Cheesy Baked Bacon Dip

by Olivia

This Cheesy Baked Bacon Dip is the Ultimate Party Pleaser

Hey y’all! If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s perfect for any gathering, this Cheesy Baked Bacon Dip is just the ticket. Creamy, cheesy, and loaded with crispy bacon, this dip is topped with crumbled Ritz crackers for an added crunch. Serve it with extra crackers for dipping, and watch it disappear in no time. Let’s dive into this savory delight!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Rich and Creamy: The combination of cream cheese and mayonnaise creates an irresistibly creamy base.
  • Bacon Goodness: Who can resist the flavor of crispy, crumbled bacon?
  • Cheesy Delight: The Swiss cheese adds a tangy, gooey texture that’s hard to beat.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: Perfect for parties, game days, or any casual get-together.

 

  • Cuisine Type: American
  • Servings: Makes about 8 servings
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 block (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 8 oz. Swiss cheese, grated
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Ritz crackers, crumbled (just shy of 1 sleeve), plus more for serving

How to Make This Recipe

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 325°F.
  2. Combine Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, and grated Swiss cheese until well distributed. You can use an electric mixer, but a rubber spatula and a little elbow grease will get the job done just fine.
  3. Mix in Additions: Mix in the thinly sliced green onions and crumbled bacon.
  4. Prepare for Baking: Place the mixture in a baking dish and top with the crumbled Ritz crackers.
  5. Bake: Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the center is hot and bubbly.
  6. Serve: Serve immediately with extra Ritz crackers on the side for dipping.

Variations

  • Spicy Kick: Add a dash of hot sauce or some diced jalapeños for a spicy twist.
  • Different Cheeses: Try using cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese for a different flavor profile.
  • Vegetarian Option: Substitute the bacon with crispy, crumbled tempeh bacon for a vegetarian version.

Equipment

  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer or rubber spatula
  • Baking dish
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Storage

Store any leftover dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until warm before serving.

What to Serve with This Recipe

This cheesy baked bacon dip is perfect with Ritz crackers, but it’s also delicious with fresh vegetables like celery sticks, carrot sticks, or bell pepper slices. It pairs well with pretzels or toasted baguette slices too.

Tips

  • Soften Cream Cheese: Make sure the cream cheese is fully softened for easy mixing.
  • Crispy Bacon: Cook the bacon until it’s crispy for the best texture in the dip.
  • Serve Hot: This dip is best served hot and bubbly, straight from the oven.

FAQ

Q: Can I make this dip ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can prepare the dip ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. Bake it just before serving to ensure it’s hot and bubbly.

Q: What if I don’t have Swiss cheese?

A: You can substitute with any good melting cheese like cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Gruyère.

Q: Can I use store-bought bacon bits?

A: Yes, but freshly cooked and crumbled bacon will give you the best flavor and texture.

 

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