My favorite spot for appetizers is Theo’s. We had an amazing bacon and blue cheese dip last New Years Eve at their Union Kitchen location. They serve the creamy, meaty dip hot, with kettle chips, and it’s pure indulgence at its most, well, indulgent. We rang in the new year happily and with plenty of bacon.
This year, the same group of friends opted to enjoy the holiday as a house party, skipping the huge tab and the scary drivers. I served a variety of appetizers, including this delicious and simple dip, to my wonderful friends. I wanted to re-create the dip for this year’s soiree and that’s how this recipe was concocted.
This is a fantastic recipe because you can prepare it the morning of the party and refrigerate it all day, then heat it up in the oven right before serving. The dip can also be served cold or room temperature, but I think it’s best piping hot.
We heated up the leftovers today as we
eased our hangovers relaxed on the couch. Mops was interested in the process, as usual, and I took this lovely picture of my special girl before digging in:
After this picture was taken, I decided that I couldn’t live without frozen yogurt. This was pretty much mid-bite of the bacon dip. Sweet Husband sprang to action and we ran out to grab some from the store just down the road. We put the big dogs away but didn’t think to do anything with Mops. You probably have figured out where the story is heading. It’s heading all over Mops’ beard. We walked back into the house, frozen yogurt in hand, and saw little Mops just smothered in the leftover bacon dip that was on the coffee table. We cleaned her off, but that greasy bacon smell is going to linger. Happy new year to us.
You will need:
- 7 slices thick-cut maple-cured bacon
- 1 tbsp. minced fresh garlic
- 1 package cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 6 ounces crumbled blue cheese
- 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
- 1 tbsp. dried parsley or 3 tbsp. fresh parsley
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tbsp. chives, optional
- Cook bacon in a skillet, then set on paper towels to drain. Chop when cooled and set aside.
- Add garlic to skillet and cook until fragrant, approximately two minutes.
- Mix together cream cheese, cream, mayonnaise, sour cream, and blue cheese until the consistency is even.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir.
- To serve, bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 prior to enjoying.