Thursday, June 11, 2009

Foodie Friday - Desperation dish

I had just about decided that I wasn't going to be joining the Foodie Friday party this week. Believe me, there was no "creative cooking" being done at our house this week! This was one of those weeks that was spent trying to get twice as much done in about half the time -- I'm sure you have those too. So I pretty well figured that I was out when I remembered my "desperation dish" -- you know the kind I mean -- the one you can put together in about 3 minutes and head out the door.

This is the dish I would make back in my 20's and 30's to take to parties or gatherings -- it got to be known as "Martha's Shrimp Stuff" among our friends, family and co-workers. I used to giggle whenever anyone would ask for the recipe -- it's almost embarrassing - but here goes.

one can of tiny shrimp - I used "Bumble Bee"
one green onion
Old Bay seasoning

Drain and rinse the shrimp (I usually put three aside to decorate the top)
Mash. Chop onion and add to shrimp. Add enough mayonaise to get the consistancy you want. Sprinkle with Old Bay and add a squirt of lemon juice. Blend together.
Garnish as desired. Serve with crackers. This can be doubled.

Later this recipe sort of morphed into a really good shrimp cheese ball (when I'm less desperate)-- and I'll share that another day. This also can be used as a spread for shrimp salad sandwiches (which is what I'm going to do with this tomorrow for lunch - on toasted bread with a little tomato and lettuce.)

So tell me --- what's your "desperation" dish?

Here - have a cracker and we'll go and check out what people who are really cooking up some great dishes are sharing this week over at Gollum's "Design's by Gollum".

See ya!


  1. Everyone needs a couple of "desperation dishes" -- sort of like that little black dress in the closet!

    Looks yummy!

  2. Hi Martha...Now this looks good! And not desperate at all!! Yummy!...Debbie

  3. Not so "desperate"......I remember making that dish and everyone enjoying it. Sometimes the easiest recipes are the best:)

  4. Oh no, its great Martha to use just what you have in the cupboard when guests pop in. This looks tasty and of course I love the flamingo! I guess Molly is still staying put?

    XO Sue.

  5. I think this will be my desperation dish! It used to be run to the fast food place! This looks much better than that! laurie

  6. This looks very good. Not desperation.

  7. I wouldn't call this a desperation dish at all.
    We all need a closet full of quick, easy and delicious recipes these days. Have a wonderful day.

  8. Not desperate...quick and easy!! Sounds good, my friend... I may make some... look like it would be good in celery too! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

  9. So simple, but sounds so good. That cheese ball version intrigues me, too. ~ Robyn

  10. My desperation dish is 1 8-oz. block of cream cheese. Pour Dr. Pete's Praline mustard glaze over the top and serve with Wheat Thins. Everyone loves it. Maybe I'll do a post about it and give some info on Dr. Pets's.

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! This dish sounds so good! I could go for some right now!


  12. me it looks well thought out! I would never call anything like THAT desperate!
    Nope! Looks wonderful! I LOVE shrimp!! One of my most favorite!
    ~smiles and hugs!~

  13. Ohhh anything with shrimp is far from desperate! More like delicious. My favorite deperation meal? Omlets (gotta do something with all those eggs) and "breakfast for supper".

  14. That sounds yummy! Will remember this for taking to parties!

  15. This looks like a great lifesaver when you are in pinch! Cathy