Shrimp Pate

Oh, what a wonderful day when friends are coming over and your goal is to treat them as guests. You know, when you really go all out, not to impress – heavens no, but to make sure everything is in order, to make sure every one has a good time and to make every bite a fascinating plea for more. That’s what friends are for, right? To treat them in a special way so an enjoyable time will be had by all. Who knows, they might even talk about it for weeks. This shrimp recipe is one such memorable appetizer that always brings about admiring respect for your endeavor. Try it – if you like shrimp, you will love this one. Enjoy!

Shrimp Pate

13 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons dry vermouth or chicken broth
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 pounds small shrimp, cooked, finely chopped – divided
6 green onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup chopped pistachio nuts

    In a large bowl blend together the first 11 ingredients until smooth. Fold in the remaining ingredients along with most of the shrimp mixing well. Cover bowl and refrigerate several hours. Serve with toasted rustic bread slices or assorted crackers with a garnish of shrimp and parsley. To make a spread, simply incorporate a little more mayonnaise or broth.

    21 thoughts on “Shrimp Pate

    1. kathyvegas

      Another shrimp delight! This reminds of other Southern shrimp pastes that I also love, but you've really made it something fantastic here with the seasonings you've used as well as one of my weaknesses-pistachios.

    2. The Chickenless Chick

      Lovin the pistachio nuts in this recipe! And I know just what you mean about going all out for your friends… It's not that you have to put on a big elaborate show, but that they deserve the best you have to offer.


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