Blue Cheese Dip
Baked Blue Cheese Dip – a creamy cheese dip recipe with bacon and lots of blue cheese. Warm, gooey, and great for parties!
Do you remember when I made Rosemary Roasted Olives a few weeks ago? I made those olives as my appetizer pairing to go with Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut wine. Today I am back with another pairing.
And you want to know why? Because this weekend I got to be a judge for the Glorious Bites Denver semi-finals event! There is some serious talent out there for creating recipes that pair well with sparkling wine. So beyond your average cheese and cracker tray.
Here was what was on the menu this weekend!
Denver Semi-Final Competitors:
- Lidia Haddadian, Pasadena, CA with Smokey Fondue Bites with Shallot & Cherrywood Bacon Jam
- Sophia Rubin-Davis, Seattle, WA with Chevre Dumplings
- Alisa Sever, Scottsdale, AZ with Cold-smoked salmon with preserved lemon, mustard dill sauce and pumpernickel crumbs
- April Timboe, Siloam Springs, AR with Tandoori Shrimp Falafel with Lemony Mint Yogurt Sauce and Pickled Red Onions
Any guesses on what you would pick to win? We judged on Originality, Appearance, Pairing, and Taste. It was a tough competition! But the winner was: The Tandoori Shrimp Falafel!!
I have to say everything was amazing. I was very nervous, because I am a picky eater and have never judged a cooking event. But the contestants all were incredible. Only one person had anything to do with food as their real life. The rest are just home cooks, and they knocked it out of the park! 30 minutes, all these people watching…no idea how they did it!
The finals for the Glorious Bites Challenge take place on Saturday the 14th. So the winner from each city will go on and compete for $5,000. I am so honored that I was selected to be a part of this and help judge. All of the contestants deserved to be there, and I hope they continue to cook and enter more competitions in the future.
I didn’t get to enter the competition, and after seeing what the contestants came up with, I know I wouldn’t have stood a chance. But this Baked Blue Cheese Dip is a good pairing none the less. It is super easy to make and definitely a hit with any blue cheese lover. My husband would pretty much each the whole dish in one sitting if I let him.
You can pretty much make a cheese dip with any kind of cheese you want. Baked Goat Cheese Dip is something my family devours as well. So I thought why not mix it up and go for blue cheese.
If you are having a get together with wine and appetizers, this blue cheese dip is the perfect thing to make. Or try one of the finalists recipes, they were all delicious. Learning how to make cheese dip will make you a hit with all of your friends! This one is simple, just mix all of the ingredients together and bake!
- 1 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- 5 oz blue cheese crumbles
- 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 tsp garlic
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix together cream cheese, sour cream and garlic until smooth. Gently fold in bacon and blue cheese crumbles.
- Pour into an oven safe dish and bake for 20-25 minutes until bubbly and hot
- Top with green onions and more bacon if desired.
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Amount Per ServingCalories 247 Total Fat 22g Saturated Fat 13g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 7g Cholesterol 65mg Sodium 398mg Carbohydrates 4g Fiber 0g Sugar 2g Protein 8g
** This post is sponsored by Gloria Ferrer. All thought and opinions are 100% my own.