Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bacon-Blue Cheese Dip


Two ingredients that immediately make me want to make a recipe.  Bacon.  Blue Cheese.  Combine the two?  It is sure to be a hit.  This dip was a wonderful snack (err ... dinner) for us the night we decorated our house for Christmas.  Warm, cheesey, bacon-y... and it was equally good once it had cooled to room temperature.  It also comes together quite quickly, and can be prepped in advance.  So when it's time to serve, just pop it in the oven for a few minutes, and you're good to go!

If you are still looking for a quick and easy appetizer for your Christmas dinner, or if you are a planner and you're already putting together a menu for New Year's Eve, this is a great choice. 


Bacon-Blue Cheese Dip
adapted from Southern Living, December 2004
  • 7 slices bacon, chopped (preferably thick-cut, applewood smoked bacon)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened (reduced fat is fine)
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half, heavy cream, or Greek yogurt
  • 4 oz crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 Tbs chopped fresh chives
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grapes, for serving
  • crackers, for serving
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cook the bacon in a skillet until browned and crispy.  Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.  Pour off all but about 1 tsp fat, and add the garlic.  Saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.  Add the bacon (reserve a small amount for garnish), garlic, half-and-half, blue cheese, and chives.  Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Spoon into a lightly greased serving dish, and bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.  Garnish with reserved bacon and allow to cool slightly before serving.  Serve with grapes and crackers.


9 comments:

Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen said...

I loooove this dip. I made it back in the early days of my blog, and the photo is quite possibly the worst food photo I've ever taken. Thanks for reminding me that I need to remake it and rephotograph it! :)

Have a Merry Christmas!

Made in Sonoma said...

I LOVE anything bacon & blue cheese as well. I'm book marking this one for the future.

Sara {home is where the cookies are} said...

Ooooo. . . really? YUM!!!

Cookbook Queen said...

In my house, cheese dip is a staple, especially around the holidays!! This version sounds fabulous.

Amy said...

Oh, this looks so delicious! I love homemade dips!

blackheartbetty said...

This sounds delish! I may have to make it for our appetizer night. Yummy!

Elpiniki said...

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Emily said...

My sister posted this recipe to Pinterest and it immediately caught my eye because, well, bacon and blue cheese! How could that go wrong? I had a small party at my house last night for New Year's Eve and made this dip, and it was absolutely delicious. The blue cheese flavor is really strong, more so than the bacon, but that was ok with me. Thanks for the good recipe!

Gwyn said...

This is awesome. I used pre-crumbled bacon (11oz) & just heated it up with the garlic for a few minutes for that part. I also got a tub of 5 oz blue cheese crumbles so just used all of that. This dip is addicting & very yummy! (and i love how easy it was to make!)

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