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Buffalo Shrimp Bread Bowl Dip

This dip is great for tailgating or parties!  Also delicious with chicken and it’s easy to make!  Full of shrimp, veggies, and buffalo flavor!!  And when the dip is gone you’ll find yourself chowing down on the bread!  This is definitely a crowd pleaser and everyone will be asking for the recipe!

 

Oh boy, where to start with this Buffalo Shirmp Bread Bowl Dip?! I’m sure I’ve mentioned before how it’s not unusual for me to wake up in the middle of the night with a crazy idea for a recipe or two. Normal people probably wake up and wonder if they locked the doors, if the kids are in bed, or think about what they have to do the next day. I, on the other hand, wake up with all of those things AND recipe ideas. And then the ideas bug me until I actually try them out!!  After I made my recent Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad I knew I had to make some more Buffalo type recipes!!  That must be why I woke up with the middle of the night with thoughts of this Buffalo Shrimp Bread Bowl Dip!

 

This weekend I had to try to make this Buffalo Shrimp Bread Bowl Dip! It’s a twist on Buffalo Wings but with shrimp and in dip form. This dip would be perfect for a party, tailgating, or just for the family! You can make the components ahead of time then fill the bread bowl and bake right before serving. You could of course substitute chicken for the shrimp if you so choose and it would be just as good. Lots of possibilities for this dip depending on what you like so read on for a few more suggestions…

 

To start off with preheat your oven and line a large baking sheet with a few pieces of aluminum foil.  You’re going to wrap the bread in the foil so be sure the pieces are long enough to cover the bread.  Slice off the top of the boule and take out all the bread.  You can make breadcrumbs out of the bread for another day,  snack on it, give it to the birds, or let your kids have it. :)

The hardest part about this recipe is just chopping everything up which really isn’t that hard, just takes a little bit of time.  You can use any kind of veggies you want for the dip, but I used a combination of celery, carrots, and red onion and about equal amounts of each (about 1/3 cup each).  You’re going to add the veggies to the dip at the very end after it has cooked (unless you want the veggies to cook through) so put them in a plastic bag and refrigerate until later.  Or you can even chop them up while the dip is baking.

You also need to chop the shrimp or you can use really small or canned (drained) shrimp.  I didn’t have precooked shrimp so I cut up some large raw shrimp and cooked it.  You can cook then chop, or chop then cook.  BUT be sure the shrimp is COOKED before adding it to the dip.  I tried using raw shrimp before in a similar dip and it did NOT cook through even after being in the oven for an hour.  Instead of shrimp you cooked also use precooked chopped or shredded chicken.  Great way to use up some leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken!

Mix together the other ingredients.  I first mixed together the Philadelphia cream cheese (make sure it’s softened to room temperature and you could use regular or reduced fat), sour cream (regular or reduced fat), and shredded cheese (regular or a good melting reduced fat).  I used a white cheddar cheese but you could use any kind of shredded cheese or even blue cheese.

Then I mixed in the Frank’s hot sauce, Ranch seasoning, and lemon juice.  Stir in the shrimp.  Do not add the veggies to the dip yet.

Fill up the boule with the dip to the top.  The dip with reduce a bit while baking so you can fill it to the very top.  Since boules come in different sizes you may have a little dip leftover or not enough.  If you don’t have enough to fill the boule you can stir in more shredded cheese or cooked shrimp if you have it.  Or you can add more chopped veggies at the end.  If you have too much you can cook it in a small covered baking dish to use to replenish the bread bowl as people eat the dip.  You can also just eat the dip cold.

Cover the boule with the top part.

Wrap the aluminum foil around it and bake for about an hour.

 Before serving, mix in the chopped veggies.  Top with sliced green onion if you’d like.  Serve the dip with tortilla chips, crackers, crostini, carrot/celery sticks, or anything else you can think of!

 

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Buffalo Shrimp Bread Bowl Dip
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Serves: 6-8
A fun twist on Buffalo Wings with shrimp and made into a dip served in a bread bowl. The dip is great hot or cold!
Ingredients
  • 1 large bread boule
  • 1 (8oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (such as white cheddar)
  • ½ cup Frank’s hot sauce
  • 1 (1 oz.) Ranch seasoning packet
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 lb. precooked shrimp, chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped vegetables (celery, carrots, and/or red onion)
  • Sliced green onion for garnish (optional)
  • For serving: crackers, tortilla chips, crostini, carrot/celery sticks
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place several large pieces of aluminum foil on top of a large baking sheet.
  2. Slice off top of bread boule. Remove bread and inside of top and bottom to form a large cavity. Place bottom boule on top of aluminum foil.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese, sour cream, shredded cheese, hot sauce, Ranch seasoning, and lemon juice until well combined. Stir in shrimp.
  4. Spoon dip into bottom of bread boule until you reach the top of the boule. Cover with top of boule. Wrap aluminum foil around bread.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour. Remove from oven, stir in chopped vegetables (carrots, celery, and/or red onion), and top with green onion if desired.
Notes
SNAPPY TIPS: Don’t overfill the bread boule. If you have extra dip you can heat it up in a small oven safe baking dish or refrigerate and serve cold. If you cook the boule too long the bread will get too soft and may break. The dip seems to get spicier as it cooks so if you are concerned about the spice level, reduce the hot sauce in the recipe and add more after it cooks to desired heat level. The dip is good hot or cold.. SNAPPY SUBSTITUTION: You could substitute chopped precooked chicken for the shrimp. Instead of shredded cheese and/or ranch you could add crumbled blue cheese. (For more recipes visit Snappy Gourmet at http://www.snappygourmet.com to sign up for an email/RSS subscription or visit Snappy Gourmet on Facebook or Twitter)

Comments

  1. 1

    This looks awesome. I think I will try it for our next football party.

  2. 2

    This looks so good. I may have to add this to my Halloween table.

  3. 3

    I am going to publicly admit that I am not a fan of Buffalo chicken anything, which is why I am in love with this dip–Buffalo SHRIMP! Now you are talking my language…

  4. 4
    Christina says:

    Looks REALLY yummy! I think I’ll try frying the shrimp for a few minutes in olive oil with minced garlic, as I am a real garlic lover. Then cut the shrimp into tiny pieces and continue with the recipe. I think it will bring the shrimp flavor out even more. However, this recipe looks just as good without going through all that trouble too!

  5. 5

    I’m originally from the Buffalo area and LOVE anything that reminds me of the original wings from Buffalo. My husband and I are attending a party tonight and I needed something “different” to bring to the party. This is it!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m still unsure which I will put in the dip, shrimp or chicken, but I’m sure that either will be a huge hit. Thanks for sharing.

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