Shrimp Roll: Virtual Potluck

Shrimp Roll

Thanksgiving is in four days! I know that you all knew that already but I’m still scrambling to get ready, but I am coming to terms with that just being the way it is going to be.

Marx Foods was kind enough to send a box of goodies for our Thanksgiving Virtual Potluck.  It reminded me of an episode of Food Network’s Chopped.  Except for we weren’t required to use every ingredient.  Thank goodness for me but I think some of my fellow Potlucker’s may have!

My box included mushrooms, dried chilie’s,vanilla beans and rice.  I used the porcini mushrooms in last weeks VP post for the best from scratch pasta sauce, ever!  I’ve used some of the dried chilie’s here, in this must have appetizer.

I am generally in charge of the appetizers and desserts for Thanksgiving and sometimes I cook the ham.  So I knew I wanted to bring a delicious appetizer to this Virtual Potluck.  This is adapted from my sister-in-law’s signature appetizer, shrimp roll.  If you like shrimp, you will love it.

Be sure to head over to Cookistry where Donna has rounded up all of this weeks Virtual Potluck posts.  There are some delicious Thanksgiving dishes that you will want to add to your menu.  I know there are main dishes, sides, desserts and even a spectacular coctail!

Marx was also kind enough to give us a couple of extra samples that we could share with you.  Marx has a huge variety of incredible foods.  From meats, to seafood, to mushrooms, chilies, truffles, vanilla beans and more.

Marx is also offering a discount code to the Virtual Potluck fans.  Just enter “Potluck” into the coupon code and you will receive 10% off anything in the store!  Valid 11/21- 11/27/2011.

Up for grabs:   2 Puya Chilies and 2 Madagascar BourbonVanilla Beans!

AND WE HAVE A WINNER!!!  Rachel BlomNovember 22, 2011 at 12:55 am  ” I would most like to try Marx Foods truffles”


To enter:

  • Visit the Marx Foods store and tell me what item you would most like to try.

Extra Entries:

  •  Visit the Virtual Potluck Roundup and leave a comment on at least one of the other posts, come back here and let me know that you did.

          If you visit all of the VP posts and leave comments that’s 11 additional entries!

  • Tweet the following  “I just entered to win Madagascar Vanilla Beans & Puya Chilies from Miss in the Kitchen #virtualpotluck”
  • Follow Virtual Potluck on facebook or twitter

Please leave a comment for each to count as an entry.  Entries received through Sunday, November 27, 2011.  Open to US residents and Canada.

Shrimp Roll


8 oz cream cheese, softened

1 tablespoon diced, dried Aji Amarillo Chilies, or other mild chilies

1/2 teaspoon finely grated garlic

2 tablespoons green onion, finely chopped

1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning

1 cup shrimp, cooked, shelled, chopped small

1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts, chopped


Mix cream cheese, Amarillo Chili, garlic, green onion, and Old Bay Seasoning until smooth.  Fold in green onions and shrimp.  Pour mixture onto a sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper and roll into a log shape.  Twist ends and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Mix toasted nuts together in a shallow dish.  Roll chilled shrimp roll in nuts, coating all sides.  Serve with chips or crackers.





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