The holidays are about get-togethers, and get-togethers often include dip. Today’s recipe – Pampered Chef’s Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Dip – is one of my favorites. I first made it waaaay back when (2002? Eek!), and I decided to pull the recipe out for last month’s game day-themed gourmet club meeting. As always, it was a hit!
Here’s the recipe if you’d like to try it:
Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Dip
Yields approximately 2 1/2 cups of dip
Prep time: 15 min. | Chill time: 3 hours
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
1 medium tomato, seeded and diced (about 3/4 cup)
6 bacon slices, crisply cooked, drained and chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon sugar
Bread or crackers for serving
Place cream cheese in a medium bowl. Gradually stir in dressing; mix well
Remove seeds from tomato and dice it. Reserve 1 tablespoon for garnish. Finely chop bacon, celery, and onion. Add tomato, bacon, celery, onion, and sugar to cream cheese mixture; mix well. Cover; refrigerate at least 3 hours to allow flavors to blend.
To serve, line a bowl with lettuce leaves. Fill with dip. Garnish with reserved tomato. Serve with bread, crackers, or crudités.
Source: Pampered Chef’s Celebrate!
Bacon flavor and general creamy goodness is enough to bring this to the top of my list, but I especially love it because it’s easy, it can be made ahead, and it can be made with light ingredients. (I used real bacon – although turkey bacon would work – with light ranch and light cream cheese.) So. So. Good. Try it for your next holiday gathering or game day party!