This is a great appetizer. It is great served with a rich Cabernet.
Warm Blue Cheese, Bacon and Garlic Dip
Makes 2 Cups
7 slices bacon, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup half-and-half
4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled (one cup)
2 T chopped fresh chives
3 T chopped smoked almonds (one oz.)
Cook bacon in skillet over medium-high heat until almost crisp, about 7 minutes. Drain excess fat from skillet. Add garlic and cook until bacon is crisp, about 3 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add half-and-half and mix until combined. Stir in bacon mixture, blue cheese, and chives. Transfer to 2-cup ovenproof serving dish and cover with foil.
Bake until thoroughly heated, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped almonds.
Serve with sliced apples, toasted pita crisps, or French bread.