Holiday Shrimp Spread (“Elf Dip”)

  • 2 cans baby shrimp (4 or 5 oz size)
  • 8 oz Neufchatel (lowfat cream) cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder or paste)
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay or your favorite seasoning for seafood
  • Salt, black pepper, and hot sauce to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives, minced fine (optional)

Stir all ingredients together until well blended. Spoon into container(s), cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with semi-sturdy crackers like Ritz, Town House, or Triscuit. (You can substitute 1/4 of cocktail sauce for the ketchup and horseradish if you have it.)


I “adopted and adapted” this recipe from a former coworker, and it has become one of my holiday party staples. I have two pretty Christmas bowls with lids that I use; I can make the spread beforehand and keep it in the refrigerator until party day. I serve it with the Ritz crackers that are shaped like snowflakes. (Of course, you can make this spread other times of the year, too.)


4 thoughts on “Holiday Shrimp Spread (“Elf Dip”)

  1. Tony Burgess January 2, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Reblogged this on The Tony Burgess Blog and commented:
    This is tasty, savory and easy to prepare. Good for crackers among other things. It’s great for holidays and other special occasions.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. reocochran January 3, 2016 / 12:50 am

    This is a delicious sounding recipe and do glad to be here with my mouth drooling. Lol Happy new year to you and your family.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. annasdiabetes January 3, 2016 / 6:32 pm

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Love shrimp everything. This recipe sounds so yum
    Thanks for sharing

    Liked by 1 person

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