Bacon Jalapeno Dip

I love Food Network Magazine.  OK, I admit, some of the articles can be a little on the cheesy side…but what I do love is that it’s packed full of recipes. It’s next to impossible not to find at least one thing that you’re dying to try every month. You really feel like you’re really getting your money’s worth.
Every issue also includes a little pamphlet insert of 50 additional recipes of a certain theme…be it mashed potatoes, pizza, cookies…you name it.
This month’s issue included the totally fitting “50 Super Bowl Snack Recipes”.  As I skimmed the teeny print of the small pamphlet, my eyes instantly honed in on this recipe for {Bacon-Jalapeno Dip}. Oh, Food Network, you know me all too well. 

Did I mention this recipe also includes two of my favorite cheeses…cream cheese and cheddar cheese?  Oh yeah, and maybe the most ultimate ingredient of all time…bacon…drippings. I mean, why would you ever let perfectly good bacon drippings go to waste?

Bacon-Jalapeno Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened at room temperature
2 cups shredded cheddar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
4 slices chopped cooked bacon
1 tablespoon bacon drippings
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
2 thinly sliced jalapenos
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon olive oil

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, drizzle the panko bread crumbs with olive oil. Toss until coated.

In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients.  Poor into a baking dish and top with the breadcrumbs.

Bake until golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes.

I served this with sliced baguette…and, just to pretend we were being a little healthy, “carrot chips” (peeled carrots cut on the diagonal).
Five of us girls woofed this down in no time so I would definitely recommend doubling, or even tripling the recipe for larger groups. Anything with bacon in it will be the first thing your guests will tear through…it’s like an unspoken rule or something…
More Super Bowl recipes coming your way next week…
Have a great weekend!


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