Thursday, August 12, 2010

Swiss and Bacon Dip

There isn't much I can say about this dip besides the fact that it is good, really good. The combination of Swiss cheese, bacon, and smoked almonds is delicious. It is also a very "manly" dip. With football season only a few short weeks away, this is the perfect dip to be served on football watching days (Go EAGLES!). If football isn't your "thing", and you are more into book club meetings and a glass of Chardonnay, well then you are in luck as well since this dip tastes fantastic for any kind of entertaining.

The dip is made very quickly by mixing cooked bacon bits with cream cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, scallions, and of course Swiss cheese. The dish is then baked until golden and bubbly. Then, right before serving, it is topped with chopped smoked almonds. Easy enough, even my teenager could make this. You can also kick this recipe up a notch by adding a couple of teaspoons horseradish into the mixture before baking. I made sure to only add almonds down the middle of the dip since not everyone cares for them, and this gave people an option to choose with or without nuts.

I served this dip with fresh baguette slices and carrots, but any kind of cracker, flat-bread, or crostini would be wonderful served along side. This dip was very well received with everyone who tried it, and has now gotten a permanent spot in my recipe file. I know I will be making this recipe a lot in the coming months, especially considering all of the entertaining events fall will bring. I really hope you will give this dish a try, it is truly a wonderful combination that you don't want to miss out on!

Swiss and Bacon Dip
(adapted from Rachael Ray)
(Printable Recipe)


8 slices center cut bacon, chopped
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 rounded teaspoons prepared Dijon style mustard
2 rounded teaspoons horseradish (optional)
1 1/2 cups Swiss Cheese, shredded
3 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup smoked almonds, coarsely chopped
Baby carrots and a selection of breads or crackers for dipping


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Brown bacon in nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Drain crisp bacon bits on paper towels.

In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, horseradish (if using), Swiss cheese, and scallions with cooked bacon. Transfer to a shallow small casserole or baking dish and bake until golden and bubbly at edges, 15 to 18 minutes. Top with chopped smoked almonds. Place dip on a platter and surround warm casserole with breads and carrots for dipping.


  1. Bacon. Cheese. Smoked almonds. Sounds absolutely delicious.

  2. Oh my. I really need to try this sometime, I don't need the calories...but my tastebuds need to experience this!

  3. Koestlich. Sieht ja auch sehr kalorienarm aus.
    I will definetly try this one. Danke ,Susi.

  4. This looks way too good! I'm definitely going to copy this one, but I'm going to make sure I make it to take somewhere to share. Otherwise I'm afraid I'll eat the entire dish! I have no willpower when it comes to bacon and cheese.

  5. This sounds incredibly rich and delicious! I'm going to bookmark it for the holidays!

  6. Oh man! This looks so good. And I love your idea of putting the almonds down the middle for people who don't like nuts . . . although I am not one of those people. :)

  7. Oh wow does this dip sound delicious! I think I'd like it with the horseradish like you mentioned in your post.

  8. that looks awesome! Good thing you posted this, I needed another dip recipe cause I made your queso dip and my sister who is visiting ate it ALL! She's pregnant, and can't stand the smell of bacon at the moment, so this dip will be all mine! :):)

  9. Sounds great! I'll have to try this during football season.

  10. A hot cheesy dip with bacon....mmm...


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