Cook chopped bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat 10 minutes or until crisp. Drain bacon, and set aside. Add minced garlic to skillet, and sauté 1 minute.
Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add half-and-half, beating until combined. Stir in bacon, garlic, blue cheese, and chives. Spoon mixture evenly into 4 (1-cup) individual baking dishes.
Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Sprinkle evenly with chopped walnuts, and serve with grape clusters and flatbread or assorted crackers.
I made this for the first time last night for a good friend's birthday get together. She is a blue cheese lover. It was a huge hit and everyone wanted the recipe. I did make a few changes based on some of the reviews. I added an additional garlic clove, a shallot, 2 additional slices of bacon and 2 more ounces of blue cheese. It was perfect and a non blue cheese eater at the party loved it. My friend made me promise to always bring this dish to our parties.
I made this on Valentines for my hubby and I. Very good recipe. You'd hardly know there was bacon in it as all the flavors really melded together. I don't think the blue cheese overpowered the dip. It never did 'bubble' in the oven so I took it out after 20 minutes when it was starting to brown. As someone else mentioned, I think it would be great with fruit & veggies. I served with wafer crackers and it immediately made them soft, went better with crisper crackers.
Definitely needs to be served with grapes, apples and veggies. I thought it was too heavy with crackers and breads. I Loved it with grapes and celery. Everyone loved this dip and they all took home the recipe. This was super easy to make and had enough uniqueness for me to take from party to party w/o slaving in the kitchen all day. I made it the night before, for a practice run and then used the leftovers to stuff mushrooms with. I also used gorgonzola and mine turned out great. I love this recipe!!
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