Hot Bacon and Cheese Dip -A favorite at holiday family gatherings or any time of year!
This week I shared one of my favorite dips on IndyStyle. I chose this particular hot bacon and cheese dip because I have never met anyone who didn’t like it and it is THE perfect dip for holiday gatherings and even tailgating! One thing though: my traditional recipe uses mayonnaise and I don’t know about you but I can make a meal out of a good dip. So to lighten this up just a bit I used one of my go-to dairy substitutions: Greek yogurt.
Now before you get all worried- there is no shortage of creamy, cheesy flavor in this dip. I really think once you use Greek yogurt (PLAIN not vanilla 🙂 ) in place of more calorie or fat laden ingredients you will appreciate it more. It binds your ingredients together, adds a great tangy flavor and makes you feel just a bit better about eating a dip that has bacon and cheese in the title. Besides- it’s not like you are eating the whole dish of hot bacon and cheese dip. Ok, I might. Don’t judge me, it really is that good!
I learned a few months ago, while on a grocery store tour with Indiana Dairy, that there are many ways to make healthy substitutions in my traditional recipes while still maintaining flavor. Plus- I am always looking for ways to get in more calcium! A great way to boost the flavor of a meal is to use browned butter to saute a simple pork chop. Check out these awesome browned butter pork chops with Mizithra cheese!
Now on to that hot bacon and cheese dip! Have you ever eaten something that is so good you just need someone to take it away form you because you have lost all self control? Well- that is what happens when you eat this dip. It’s creamy, it’s a bit spicy, it has bacon- need I say more? I served this up on the set of IndyStyle with flat pretzels, Toufayan pitas and sliced red peppers. You know, because we wanted to appear to be healthy 🙂
Watch our fun little segment HERE:
When I made this yesterday I used small containers of Greek yogurt, cream cheese (be sure it’s softened), canned diced green chilies, sharp cheddar, panko bread crumbs, crumbled bacon (go ahead and buy the pre-cooked crumbles I won’t tell), Best Boy & Co Redhead Hot Sauce and pepper jack cheese instead of hand shredded monterrey jack. They are the same cheese just one has a bit of jalapeno in it. Use what you can find and afford. I promise the food police won’t come knocking on your door!
Have you ever had hot bacon and cheese dip?
This post was brought to you in partnership with Indiana Dairy. All opinions are my own.