Monday, October 6, 2008

Cheesy Bacon Artichoke Party Dip

College football season is officially underway and I am sure by the time I get this posted the NFL season will be in full swing as well. We love football, weather at the Coliseum enjoying our fifth season of USC season tickets, or watching the NFL with friends all Sunday long. I especially love football because it's one of those things that is all about eating, yelling and togetherness!!
We made our way over to a friends house to watch the first USC game of the season at the end of August and I brought this dip (last time I brought the CRACK DIP, and this went just as fast and was very, very yummy.)

I did also make a super simple salad (with cucumber, tomato and loads of avocado so I wasn't just bringing something totally awful health wise).

This was for a group of 8-10
Cheesy Bacon Artichoke Dip~
2 8oz packages of cream cheese, softened to room temperature.
1/2 cup mayo
1 1/4 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4-5 finely chopped green onions
10 pieces of bacon
1 6.5 ounce jar of artichoke hearts, drained chopped (use a few paper towels to really press/ remove the moisture/oil)
2-3 cloves chopped garlic
black pepper, to taste
a pinch of cayenne pepper
Ritz Crackers (buy a WHOLE box- you're gonna use them!)

Spread a piece of foil over a cookie sheet, place the bacon on the cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until crisp but not burnt...remove cooked bacon to a plate covered in paper towel and cover with more paper towel to remove as much grease as possible- let cool then crumble/ chop into bits for use in the dip.

Using a hand mixer blend the cream cheese and mayo until smooth. Add the shredded cheeses, onions, bacon, artichoke, garlic, cayenne and pepper. Stir all with a spatula or the hand mixer until well combined. Spread in a corning wear or other baking/serving dish and top generously with crushed Ritz crackers.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
(this can also be made a day before, put the mix in baking dish, DO NOT top with crackers, cover and refrigerate) Top with crackers before baking and add about 15-20 additional minutes to baking time.

Serve with crackers and sourdough bread


ashley said...

this looks good!

Erin said...

This looks so good- perfect for football season! I'll have to make it to enjoy while watching Clemson football games this fall!

Melanie said...

I'm a sucker for great dips and this looks awesome. Perfect for football season which is in full swing at our house.

Colleen said...

Oh WOW, this is getting made for our first football party of the season!

Haley said...

What a great party dip! A dip with bacon couldn't be more perfect for a testosterone-filled football event!

We would love to feature your recipe on our blog and possibly on the first ever digital recipe reader!! If interested email me at

Colleen said...

Hi Beth! Colleen here again - i wanted to let you know that I finally made this this weekend (no picture though since my camera is all but broken)and I am going to post tomorrow. I was just making you didn't have a problem with that since this is your own recipe...I have already posted your garlic, sausage, and cheese bites too so I hope I did them justice!
If it's not ok, can you let me know at

Colleen said...

Ok here is my third comment on this post - haha. I just posted this because I couldn't wait to share it with everyone!