This recipe was a family tradition for New Year’s Even when I was growing up; we moved it to Christmas Day (or both!) when our children were young. This year we’re rebelling and eating it much earlier in the month of December – but it’s the perfect treat to take to the appetizer/dessert party!

Easy Shrimp Dip

Spread a block of cream cheese in a pie plate. Top with cooked baby shrimp and cocktail sauce. (Sometimes mixed together first, sometimes not.) Serve with crackers, usually Wheat Thins.

I’ve looked at several different variations of this in on the internet. Some people mix some sour cream in with the cream cheese to make it a bit more “spreadable” or use whipped cream cheese. Other additions to make it look prettier include chopped green onions, sliced black olives, grated Mozzarella or Parmesan cheese.