Cheesy Bacon Bean Dip

Football lovers rejoice! The Super Bowl is almost here. I don’t know about you, but I look forward to the big game. On top of the fact that its arrival ushers out the long, cold month of January (it’s only 31 days, but I swear it feels twice that long), I also find that it provides me with an excuse to create some seriously satiating appetizers.

I’ve been toying with the idea of a bean dip for some time now. While there’s always freedom to experiment with flavors, a couple of requirements were necessary for this endeavor straight out of the gate:

  • It had to be hot because, let’s be honest, hot dip rocks.
  • It had to be cheesy because, well, I myself am a bit cheesy (this girl does love her Wisconsin dairy).
  • Last, but most definitely not least, it needed to be crudité worthy, therefore satisfying my veggie intake needs for the day.

Well, get ready, because I achieved all three goals and scored a two-point conversion in the process with the bonus addition of protein-charged beans to the mix. The final result is flavorful football fare that will leave you and your guests filled and content.

Kick off your Super Bowl party right by cooking up a couple slices of fresh-cut bacon. When the bacon is crisp and hot, remove it from the pan and chop. Reserving a teaspoon or two of the grease, slide your heat dial to medium and drop in a bit of diced onion and fresh garlic.

Sear it up for a minute or two and then toss in a can of rinsed and drained cannellini beans.

Swirl around the pan for a couple moments allowing them the opportunity to heat up.  Dial the heat back down to medium low and stir in a bit of sour cream (light is ok), mayo, and one of the two chopped bacon slices.  Transfer the hot mixture to a food processor and spin until smooth.

Finally, drop in a few handfuls of pepper jack cheese, a pinch or two of Parmesan and a few choice flavor enhancers including oregano, Worcestershire and hot pepper (to taste).  Add salt if needed and sprinkle the remaining chopped bacon and a little green onion over the top.

Even if your team doesn’t make it to the big game this year, you can be assured that between the clever commercials and the over-abundance of pigskin-dedicated fare, you’ll finish the evening with a satiated appetite and, if you’re lucky, a coveted Super Bowl win.

And if not, there’s always next year.

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Cheesy Bacon Bean Dip

Yield: About 2 Cups of Dip

Total Time: 25 min

Ingredients:

2 Slices Bacon
1/4 Onion Chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 15 Oz. Cannellini Beans, Rinsed and Drained
1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
3/4 Cup Shredded Pepper Jack
3 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp Worcestershire
1/4 tsp Oregano
A Few Drops Hot Pepper, to Taste
Optional Garnish: 1 Green Onion, Chopped

Directions:

Cook up the two bacon slices until crisped and brown. Pull out and chop.

Reserve a teaspoon or two of the grease and on medium heat, brown up the onion and garlic.

Add in the beans and stir around for a minute or two to heat them up.

Turn the heat down to medium low and add in the broth, sour cream, mayo and one of the chopped bacon slices.

Transfer the mixture to a food processor and blend until smooth.

Pour back into the pan and add in the cheeses, Worcestershire, oregano and hot pepper. Add salt if needed.

Garnish with the remaining bacon and a chopped green onion. Serve with crudités and pita chips and/or a hunky loaf of fresh baked bread.

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15 Responses to “Cheesy Bacon Bean Dip”

  1. 1

    Sanjeeta kk — January 20, 2012 @ 4:34 am

    I like the idea of bean dip for super bowl party..hubby is a huge fan of football and this would be a great accompaniment … might try the same with soybeans.

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    Sorta Southern Single Mom — January 20, 2012 @ 6:37 am

    Oh wow! That’s it, just Oh Wow!

  3. 3

    Beth — January 20, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    I love watching the Super Bowl, regardless of who’s in it. This dip looks like a winner!

  4. 4

    Katerina — January 20, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    The dip I am sure will satisfy even the most demanding football fans! Although i am not a fan of this game, or of any game for that matter, I would gladly submerge my crostinis into this delicious dip!

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    Jenna — January 20, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    I agree, a hot dip always wins over any other kind. And anything with bacon always wins too . . . so this is a double winner!

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    anne — January 20, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    while we’ll still have a super bowl party-eventhough the packers won’t be playing-this may have to make into the food list-sounds super delish!! anne

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    Arturo Feliz-Camilo — January 20, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    Great idea! I’ll use this dip in our next party! LOVE beans!

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    Rita — January 20, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

    Love this kind of recipe; healthy and tasty. Would love to give this one a try.
    Rita

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    grace — January 21, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

    i’m so glad you used pepper jack; after all, it’s the best cheese in the world. this is a great dish for those eager new dieters out there… :)

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    MSRheinlander — January 22, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    As usual this look YUMMY!!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — January 22, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    I love bean dips — perfect snack and thank heaven this calls for pepper jack. Love it even more :D

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    Ma What's For Dinner — January 23, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    I am soooo going to make this for Superbowl this year!!! Go Patriots!!!

  13. 13

    Rach — January 23, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

    Oh yum!

  14. 14

    Jen-Eighty MPH Mom — January 25, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

    Oh yum!

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    Jan — January 25, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    I’m pretty sure that I’d sit through a football game if it involved this dip. Yeah. Definitely.

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