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Bleu Cheese and Bacon Dip

2010 September 19

Delicious Bleu Cheese DipI’ve said it only a FEW times in this blog how much of a nutty chip and dip gal I am. And here’s a dip that you just MUST make. Bleu Cheese and Bacon Dip makes my mouth water just typing those words.

I think you either love bleu cheese or you don’t. So, for those that love it, I highly recommend making this for lunch today (or tomorrow!) No, I’m not kidding. Treat yourself to a little decadence.

As rich as this simple recipe is, you can cut down on a few of the calories if that’s what’s holding you back from making this immediately… and I mean today… just read the notes at the end of the recipe.

Okay, so you don’t want to make it for lunch today. Then, make it ahead of time for the next time you have your girlfriends over, or throwing a party for the boss. It’s just that good. Enjoy!

Prep time: 20 min., Bake: 15 min. Yield: Makes 12 to 15 servings

Great Hill Blue Cheese

Great Hill Blue Cheese

What you’ll need:
(Printable recipe)
- 7 bacon slices, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup half-and-half
- 4 ounces crumbled bleu cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted
- Clusters of grapes – any kind
- Flatbread, assorted crackers, or baked pita chips

What to do:
1. Cook the chopped bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes or until crisp. Drain the bacon, and set aside. Add the minced garlic to skillet, and sauté for 1 minute.

2. Beat the cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Then, add the half-and-half, beating until combined. Stir in bacon, garlic, bleu cheese, and chives. Spoon mixture evenly into 4 (1-cup) individual baking dishes or into a 1-quart baking dish.

3. Bake the bleu cheese and bacon dip at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Sprinkle evenly with chopped walnuts, and serve with grape clusters and your choice of crackers.

This delicious easy appetizer – rich and creamy – can also be made with less calorific ingredients and still, you will have a rich and creamy dip to serve. For example: Use turkey bacon. You can also substitute for the cream cheese by using the fat-free version OR use Light Laughing Cow cheese. Just unwrap 16 little Laughing Cow cheeses and use it in place of the cream cheese. It’s WAY delicious as my son would say. And, last but not least, use lite sour cream or low-fat greek yogurt instead of the half-in-half.

There you have it! Hope you enjoy this easy appetizer recipe for Bleu Cheese and Bacon Dip! For more unbelievably great ideas for chips and dips, please visit my Chip Dip Recipes page.

A little history about Bleu Cheese (or Blue Cheese)

Blue cheese (or bleu cheese) is a general classification of cow’s milk, sheep’s milk, or goat’s milk cheeses that have had Penicillium cultures added so that the final product is spotted or veined throughout with blue, blue-gray or blue-green mold, and carries a distinct smell. Some blue cheeses are injected with spores before the curds form and others have spores mixed in with the curds after they form. Blue cheeses are typically aged in a temperature-controlled environment such as a cave.

In the European Union many blue cheeses such as Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Stilton carry a protected designation of origin, meaning they can bear the name only if they have been made in a particular region in a certain country. Similarly, individual countries have protections of their own such as France’s Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée and Italy’s Denominazione di Origine Protetta.

The characteristic flavor of blue cheeses tends to be sharp and a bit salty. The smell of this food is due to the types of bacteria encouraged to grow on the cheese: for example, the bacterium Brevibacterium linens is responsible for the smell of many blue cheeses. They can be eaten by themselves or can be crumbled or melted over foods. Read more about it at Wikipedia.

*Because I am NOT a photographer by any stretch of the imagination, the photo at the top of this post is courtesy of SouthernLiving.com. Thanks!

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  1. darknight0506 permalink
    November 8, 2011

    You can also substitute for the cream cheese by using the fat-free version OR use Light Laughing Cow cheese. Just unwrap 16 little Laughing Cow cheeses and use it in place of the cream cheese.thanks for sharing this wonderful idea of having bfast.
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  2. kissable permalink
    October 24, 2011

    This is gonna be an effective diet plan appetizer, aside from being so delicious and yummy it is also fat and carb free. Thanks for sharing this blog.
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  3. Pushale permalink
    October 20, 2011

    Hi BusyMoM, I am glad to be here,! I learn some tips from here! Your recipe sounds good, I really appreciate this. Thanks for taking you time t shared this article.
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  4. reelsteel06 permalink
    October 18, 2011

    Even posted a cake recipe awhile ago from David lebovitz that uses both. :) this dip is inspired and would definitely make guests feel cozy before a dinner party! | :P
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  5. October 17, 2011

    I LOVE blue cheese, and LOVE bacon. I don’t know why I’ve never thought of putting the two together. You know what I’m doing this weekend!
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  6. Chrisa permalink
    October 16, 2011

    I love the use of the herbs, cream cheese and of course bacon. This would be a perfect alternative to the traditional chips and dip at a party.
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  7. jellyace5 permalink
    October 14, 2011

    This dip is inspired and would definitely make guests feel cozy before a dinner party! Thanks for sharing this blog.
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  8. naruto0506 permalink
    October 6, 2011

    What a nice and delicious appetizer that you share to us. Thanks for your blog. GREAT! | :P
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  9. LAilain permalink
    September 30, 2011

    You can also substitute for the cream cheese by using the fat-free version OR use Light Laughing Cow cheese. Just unwrap 16 little Laughing Cow cheeses and use it in place of the cream cheese.thanks for sharing this wonderful idea of having bfast.
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  10. maxhine27 permalink
    September 17, 2011

    I think this is something worth trying for. Surely my hubby and the kids well love this blue cheese and bacon dips. Thanks for sharing I was out of recipe to try for the week end.
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  11. Chane permalink
    September 14, 2011

    Yummy, Thanks for mentioning that, i really love to eat bacon hmmmm! Thanks for that tips. :)
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  12. Karen permalink
    August 11, 2011

    just looking at this makes me feel so hungry,..it is so appetizing…and I know I have to book mark this!
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  13. October 20, 2010

    I first read your Bleu Cheese dip and I thought THAT sounded good, and then I saw this and I nearly passed out. Bacon+BC= heaven.

  14. September 20, 2010

    I LOVE bacon and blue cheese, and even posted a cake recipe awhile ago from David lebovitz that uses both. :) this dip is inspired and would definitely make guests feel cozy before a dinner party!
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  15. September 20, 2010

    Sarah…great recipe…especially adding walnuts to make it more nutritional ;o).
    Yes, I do love blue cheese…however, I am extremely selective about the one I use in my recipes. I find it can either enhance or ruin what I make. Thankfully, Hubby is in the Cheese business and I am sometimes blessed with some great samplings ;o)

    Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,
    Claudia
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  16. September 19, 2010

    I’m in the LOVE blue cheese category and am excited to try this. Not a huge bacon fan, but I’ll bet it add a needed depth and flavor to the dip. This is most definitely a must try! And that photo is absolutely perfect! Like a magazine!
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    • September 20, 2010

      Hi Kim, thanks for the comment. Just wanted to clarify one thing. I WISH I was a photographer… I cannot claim to be. I pick photos off the web that show the recipe I’ve posted in the best possible way and then give credit at the end of the post for the photo I’ve borrowed. It’s one of my goals to take a photography class and start taking pictures of my food – but right now, I don’t have enough hours in the day. I always love what you do on your blog, your photos are so beautiful. It’s something to strive for. Thanks again for stopping by.

  17. September 19, 2010

    I am on the fence when it comes to blue cheese. I like blue cheese dressing but if you give me a hunk of the real deal I will more than likely spit it out. With that being said though I like blue cheese in figs and incorporated into dishes and I think that I would really enjoy this dip. I love the use of the herbs, cream cheese and of course bacon. This would be a perfect alternative to the traditional chips and dip at a party.
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    • September 19, 2010

      Thanks for the comment, Kristin. I think one of the things that is so good about the cheese of blue is that it’s sharpness blends so well with different flavors, like figs and bacon! Hopefully, this recipe will get you off the fence! :) Have a great rest of the day.

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