the party buffet, friends and family demand it. Although I always use shrimp,
substitute your family’s own favorite seafood. Great with crabmeat or clams. Serve on
crackers as a spread or with veggies as a dip. In INTO THE LYON’S DEN, my debut novel
with Champagne, this is the icing Marie uses for the seafood “cake.”

What you’ll need – For 1 ½ cups of dip/spread, 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, 1 Cup
shrimp, (or seafood of choice) shelled then cooked (reserve water), ¼ salt, 1 ½ tsp
Worcestershire Sauce, 1 Tbl. lemon juice, 2 Tbl. of reserved water (for consistency), hot
sauce and garlic powder to taste.

Steps to the process
- Shell, cook, and drain shrimp, reserving water
- Finely chop shrimp
- Place softened cream cheese and 2 Tbl. reserved water into bowl and beat until smooth
- Stir in shrimp or choice of seafood
- Add lemon juice and Worcestershire Sauce
- Add water to desired consistency
- Season to taste with hot sauce and garlic powder
- Serve with crackers and/or veggies

Comments – Consider making a double recipe. Serve leftovers heated over rice or pasta
for a quick and delicious main dish.

Blurb from INTO THE LYON’S DEN - Champagne Books
Wealthy recluse Anthony Lyons offers a mint to lure Marie Maxwell, Atlanta's most
sought-after event planner, to coordinate a wedding and reception for a very special
couple on his isolated estate in the mountains of North Carolina.
Despite her sophisticated veneer, Marie’s a tough street-smart orphan without a past.
Adopted by the owners of the elegant Hotel Maxwell, she’s been raised in the business.
Known for her uncanny ability to make things go right, Marie accepts the challenge of
planning a wedding for 200 guests in 10 days.
Marie soon discovers that an absent bride and groom is the least of her problems. Her
arrogant and exasperating employer displays far too much interest in her and her
personal life, especially her lost years. Confronted with a mysterious stalker, two thwarted
murder attempts, and dark shadows from her shrouded past, she finds an ally in an
amorous feline of some unknown species. But who’s got it in for her? And what’s with
Anthony and all the cats?

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