Sunday, August 7, 2016

Summer Corn #SundaySupper...Featuring Cajun Baked Shrimp and Corn Dip

For this week's #SundaySupper, we're sharing recipes that feature the most quintessential of Summer vegetables: corn! Our hostess is Ellen from Family Around the Table, and she asked us to share our favorite recipes featuring sweet Summer corn. The Olympics are just getting started, and football season is just around the I wanted to create a fun and flavorful baked dip that features kernels of sweet corn. I remembered a baked shrimp and corn dip that I had seen at the Tabasco website a while back, so I used it as the inspiration to create my Cajun Baked Shrimp and Corn Dip. 

This hearty, big-flavor dip is assembled and baked in the same cast iron skillet -- which helps streamline prep and cleanup. It features a creamy base that's accented with corn kernels, Gulf shrimp, green onions, finely chopped celery for crunch, spicy seasonings, and a heaping helping of gooey cheese. Trust me, it's very hard to stop eating this dip once you start dipping crispy tortilla chips into it -- and it was a big hit with my hubby too. That means this one's a keeper, y'all!

Cajun Baked Shrimp and Corn Dip
adapted from Tabasco's website
Ingredients (makes 4-6 servings):
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 lb. Gulf shrimp (peeled, deveined, and chopped)
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tbs. + Cajun seasoning
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1.5 tbs. Creole mustard
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1.5 cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese
  • Tortilla chips for serving
Step 1: Preheat oven to 375. Heat the olive oil in an 8-inch cast iron over med-high heat. Add the corn, all but 1 tbs. of the green onions, and the celery. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the celery starts to soften. Add the chopped shrimp and 1 tbs. of the Cajun seasoning. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp is opaque. Remove 1/2 cup of the corn-shrimp mixture and set aside for garnish.
Step 2: Reduce the heat to medium. Add the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Creole mustard, hot sauce, and additional 1 tbs. of Cajun seasoning. Cook, stirring every few minutes, until the cream cheese melts and all of the ingredients are combined. Add 1/2 cup of the cheese to the dip mixture and stir until it melts into the dip. Sprinkle the top of the dip with the remaining 1 cup of cheese and the reserved 1 tbs. green onion.
Step 3: Bake until the cheese is melted and the dip is bubbly. Turn the oven to broil and broil until the top of the dip is browned. Just before serving, mound the reserved 1/2 cup of corn-shrimp mixture in the middle of the skillet. Serve the dip warm with lots of crispy tortilla chips.
OMG -- this dip is seriously amazing! The melted cheese top layer gives way to a spicy, creamy dip that's studded with kernels of sweet corn and chunks of shrimp. I especially love the background flavor that the grainy Creole mustard provides...and the heat level is pretty moderate. If you prefer your food more fiery, feel free to add more hot sauce to the creamy base. This is a perfect dip to cook up for your Olympics viewing parties, weekend entertaining...or even just because!

Be sure to click the links below to check out all of the great recipes featuring Summer corn this week's Sunday Supper participants are sharing. From appetizers to desserts, there's literally something for everyone to enjoy!

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