Blue Cheese Bacon Dip

Do you ever forget about recipes? Ones that you love and make a few times and then the piece of paper that the recipe is written on gets shoved in the back of a drawer or something not to reemerge for years? This is one of those recipes.

Thankfully, I did end up finding it and made it as a starter for my annual orphan Christmas dinner. We are a military family so we invite over whoever is still in town. Some years there are 6 of us, some 20.

This year there were 8 adults and a handful of kids. If you have children you know what Christmas Day can be like. Crazy, tired children, too many mimosas at breakfast and a house strewn with wrapping paper. Not really the best situation in which to have a sit-down dinner for 8 with the good china and silver.

That being said, it is all together doable if you make things that can be prepared in advance. Like this little baby. The entire thing can be assembled and put in the fridge until you are ready to cook it.

I made it the day before, but this delicious bacon blue cheese dip would probably hold for at least two. In fact, it probably tastes even better when the flavors get a chance to mingle overnight.

Just put it in the oven about half an hour before your guests arrive and it will be ready and waiting to be dug into. This was devoured in about 14 minutes.

This was so good, it was the first requested recipe for my new little blog. Thanks K!

What you need to make Blue Cheese Bacon Dip //

7 bacon slices (I use thick-cut applewood smoked bacon. Any bacon would work, but the bacon is the star of the show so I think that it should be really good bacon.)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 packages cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup half and half
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1/3 cup toasted chopped walnuts

Cook the chopped bacon in a skillet until brown and crispy over medium-high heat, about 10 minutes.

Drain the bacon on a paper towel lined plate. Have you ever seen a more gorgeous picture? Add the minced garlic to the pan and saute for 1 minute.

Beat the cream cheese with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add the half and half and mix until well combined.

Stir in bacon, garlic, blue cheese, chives, and walnuts (reserve a few nuts and chives for the top). Taste for seasoning. I added a pinch of salt and a lot of pepper. Spoon the mixture into a small casserole dish or 4 (1-cup) ramekins.

Bake at 350 degrees until golden and bubbly. Garnish with remaining walnuts and chives. (I forgot too garnish with the chives, will you forgive me? I was too focused on getting it my mouth.)  Serve with grapes, apple slices and crackers or toasted baguette would be nice too.

Even Clay wants in on the action. I just noticed his little hand trying to attack my blue cheese bacon dip.

Make this and be prepared to share it with friends. And if you are fast enough, you just may get a bite.

Blue Cheese Bacon Dip

Blue Cheese Bacon Dip

Yield: serves 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Blue Cheese Bacon Dip - A total crowd-pleaser. Perfect for game day or any occasion. Creamy blue cheese, walnuts, and lots of bacon. Serve with crackers and apple wedges.

Ingredients

  • 7 bacon slices (I use thick-cut applewood smoked bacon)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1/3 cup toasted chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Cook the chopped bacon in a skillet until brown and crispy over medium-high heat, about 10 minutes.
  2. Drain the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate. Add the minced garlic to the pan and saute for 1 minute. Set aside.
  3. Beat the cream cheese with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add the half and half and mix until well combined.
  4. Stir in bacon, garlic, blue cheese, chives, and walnuts (reserve a few nuts and chives for the top). Taste for seasoning. I added a pinch of salt and a lot of pepper. Spoon the mixture into a small casserole dish or 4 (1-cup) ramekins.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees until golden and bubbly, approximately 15 minutes. Garnish with remaining walnuts and chives. Serve with grapes, apple slices, and crackers.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 226mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

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This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. Brenda Bisharat

    I’m coming over right now….when did you make this? I have to have some!

  2. Corey

    I was lucky enough to dive into this little gem on Christmas. It was delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. Deirdre

    Bacon + Blue Cheese – talk dirty to me, mama! I am going to make this for a party next weekend!

  4. Christie

    With no parties on the horizon I decided to make this for dinner, along with some fresh bread, salad, fruit, etc.. Although ridiculously yummy, I would not recommend making a meal out of this. It was so good we kept eating more, and more, and more…. until we felt like we were slipping into a coma. Mmmmm… bacon blue cheese yummyness…

  5. Natasha

    Can you have this cold as well? or does it have to be baked?

    1. bakedbree

      I do not see why not.

  6. Rachel

    Just wanted to let you know that I made this for Thanksgiving & served with crackers & apples & it was A HIT! Even with my 2 year old nephew & mother who HATES blue cheese (blasphemy!) LOVED it!!! (I think that she might now not HATE it anymore after this lovely recipe!)…

    Thanks for sharing!!! 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      I am glad that you have some blue cheese converts!

  7. VirtualWineBar.com

    Bree!
    What an amazing recipe! It’s just been featured as the “Daily Nosh” on VirtuaWineBar.com paired with Saracco 2011 Moscato d’Asti. The delicate sweetness and bubbles in this wine will help balance the bold tang of the blue cheese.

    This the second featured recipe on VirtualWine Bar.com so keep up the awesome recipes!

    Cheers!

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you for featuring me!

  8. maureen

    Can this be frozen after cooked?

    1. bakedbree

      I don’t really know, I have never tried. I have made it the day before and kept it in the fridge before baking.

  9. Jean

    The two packages of cream cheese, is that the small 3 oz or the large 8 oz? Can’t wait to make this!

  10. Joanne

    I love this recipe! Dug it out to make for the big game tonight.

    1. bakedbree

      I haven’t made this in a long time, I might need to break it out. 🙂

  11. s

    Bree-
    you never clarified… when you call for two packages of cream cheese, what size do you mean? 3 or 8 oz

    1. bakedbree

      8 Ounce.

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