So you've been cooking, cleaning, wrapping, entertaining, cooking, cleaning and napping, etc. and now New Year's Eve is creeping upon you and you need a little something different to take to a soiree or two. Here's a cheesy, bacon-y bowl of addicting goodness. So easy even my huband can whip this up all by himself!
7 slices bacon, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened (reduced fat is fine)
1/3 cup half-and-half, heavy cream, or Greek yogurt
1-2 dashes hot sauce
4 - 6 oz crumbled blue cheese (depending on how strong your cheese is)
2 Tbs chopped fresh chives
salt and pepper to taste
crackers, for serving
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the bacon in a skillet until browned and crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Pour off all but about 1 tsp fat, and add the garlic. Saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the bacon (reserve a small amount for garnish), garlic, half-and-half, blue cheese, hot sauce and chives. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into a lightly greased serving dish, and bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden and bubbly. Garnish with reserved bacon and allow to cool slightly before serving. Serve with crackers.
Adapted from Southern Living, December 2004