This warm blue cheese dip will be one of your favorite appetizer recipes for entertaining. I can not tell you how insane it is! It is one of those appetizers that you just can’t walk away from. My husband who does not care for blue cheese even liked it. This is a great appetizer that you can put together ahead of time and then toss in the oven a half hour before your guest arrive. Serve with tortilla chips, bread, crackers or cut-up veggies. You can bake it in several small ramekins or a 1-quart dish. Enjoy!
8-10 slices hardwood smoked bacon, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
8-oz cream cheese, softened
4-oz. blue cheese crumbles
1/4 C. heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives
4 Tbsp. chopped almonds
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook chopped bacon in skillet until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towel and drain oil from skillet, leaving a thin layer of bacon fat in the pan to cook the garlic in. Return bacon to the pan and add garlic; cook until garlic is tender–be careful not to burn it. Drain the garlic and bacon on paper towels.
Beat the softened cream cheese in a bowl until smooth. Add heavy cream, blue cheese and chives and beat well. Fold in the bacon-garlic mixture.
In a baking dish, spread the mixture and sprinkle with almonds. Bake in the preheated oven 25-30 minutes, or until dip is melted and bubbly. Serve warm.
Servings: 12 or more