Spicy Ranch Shrimp, Smashed Potatoes Bed & Veggie Nest #RSC

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“Ready, Set, Cook! Hidden Valley Contest Entry. This is a really great recipe for an appetizer, brunch or a light dinner with a small salad. It looks like you went to a lot of trouble but it really is very simple to do.”
1hr 10mins
12 nests

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Shrimp Topping
  • 2 lbs small shrimp, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning
  • Sassy Sauce
  • 12 cup ranch dressing
  • 12 cup catsup
  • 14 cup creole mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 -2 teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1 teaspoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, chopped fine
  • Nests
  • 1 (4 ounce) box hash browns
  • 12 cup zucchini, shredded
  • 12 cup carrot, shredded
  • 1 dash salt and pepper
  • 14 cup canola oil
  • cooking spray
  • Filling
  • 1 cup red potatoes, Boiled and mashed
  • 14 cup ranch dressing
  • 12 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 12 teaspoon garlic salt


  1. First you will need to boil shrimp in boiling water with the Cajun seasoning. You only want to boil them for a few minutes until they are pink. Remove to a colander and rinse with cold water. Set aside. Next mix all the sassy sauce ingredients together; using your judgment as to how spicy you want to be. Mix in shrimp and place in refrigerator to chill.
  2. Next, put hot water in hash browns as directed. Grate zucchini and carrot in bowl together. Drain has brown potatoes and add to bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and then toss all with oil. Spray a 12 hole muffin tin with cooking spray. Place a scoop of potatoes in each tin and make a hollow with back of spoon so that you have a small nest of potatoes. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until browned.
  3. While nests are baking, boil red potatoes, drain and mash, Next add Ranch dressing, cream, garlic and chives. Stir together until well combined and fairly creamy. A few lumps are OK.
  4. When nests are done, lift them out of tin and place on platter. Put mashed potatoes in a pastry bag or plastic storage bag and cut off tip of it. I then place a small swirl of mashed potatoes in nests and then place a helping of the shrimp on top. These really are best served while the potatoes are warm but they are pretty good cold too!

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