With football season upon us, this lightened up Buffalo Shrimp Dip recipe is a perfect gameday party food.
It’s a little bit ironic that Super Bowl Sunday generally falls during American Heart Month. I usually dread the super cheesy, mayo laden dips and spreads found at most sports viewing parties. Buffalo flavor and sporting events seem to go together like a ball and glove. It’s always crowd pleasing, but often high in fat and calories. This recipe uses lower fat varieties of cream cheese, sour cream and shredded cheese. It has enough fat to provide great flavor, but saves enough to cut out a significant amount of calories. If shrimp is not your thing, you can also use canned or shredded rotisserie chicken. If you like your dips super spicy, just add more hot sauce.
Of course, I recommend dipping veggies, especially since Super Bowl parties tend to be lacking in the produce department. Think celery, cucumbers, carrots, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli and cherry tomatoes. If you choose to offer chips or crackers as well, look for whole grain versions (not WITH whole grain, but 100% whole grain). If you take a look at some very popular national cracker brands, they will say “made WITH whole grains”, which basically means it’s totally refined and processed with a sprinkling of whole grain flour thrown in for good measure. Don’t mistake that for an actual whole grain product. Some of my favorites are Crunchmaster, Way Better Foods, Triscuits (original, not flavored), and Beanitos. (I have no affiliation with any of these brands)
I hope you enjoy this tasty recipe, let me know if you have any “lighter” Super Bowl party recipes to share in the comments below!!
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- 4 ounces (1/2 block) light cream cheese (Neufchatel cheese)
- 1/4 cup light sour cream
- 2 Tablespoons buffalo hot sauce (or Sriracha)
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 2 ounces 2% reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese- divided
- 1 can (4 ounces) baby shrimp, drained
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a small baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
- Soften cream cheese in a glass bowl for about 20 seconds.
- Add sour cream, hot sauce, vinegar and stir well.
- Add 1 ounce of cheese and combine.
- Add shrimp and gently stir to combine.
- Transfer mixture to the baking dish and top with remaining ounce of cheese.
- Bake for 4-5 minutes and then broil for 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted, bubbly and starting to brown.