Bacon Gouda Cheese Dip
I woke up the other day with visions of bacon dancing in my head. Really. The day before I had snagged an excellent deal on Indiana Kitchen sliced bacon from Meijer and I bought a ‘few’ packages with the intention of using it on Christmas.
Combine that with the fact that I needed a dip to go with a raw vegetable platter and bacon Gouda cheese dip was born. This isn’t a complicated recipe at all but I do suggest you use a food processor to put it all together. The consistency is just better.
This dip isn’t what I would call a ‘healthy recipe’ but you are also not eating the whole bowl. You can make substitutions by using a low fat cream cheese and get the same results. I have made this twice now and both ways came out perfectly. Surprisingly though- I only have this one photo- forgive the lack of food styling and lighting. I mean seriously- this is a cheese dip with bacon. I think you get the idea!
But if you don’t have one, and I can certainly understand if you don’t as I only recently got one, you will need to approach this recipe a slightly different way. Start with very soft cream cheese (room temperature is fine), finely chop your shallot and garlic, and crumble your bacon to a very small piece size. Then blending it all in a large bowl will be a snap.
Please let me know if you make this. We enjoyed it with raw veggies but it is also delicious (and oh so naughty) with chips. I can’t say for sure because I didn’t try that combo (yes, yes I did and it was divine!).
I used a pre-shredded Gouda in this recipe because frankly- I was too lazy to shred it. Feel free to shred yours. The results will be the same.