This recipe came about from a mix of several other recipes I have made over the years, and it has become a favorite. 35 years ago I would slap a brick of cream cheese on a platter, toss my homemade cocktail sauce with some canned or frozen shrimp, throw some crackers around the edge, and here ya go! I think you will agree that this recipe is much more sophisticated and tastes wonderful. Give this a try, any shrimp cocktail lovers will not be able to stay away! Cook time includes chilling time.