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African Red Dip with Shrimp

The West African ata sauce is based on a homemade red pepper paste. The paprika is "toasted" before it is added to bring out its characteristic flavor.


Ata Sauce

  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Red Pepper Paste
  • 1 dozen chilled cooked shrimp

Red Pepper Paste

  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 of a medium onion
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup paprika


  1. Ata Sauce: Mix chili sauce and Red Pepper Paste. Serve with chilled cooked shrimp.
  2. Red Pepper Paste: Place all ingredients except paprika in blender container. Cover and blend on high speed until smooth, scraping sides of blender frequently.
  3. Heat paprika in 1-quart saucepan for 1 minute.
  4. Add spice mixture gradually, stirring until smooth. Heat, stirring occasionally, until hot — about 3 minutes; cool.

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