This is our friend Geeven.
No, not the little blondie on the motorcycle (which, by the way is as close as she’ll EVER get to driving one). The guy behind her. Geeven is one of our best pals. He’s cute. He’s funny. He’s got that bad-boy motorcycle thing goin’ on. And ladies, he’s single!
But that’s beside the point. The thing is, Geeven loves bacon. He thinks it should be considered a food group. He loves it so much, in fact, that every year his birthday is christened “Bacon Day.” Friends come from all over, make a bacon-related dish, and toast Geeven on another trip around the sun. This year the table was strewn with chocolate-covered bacon, bacon maple ice cream, chocolate bacon croissants, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, spicy bacon bloody mary’s, and even bacon water. I wouldn’t recommend the last one.
When it comes to bacon dishes, I’m a bit of a traditionalist. I don’t think bacon should be where it doesn’t belong (i.e. in water), and I don’t ever want to sacrifice flavor for creativity. Call me crazy. So I opted to create a savory bacon dip with a hint of blue cheese.
To make it, you’ll need bacon, garlic, blue cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise.
Begin by slicing the bacon…
…and mincing the garlic.
Fry the bacon together with the garlic until crisp. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and let cool completely.
Toss the sour cream, mayo, blue cheese and bacon pieces into the bowl of your food processor. Reserve a few blue cheese and bacon crumbles for topping the dip.
Blend until smooth. It may take a few minutes to get most of the bacon chunks pureed. I doubt you’ll need salt, but a few grinds of pepper can’t hurt. Season to taste, puree again, and stick in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.
Serve topped with a few crumbles of cheese and bacon. I like to serve dips this way—it gives guests a hint as to what’s in the dip so it’s not just some mystery bowl of goo.
For Bacon Day I served it alongside hunks of crusty sourdough bread, but veggies or crackers would also do nicely.
It certainly wasn’t the most creative dish at the party, but I think I’ve established a new entertaining staple. It’s rich, yes, but you could make it lighter by using low-fat sour cream, low-fat mayo and turkey bacon (just don’t tell Geeven).
Happy birthday, Geeves. May this year be filled with fun, good cheer, and lots and lots of bacon.
Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip printable pdf
Serve this savory dip alongside crusty bread, vegetables or crackers. It’s a must for your next party!
Prep Time: 10 minutes. Cook Time: 10 minutes plus 1 hour of refrigeration. Yield: 1 1/2 cups of dip.
- 3-4 slices bacon
- 2 cloves garlic
- 8 oz sour cream
- 1/4 c mayonnaise (I like olive oil based mayo, but use whatever you prefer)
- 2 oz crumbled blue cheese
- pepper to taste (salt too if you like, but I find it doesn’t need it)