If you’re the sort of snacker who will proceed to dip every appetizer on the sampler platter in the tiny side of blue cheese long after the wings have been eaten, you are in the right place. Welcome. You are amongst your people here, and this Baked Bacon Blue Cheese Dip is about to rock your world.
I know, it doesn’t look like much. A mildly lumpy and slightly golden-browned dip in a little casserole dish doesn’t scream “new and exciting”. But let me just tell you that what this simple, 6-ingredient dip lacks in curb appeal, it makes up for in rich, creamy, tangy, salty, savory goodness.
I’m no stranger to cheesy dips, you guys; I literally will throw parties specifically because I have some new great dip ideas, and I will literally attend parties because I am looking forward to hanging by the chip n’ dip platters. Yet for all the hundreds of quesos and fondues and even baked ricotta dips I’ve demolished, I recently realized that I have never, ever seen a warm blue cheese dip at a party. As a serious blue cheese lover, this is clearly an abomination.
For all of us who have crumbled blue cheese on our burgers, we know that warm and and melty blue cheese is even more delicious than the thinned-out, room-temperature stuff that graces every veggie platter. Especially if that melty blue cheese happens to accompany some salty, smoky bacon on your burger.
Okay, anyone else seriously craving a burger now?
We’re here for the dip though, let’s try to stay focused, Morgan!
Anyway, I decided to make my own blue cheese dip, and I’m kicking myself for not doing it earlier. It was a hit at my NYE party and it was so simple to make!
A big hunk of baked blue cheese– while dreamy– is not super dippable, so I mash my blue cheese with cream cheese and mayonnaise to get a softer consistency. Don’t want all of your chips breaking apart when you try to dunk ’em in, you know! But because I do love huge hunks of blue cheese, I also add in some large crumbles after making the base, for texture. And then I add in the bacon. A lot of crispy bacon. I believe this part needs no further explanation.
Truthfully, this is all you need to do before you bake, but I also like to mix in garlic powder and green onions or chives for extra flavor. Then into the oven it goes until it’s melted and lightly browned on top. Mmm.
Serve your Baked Bacon Blue Cheese Dip with chips, veggies, toasted bread, crackers, or heck, a spoon, because you’re going to scarf down a whole lot of it. No shame.Print
- 1 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 6 ounces blue cheese crumbles, divided
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 5 bacon slices, crumbled
- 3 tablespoons chopped green onions or chives, plus more to top
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a small baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, use a hand-mixer to combine the cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Add in half of the blue cheese and all of the garlic powder, and continue to beat until combined.
- Fold in the bacon, green onions or chives, and remaining blue cheese crumbles. Once evenly distributed, transfer the dip to the prepared baking dish.
- Bake until golden brown on top, about 15-18 minutes. Top with additional green onions or chives and serve warm with bread, crackers, chips, and/or vegetables for dipping.
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