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Goat Cheese-Bacon Dip

Total time 56 mins
Yield Makes 12 to 15 servings
Crisp pear slices are the perfect vehicle for this indulgent dip recipe. Creamy goat cheese and salty bacon combine to make a knockout appetizer recipe.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 7 bacon slices, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • Pear slices, toasted baguette slices, and assorted crackers

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in single layer in a shallow pan 6 to 8 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring after 3 minutes.

  2. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 10 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Add minced garlic to hot drippings, and sauté 1 minute.

  3. Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add half-and-half, beating until combined. Stir in bacon, garlic, goat cheese, and thyme. Spoon mixture into 4 (1-cup) baking dishes or 1 (1-qt.) baking dish.

  4. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Sprinkle with pecans; serve with pear slices, toasted baguette slices, and assorted crackers.