Goat Cheese-Bacon Dip

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.

Yield:

Makes 12 to 15 servings

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Recipe Time

Total: 56 Minutes

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

Preparation

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.

Note:

December 2009