Thursday, January 5, 2012

Cheddar Bacon Dip

Referred to by some tailgaters as "crack dip" because they find it irresistible, this sour cream and mayonnaise dip, made with Ranch dressing mix, shredded cheddar and bacon, is a sure winner.

Cheddar Bacon Dip

Now y'all know I love my my dips, though I'm probably a bit more endeared to hot dips than I am cold ones, but with The Big Game coming up, I thought it'd be nice to get this favorite up on the site.

This one is a little bit in line with the old school onion dip we all seem to love - the primary base background coming from sour cream and a little bit of mayonnaise. That's a good start, right? Include some Ranch dressing mix and a little bit of garlic powder for seasoning, a dash or three of hot sauce, some shredded cheese - I prefer very finely shredded cheddar cheese myself - and some bacon! What's not to love about all that?

Kind of like Mississippi Sin, tailgaters of various teams have adopted this recipe as their own team dip, often referring to it as "crack" or "crack dip," but I think that title has already been taken. I'm not a fan of that expression personally, so I don't know about all that, but it is quite a tasty cold dip and worthy of an addition to the dip hall of fame here at Deep South Dish.

One word of warning though - don't be tempted to add in any salt or salt based seasonings because between the packaged Ranch, the bacon, and the cheese, there is plenty of sodium already present. My favorite way to enjoy this dip is with corn chips or tortilla chips, though remember that is just another level of saltiness! Ay-iii!

This recipe makes roughly 2-1/2 cups of dip, so if you're having a large gathering, you may want to double it. It is also tasty with some seeded, chopped and well drained tomatoes added - just make sure that they are dry before you stir them in, and wait to add them just before serving.

Here's how to make it.

Recipe: Cheddar Bacon Dip

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Inactive time: 24 hours | Yield: About 2-1/2 cups

  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1-1/2 cups of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 envelope of dry ranch salad dressing mix (like Hidden Valley)
  • 2 cups of very finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • Dash of garlic powder
  • Couple dashes of hot sauce, optional
  • Chips, crackers and/or assorted fresh vegetables

Mix everything except chips or crackers together, cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight to allow the dip to thicken and the flavors to mellow a bit. Serve this with corn or tortilla chips, crackers or an assortment of fresh vegetables.

Variation: Add in 1/2 pint of cherry or grape tomatoes, seeded, drained, chopped and patted dry. Add in just before serving.

Hot Bacon Cheddar Dip: Mix ingredients together as above, adding one (8 ounce) block of softened cream cheese. Transfer to a shallow baking dish. Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 20 minutes, or until heated through and bubbly and top is golden brown.


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