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
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.