Spicy Creole Shrimp Dip (creolecontessa)

 

1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined (leave tails on 3 shrimp if desired for garnish)
1/4 c Hellmann’s mayonnaise
4 oz cream cheese, room temp
3/4 c jack cheese, grated
3/4 c sharp cheese, grated
1 stalk celery, diced
1 shallot, diced
1/2 bell pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1 t black pepper
1 t creole seasoning
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
4 T extra virgin olive oil, divided

Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix seasoning blend together and set aside. Reserve 1 t of seasoning blend for the vegetables. Chop remaining shrimp into 3 pieces, season shrimp with about 2 T olive oil and the seasoning blend, mix well and set aside. In a pan over medium heat, add about 2 T olive oil. Add vegetables and saute for about 5 min, season with 1 t seasoning blend, mix well. Add garlic and cook 1 min more. Add shrimp and cook for about 3 min only. Remove from heat and place mix in a large bowl. Add cream cheese, mayonnaise and 1 c cheese to shrimp mix and stir well. Place into a greased oven proof casserole dish, top with remaining cheese and bake for 20 min. Top with shrimp garnish if using and broil for about 5 min. Remove from oven, serve with bread and crackers. Serving Size: 4.

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