Tangy Artichoke and Shrimp Dip

This warm and creamy dip showcases the deep, earthy flavors of artichoke and the sweetness of shrimp, highlighted by garlic and Havarti cheese along with a splash of lemon. Assorted fresh veggies are great for scooping it up.

Makes 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 thick slices bacon, chopped
  • 10 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
  • 1 cup pickled giardiniera cauliflower, drained and chopped
  • 4 oz Havarti cheese, shredded (1 cup)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Assorted fresh vegetables, crostini or pita chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°F.

In a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Add shrimp; cook 2 minutes or until shrimp are opaque, about 2 minutes. Drain fat. Transfer bacon and shrimp to a plate lined with a paper towel; set aside.

In the same skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook and stir 4 minutes or until tender.

Chop shrimp. In a large bowl combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon peel and lemon juice. Stir in artichokes, cauliflower, Havarti cheese, bacon, shrimp and onion mixture. Season to taste.

Spread mixture into a 2-quart casserole. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes. Serve with assorted vegetables, crostini or pita chips.

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