Blue Cheese Bacon Dip

This irresistibly delicious Blue Cheese Bacon Dip is quick, easy, and loaded with flavor. Blue cheese crumbles, crunchy walnuts, and crispy bacon make this game day dip a total crowd-pleaser.

blue cheese bacon dip in a bowl with fruit and crackers

Move over french onion dip because this blue cheese bacon dip recipe is THE BEST appetizer to share with your friends and family on game day (or any day really). I’ve made this warm dip a few times but the piece of paper the recipe was scratched on got lost in the depths of a kitchen drawer, so I sort of forgot about it.

Thankfully, the piece of paper reemerged just in time for me to make this dip for my annual Christmas dinner. The best part about finding this recipe is I was able to assemble the dip the night before and bake it right before serving. This dip was DEVOURED in about 14 minutes.

You could even make this dip up to 2 days in advance. Actually, the dip probably tastes even better when the flavors have more time to mingle. Serve with crackers and apples and this dip becomes an appetizer worthy of being on a fancy menu. That said, once you set this luscious dip on the table to “share” with friends, be prepared to move fast and you may even get a bite.

ingredients for blue cheese bacon dip

Ingredients //

  • Bacon – I use thick-cut applewood smoked bacon for the best flavor and texture.
  • Garlic Cloves (minced) – Fresh garlic gives this dip SO much incredible flavor. The more the better!
  • Cream Cheese (softened) – I used 2 8-ounce blocks of cream cheese as the base of this dip.
  • Half and Half – thins the cream cheese into a creamy dip consistency.
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles – If you’re not a fan of blue cheese, you should still give this dip a shot. I’ve served it to many blue cheese skeptics and it’s still been met with rave reviews.
  • Fresh Chives (chopped) – adds mild onion flavor and color.
  • Toasted Walnuts (chopped) – give each bite of dip a little crunch that pleasantly contrasts the creamy dip.

How to Make // The Steps

cooking pieces of bacon in a pan for blue cheese bacon dip

Step 1 Brown bacon bits:

In a large skillet, add chopped bacon, and cook over medium-high heat until cooked through and crispy (about 10 minutes). Drain the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate. Set aside.

Step 2 Cook garlic:

In the same skillet used for the bacon, add garlic and saute until fragrant (about 1 minute). Set aside.

Step 3 Mix cream cheese and half and half:

With a mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Add the half and half and continue mixing until well combined.

Step 4 Mix dip together:

To the bowl, add cooked bacon and garlic, blue cheese crumbles, chives, and walnuts (hang on to a few nuts and chives to garnish the dip with). Season with salt and pepper.

Step 5 Bake: Spoon mixture into a small casserole dish or 4 eight-ounce ramekins. Bake in 350 degrees preheated oven until golden and bubbly (about 15 minutes).

Step 6 Garnish & serve:

Garnish with walnuts and chopped chives. Serve with grapes, apple slices, crackers, toasted bread, or all of the above.

cooked bacon pieces on a paper towel to drain the grease

Tips & Tricks

  • To save time on cooking the bacon, you can use pre-cooked store-bought bacon bits (just make sure they are good quality).
  • Save enough chopped chives and walnuts to sprinkle on top of the dip before serving.
  • Assemble this dip a day or two in advance and bake until warm, melted and delicious right before serving.
ingredients for blue cheese bacon dip being mixed in a bowl

Why is Blue Cheese Bacon Dip So Good?

  • It’s the perfect appetizer for game day and special occasions.
  • Quick and easy! You can make this dip in about 30 minutes.
  • Great to make ahead. Blue cheese bacon dip tastes even better when stored in the fridge for a night or two before baking.
  • Multi-purpose. Smear bacon dip on burgers, sandwiches or use it to make stuffed chicken.
finished blue chees bacon dip in a bowl

Variations //

If blue cheese is a bit too funky for you, you can use a more mild crumbled cheese like feta or gorgonzola. The flavor will be a bit different but delicious regardless.

This blue cheese bacon dip would also be great with caramelized onion or shallot mixed in. Looking for snacks to serve alongside blue cheese bacon dip? The foods below pair perfectly with bacon dip.

  • Crackers
  • Pita Chips
  • Wavy Potato Chips
  • Pretzels
  • Fresh Celery & Carrots
  • Toasted Baguette
  • Crusty Fresh Sliced Bread
  • Grapes
  • Apples
blue cheese bacon dip in a bowl with fruit and crackers

How to Store //

You can refrigerate this dip in an airtight container for 4 to 5 days.

Make-Ahead and Freezer Options //

Unfortunately, this isn’t a recipe that freezes well. When cream cheese is frozen it separates and the texture is never quite the same.

More Dip Recipes

Hot Corn Dip

Italian Sub Dip

Loaded Baked Potato Dip

Vegan Baked Taco Dip

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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