18 ozcontainer chive and onion cream cheesesoftened
⅓cupchili sauce (i.e. Heinz)
1 ½teaspoonseafood seasoning(i.e. Seafood Magic, Old Bay)
½teaspoongranulated garlic or garlic powder
few dashes hot sauce adjust to taste
¼cupred bell pepperfinely diced (Reserve some for garnishing, if desired)
3green onionthinly sliced
4oztiny cooked shrimproughly chopped
chopped chives for garnishingoptional
assorted crackers, pita chips, crostini or bread for serving
Using an electric mixer, whip together the softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, chili sauce, seafood seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder and lemon pepper. Whip for 2 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add a few dashes of hot sauce, adjusting the level of heat to your taste.
By hand, fold in red bell pepper, green onion and shrimp mixing until fully combined.
Transfer to an airtight container to chill for at least 2 hours prior to serving.
Serve with crackers or pita chips as an appetizer or as a sandwich spread garnished with additional red pepper and chives, if desired.