Simple Shrimp Cocktail Appetizer

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When my husband and I were dating ‘lo those many years ago, his brother introduced us to a incredibly simple appetizer that ended up a holiday staple for decades. We made this for potlucks and annual Christmas or New Year’s parties. Along with the required Chili-Cheese Dip and bread, it was gone as soon as it was placed on the table.  Some things just don’t change. Wishing you a wondrous New Year, filled with blessings and tasty creations from your heart and kitchens.

Shrimp and cream cheese dip 
Shrimp  Cocktail with Cream Cheese and Green Onions


Ingredients
1 lb fresh bay shrimp (or frozen thawed and patted dry on paper towels to remove all water)
6-8oz Cocktail Sauce
8 oz Soften Creamed Cheese
3 green onions thinly sliced
Sprig of flat leaf parsley for garnish
Directions
On a rimmed 12″ plate or platter spread cream cheese in an even layer.
Spread cocktail sauce on top of cream cheese.
Layer the shrimp next and sprinkle with green onion slices.
Garnish with a little parsley garnish and serve with a sturdy cracker that can hold up to the cream cheese and shrimp layers (Wheat Thins work well.)
Tip: Be sure to rinse and drain shrimp on paper towels before using, pat dry. You don’t want a runny, watery layer on your platter diluting the zingy cocktail sauce.

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