Someone stop me. I’m on a mission to find the most perfect dip in the world and I’ve been testing dips left and right and oh my. I can’t fit into my jeans anymore.
So far on my quest for the perfect dip I’ve come across two serious contenders. Hot Corn Dip and this Cheesy Gooey Bacon-y Bacon Dip. And, yes, if you speak of this dip, that is what you must call it. Because I said so.
How about I stop blabbering and I start showing you how to make this.
You’re going to need 8 slices of bacon, 1-2 cloves of garlic, 2 green onions, 8 ounces cream cheese, 1/3 cup mayo (NOT Miracle Whip!), 8 ounces cheddar cheese, 4 ounces parmesan cheese, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and 4 ritz crackers. Oh, and don’t forget the Ritz Chips for dipping. Or tortilla chips. Or crackers. Or a spoon. Whatever.
We’re gonna start with the good stuff. The bacon. Oh, how I love bacon.
Get out eight slices of regular cut bacon and chop it up fairly small. These bacon chunks are going in the dip, so you dont’ want them too big.
Pop ‘em in a large skillet over medium heat. Don’t worry if your pieces of bacon are all stuck together, they’ll break apart as they start to cook.
Let them cook until they are nice and crisp and then drain all the grease, reserving one tablespoon. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Keep your hands off the bacon. Do not eat the bacon. Keep family members and friends away from the bacon.
(Bacon tends to disappear quickly around here.)
I chopped up three cloves of garlic for this and I have to tell you, it was too much. I happen to love garlic and I think two would have been perfect. If you aren’t a garlic lover, I’d stick to just one clove for this recipe. You could also substitute garlic powder if you wanted, but I think fresh garlic would be best.
Cook the garlic in the reserved bacon grease for just a minute until it gets a bit soft and starts smelling all delicious. Don’t burn your garlic. Burnt garlic is a sin.
While your garlic is cooking, chop up two green onions. Yum. I love green onions.
Well, that’s an awful lot of stuff happening in the above picture, isn’t it? Don’t worry. I’ll walk you through it.
Get your room temperature cream cheese (or just nuke it for a minute) and start stirring it up with 1/3 cup of mayo. Dump in the bacon, green onions, garlic and cayenne pepper. Pile on the cheese. Stir it up and pop it in a 300 degree oven for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and stir it all up. Watch the cheddar cheese change the whole mixture from white to orange! Freaky!
Crumble 4 ritz crackers right on top and stick it back in the oven for ten more minutes.
Oh, look at that. Orange goo with cracker crumbs on top! It’s much tastier than it looks, I promise. It’s delicious. Scrumptious. Horribly fattening and totally worth it.
I served this warm with Ritz Chips, but I have to tell you, those Ritz Chips are ridiculously expensive. I think this would be just as good on regular potato chips, ritz crackers, tortilla chips or, yes, a spoon. This is also good cold, but I preferred it warm.
Cheesy Gooey Bacon-y Bacon Dip
- 8 slices bacon
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 green onions
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/3 cup mayo
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese
- 4 ounces parmesan cheese
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more if you like it spicy)
- 4 ritz crackers, crumbled
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Chop bacon into small pieces and cook over medium heat until crisp. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon grease. Remove bacon to paper towel lined plate.
2. Dice garlic and add to bacon grease. Cook over low heat for about a minute. Do not allow the garlic to brown.
3. Stir together cream cheese and mayo. Mix well. Stir in bacon, chopped green onions, garlic, cheddar and parmesan cheese, and cayenne pepper.
4. Bake for ten minutes. Remove from oven and stir well. Sprinkle crumbled ritz crackers on top and bake for ten more minutes. Serve warm or cold.