Did someone say bacon?!?!?!?

12 Jan

Mmm….bacon. Such an amazing foodstuff. That salty smoky flavor…that crispy crunchy goodness. Yum. And apologies in advance, I was in such a hurry to get the dip out I forgot to take a photo of the heated cheesy bubbling goodness from the oven. Just take my word for it, it’s awesome looking. And tasting.

This dip is D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!!!! And so easy to make. And a real crowd pleaser. I made this for NYE last year and this year, and it was devoured. Almost nothing left but the bread! For the bacon I use the precooked type because it only takes a couple of minutes to crisp up and doesn’t have to be drained as much. Feel free to use turkey bacon in place of the regular if you are looking for more calorie cutting.  If bacon isn’t your thing, you could leave it out and still have a really flavorful dip sure to please. You could also bake this without a bread boat and just put it in a baking dish or in a crock pot for an easy appetizer.

Baked Bacon & Cheese Dip

  • 1 unsliced loaf of french or italian bread
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 8oz block light cream cheese, at room temp
  • 1/2 cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1/2 large vidalia onion, finely chopped
  • 7 strips of bacon, chopped, cooked and drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Slice out the center of your loaf of italian bread, making a bread bowl “boat”. Hollow out the bread loaf to make room for the dip. Reserve the extra bread for dipping.

Combine all remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stirring to combine. Fill in the bread boat and spread out over the edges of the loaf. Place bread loaf in a baking dish and wrap in foil to keep the bread from drying out.

Bake for 40 minutes or until heated through. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes until  the top is brown and bubbling.  Serve with additional bread chunks, chips, crackers or celery. Or all of those things.

mmm....bacon. and cheese. drool.

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One Response to “Did someone say bacon?!?!?!?”

  1. Yinzerella January 12, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Great minds think alike. Bring on the cheese! I could totally make this w/ fat-free cheese and turkey bacon…hmmmmm

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