Thus far, the cult-ish fad that is Pinterest has done nothing but let me down when it comes to recipes. Everything I've ever tried to make from there has been an epic failure...and I'm a halfway decent cook and can stumble my way around a kitchen. But when I saw a recipe for BLT Dip I thought it sounded too good to pass up. Naturally, I didn't follow the recipe, as is my custom, but took it and ran with it to make my own version. Here, ladies and gentlemen, is the best hot dip...EVER...
1 lb bacon, cooked, drained, crumbled, and divided
1 small onion, diced and sauteed until carmalized
1 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
4 cups shredded cheese (I used Sargento 6 Cheese Italian)*
1 (8 oz) container sour cream**
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pinch Cayenne pepper
4 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
Grape tomatoes, quartered
Crackers/chips for serving
*Note: The original recipe calls for 2 cups shredded mozzarella and 2 cups shredded Fontina cheese but I found this Sargento blend that has both mozzarella AND Fontina cheeses in it along with Provolone, Romano, Asiago, and Parmesean cheeses...AND it's much cheaper to do it this way...the Fontina cheese alone would have been $6.00 but buying 2 bags of this cheese was less than that.
**Note: The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup mayonaise...that's what I did in the recipe I made...however, Ragan and I both agree that the mayo didn't make enough of a difference flavor-wise to warrant having it in the recipe and I'll omit it next time in favor of the entire container of sour cream. See, if you're like me, you don't always have mayo in the fridge (I'm not a huge fan of mayo) so by using the entire container of sour cream you omit an extra ingredient you have to purchase.
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 1 1/2 quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. (I used a smaller rectangle casserole dish).
Set aside 1/2 cup crumbled bacon.
In a large bowl, combine all remaining ingredients except tomatoes and lettuce. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
Sprinkle with chopped tomatoes, lettuce, and remaining bacon.
Serve immediately with chips and crackers.