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Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great. Enjoy!


Creamy Taco Dip


Creamy Taco Dip is a spicy, creamy dip topped with loads of chopped vegetables and freshly shredded cheese.


Adjust the spiciness to your liking using your favorite brand of hot sauce.


One important note is that the cheese needs to be freshly grated. Pre-shredded cheese just isn't as good. It is coated with a residue so that it doesn't clump up in the bag which is not very pleasant to eat when it is served cold. Buy a block of cheese and shred it up. Use a food processor with a grater attachment to get this step done in seconds.


Serve with tortilla chips or Fritos scoops. Enjoy!



Notes: You may have to buy two bottles of taco sauce as they traditionally are a small size bottle. If you happen to not buy enough and end up short (like I did), simply add in a few shakes of hot sauce, such as Cholula.

Creamy Taco Dip
Makes about 12 servings

Ingredients:
  • 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 16 ounce (2 cups) sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups taco sauce (mild or medium, depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 2 cups freshly shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce (use romaine for a deeper green color)
  • 1 Roma tomato, chopped
  • 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Directions:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and sour cream with an electric mixer until smooth. Add taco sauce and mix until combined.
  2. Spread mixture onto a large serving dish. 
  3. Add toppings in the following order (starting at the bottom): Lettuce, bell pepper, tomato, green onions, cheese and cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips or Fritos Scoops.

Recipe by Jam Hands.


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