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Shrimp Surprise Spread Recipe
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Shrimp Surprise Spread

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"This is the best appetizer I have ever tried! It is just perfect for family get togethers - everyone loves it!"

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins

    30 mins


  1. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise until well-blended. Spread into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Scatter the shrimp generously over the top of the mixture.
  2. In another bowl, stir together the cocktail sauce, green pepper, green onions, garlic, and tomato.
  3. Working in layers, spread a portion of the cocktail sauce mixture over the shrimp. Sprinkle with a portion of mozzarella cheese. Repeat process until all ingredients are used up, finishing with a layer of mozzarella cheese on top. Serve with assorted crackers for dipping.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 07, 2007

This is so addictive, I'm making it tonight for the 3rd time in 2 weeks. The only thing I do differently is, I buy whatever cooked shrimp is on sale at the fish counter (I'm not wild about canned shrimp) and then I chop it into small bites and when I sprinkle it over the cream cheese mixture, I press it into the cream cheese with the back of a spoon so it's not on top, it's in the cheese, sour cream, mayo mixture. No one gets a bite with no shrimp that way. I love this recipe. It's perfect for when company comes or I cut it in half for just us.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 30, 2007

My guests liked it or at least they said they did. I did not. The shrimp were so overwhelmed by the garlic, gr onion, gr pepper and cocktail sauce you can't taste the shrimp or crab. I even put a can of crabmeat in the mayo mixture. It reminded me of a horrible salsa with a dollop of mayo on the bottom. 2 **'s only because of the other peoples opinion.


22 Ratings

Dec 23, 2009

I've been making this recipe for years...excellent recipe - most love it. The only thing I do different is use frozen tiny shrimp...SO MUCH better than canned.

Mar 08, 2007

I like to also add a can of crabmeat to the mix-it adds great flavor!

May 12, 2009

I love this recipe, I have made it many times. I do like to use red pepper instead of green, and I also layer the ingredients. So the cream cheese mixture on the bottom, then the cocktail sauce mixed with garlic, then the shrimp, peppers, green onions, tomatoes, then cheese. I also prefer to use marble cheese, although the mozzarella is good too.

Apr 15, 2010

This is a great dip, particularly when served with tortilla chips. And by the way, except for the garlic, exactly the recipe from Company's Coming Appetizer book. I own it, and have been making this dip for about 15 years.

Dec 23, 2010

I make this spread every year at Christmas time, and it is ALWAYS a huge hit! * I do not add the garlic, however, and I think that if I were too, I would not add quite as much as called for. I also typically do not use the 4 full cans of shrimp, and sometimes mix it up a bit by using both crab and shrimp * Also, make sure your cream cheese is softened, so you don't get the lumps as you are mixing it I never have to worry about leftovers with this spread - delicious!!

Dec 08, 2010

This is my go to recipe when I need to take an appetizer some where. I usually omit the shrimp and use a couple different color of peppers for added flair. I usually use tortilla chips to serve instead of crackers. I've found that the taste of cocktail sauces vary. Some are somewhat overpowering. Try various ones to find one that you like. Guests have enjoyed this dish once it has a chance to sit a while. The flavors seem to gel together. I also suggest draining the tomato or removing the seeds. It will help the dish not get watery as it sits. My favorite part is the leftovers all thrown together in the bowl the next morning. Fantastic flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 454 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.4 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 106 mg
  • 35%
  • Fat
  • 27.4 g
  • 42%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 19.2 g
  • 38%
  • Sodium
  • 1064 mg
  • 43%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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