This weekend we were invited to the home of some close friends of ours to celebrate the Superbowl. Of course I wanted to bring something, I was taught never to show up empty-handed! I wanted something “different” and I knew I wanted to make something that my hosts would love. I started thinking of the things they like and decided to concoct this bacon and bleu dip.
I love the bacon and bleu cheese combo. Throw in some carmelized onions and you won’t get rid of me! So that’s what I did. This dip was AMAZING! Our host, Fritz said that he couldn’t keep away from it and told me that I should feel free to bring it anytime I come to their house. All that was left at the end of the night was a few crackers full….no point in refrigerating, we just ate that! 😉
Bacon and Bleu Dip
1/8 package of bacon, cut into small pieces and fried
1 onion, chopped but not too small
1 tsp garlic, minced
2 tbsp butter
salt, pepper, onion and garlic powders to taste
1 small tub bleu cheese crumbles
1 block cream cheese (I used the less fat kind – though it was probably pointless in this dip!!)
1/4 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a small oven-safe dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.
In a small pot, melt the butter and add the onions, garlic and a dash of salt and saute’ over low-medium heat until a golden brown. Once carmelized, empty into a medium-sized mixing bowl. In the same pot, add the bacon and cook until brown and crisp, then scoop out and add to the bowl with the onions, along with 1 tbsp of the bacon grease.
Add the bleu cheese crumbles and stir well, then add the softened cream cheese and the cream. Mix well (you might have to pop it into the microwave a little while to really mix it well) and taste for seasonings. Empty into the baking dish and pop into the oven. Bake until the edges are bubbling and it’s slightly browning on top. If grease has accumulated on top, lightly blot off with a paper towel. Serve warm with crackers or bread.