Friday, September 22, 2023

Healthy Recipe Revamp...Featuring Cajun Baked Shrimp and Corn Dip #gamedayfood #shrimprecipe #lowfatdip #lowercarb #healthyappetizer

After a long, hot Texas Summer? Football season is here! That means game day food! My lighter Cajun Baked Shrimp and Corn Dip is warm and cheesy...with less fat and calories. Nobody who tastes this dip will guess it's easier on the waistline! This big-flavor dip is assembled and baked in the same cast iron skillet -- which streamlines your prep, cooking, and cleanup. 

Lighter Cajun Baked Shrimp and Corn Dip
adapted from Tabasco
Ingredients (makes 2.5 cups):
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 3/4 lb. medium Gulf shrimp (peeled, deveined, and chopped)
  • 1/2 TBS olive oil
  • 2 TBS Cajun seasoning
  • 8 oz reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup 0% plain Greek yogurt
  • 1.5 TBS Creole mustard
  • 2 tsp. Tabasco
  • 1 cup 2% shredded Colby-Jack cheese
  • Baked tortilla chips and vegetable crudites for serving
Step 1: Preheat oven to 375℉. Heat olive oil in an 8-inch cast iron skillet over Med-High heat. Add corn, all but 1 TBS of the green onions, and celery. Cook 2-3 minutes, until celery starts to soften. Add chopped shrimp and half of the Cajun seasoning. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp is opaque. Remove 1/3 cup of the corn-shrimp mixture and set aside for garnish.
Step 2: Reduce heat to Medium. Add cream cheese, Greek yogurt, Creole mustard, Tabasco, and the other half of the Cajun seasoning. Cook, stirring every few minutes, until the cream cheese melts and all ingredients are completely combined. Add 1/4 cup of the shredded cheese to the skillet and stir until it melts into the dip. Add the remaining 3/4 cup of cheese and reserved green onion to the top of the dip.
Step 3: Bake dip until the cheese is melted and the dip is bubbly -- about 10 minutes. Turn oven to Broil and broil the skillet just until the cheese on top is browned. Just before serving, mound the reserved 1/3 cup corn-shrimp mixture in the middle of the skillet. Serve the dip warm with baked tortilla chips and crudites.
This warm dip is AMAZING! The melted cheese top layer gives way to a creamy, spicy dip that's studded with kernels of sweet corn and chunks of shrimp. The heat level is pretty if you prefer your food extra spicy, add more hot sauce to the creamy base before baking.

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