Home cooking: Shrimp dip

May 29, 2012

Sandi King is a member of the Singer Society, a volunteer organization that leads tours and helps at events at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown.

King brings dishes to society events, but she confessed with a laugh that, in her family, her husband is the cook with the esteemed reputation.

"I used to be known for my lasagna, but now I'm known for not cooking," she said. "I passed that on to my husband. He's a good cook. Whenever there was something the kids wanted for school, like, for a bake sale, they didn't come to me. They went to their father."

King said she learned to cook from her mother, who was from the South. This jellied shrimp dip was passed to King from her mother, who got it from someone else.

"We used to live in Florida, so I have a feeling that came from a little old lady we called Aunt Suzie," King said. "Now, it's my husband's job to make that every Christmas. It doesn't last very long."

King said the recipe may be made with canned shrimp or steam your own. And it can be made more spicy, such as with Old Bay Seasoning.

King said she plans to bring this dish to the Singer Society's meeting in June, called the Jello Jubilee — the annual luncheon once featured only dishes made with gelatin.

People interested in volunteering with the Singer Society should contact the museum at 301-739-5727.

Shrimp dip

1 can tomato soup

8-ounce package cream cheese

1 1/2 tablespoons gelatin

1/2 cup cold water

1 1/2 cups minced celery

1 medium onion, minced (see cook's note)

1 cup mayonnaise (see cook's note)

1/3 pound canned shrimp, minced

Heat tomato soup to boil. Dissolve cream cheese in soup. Dissolve gelatin in cold water, and add to soup. When mixture is cool, add celery, onion, mayonnaise and shrimp. Blend and chill. Serve with crackers.

Cook's note: Four green onions, minced, may be used in place of the medium onion. Sandi King uses Hellmann's mayonnaise, and she said the recipe tastes good with Old Bay Seasoning.
— Courtesy of Sandi King of Hagerstown

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