Dinnervine Hot BLT Dip
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Serves: small casserole-sized party dip
 
A BLT fit for football! This dip is a little lighter but tastes very indulgent with the flavors of a fresh BLT sandwich. Easy & a crowd pleaser!
What to get:
  • 1 package bacon (strips crisped on stove)
  • 1 basket (11oz) small red grape tomatoes (deseeded ~1.5 cups chopped)
  • 2 green onions, chopped finely (greens & whites)
  • 1 green onion, chopped finely (just green, for topping baked dip)
  • 1 T garlic minced
  • 1 8-oz block of Neufchatel cheese (A low-fat version of standard cream cheese, softened)
  • 1 cup sour cream (Light, Daisy brand)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (Light, Best Foods brand)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (2% milk fat cheese)
  • 1 cup Colby-Jack shredded cheese blend
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • black pepper & kosher salt to taste
What to do:
  1. Soften cream cheese to room temperature on counter.
  2. In large skillet, or in batches crisp bacon slices from one package, drain on paper towels, set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Prep small red grape tomatoes, by cutting crosswise, and simply 'squeezing' out seeds/guts to deseed tomatoes (may help to use small cocktail fork).
  5. Chop deseeded tomato halves & set aside.
  6. Chop green onions finely, setting aside one of the chopped greens for topping dip before serving.
  7. Peel garlic cloves & mince (enough for ~ 1T worth0.
  8. In a large mixing bowl, combine softened cream cheese block, sour cream, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, and shredded cheeses well, using a thick wooden spoon and then a large whisk.
  9. To the cheese mix, add chopped tomatoes, onions, garlic, salt and pepper to taste, just stirring to incorporate evenly.
  10. Next, crumble all of the crisp-cooked bacon slices into the mix, combining until just incorporated.
  11. Oil a small-medium ceramic baking dish or 8" pie dish and evenly spread BLT dip mix.
  12. Bake in 375 degree oven for ~20-25 minutes, when dip is heated throughout and bubbly.
  13. Let dip cool slightly out of oven & then toast sliced sourdough baguette lightly in oven (couple of minutes).
  14. Serve dip hot with warm sliced bread & top with freshly chopped green onion.
Notes:
This one is easy & you can pan cook and crisp the bacon a day ahead as helpful. This one bakes up in only 20 minutes and stored well leftover in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap. Make sure the bacon is cooked on the very crispy side and even though I use lower fat versions of the dairy ingredients, you won't be able to taste it, because this is very rich and satisfying!
Serving size: enough for a crowd
Recipe by the dinnervine at http://www.dinnervine.com/2013/01/hot-blt-dip/