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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Cooking with Banshee: Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip.  With a name like that, I probably don't need any more intro, but this dip is even better than it sounds.  I have served it to friends with refined pallets and friends with bar room pallets.  Both sets of friends loved it.  I originally found this recipe on Hidden Valley's website.  This version contains a few additions and tweaks.

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip

16 oz container of sour cream
11 oz packet of ranch dip mix
1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
8 slices of bacon, diced
1 bunch fresh chives, chopped

Dice the bacon and cook in a skillet until crisp.  Remove from the grease and set aside to cool.  Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl.  Mix well.  Fold the bacon into the sour cream mixture.  Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.  Serve with potato chips or vegetables.

Suggestions and Tips:
When it comes to making game day fare, I do not usually advocate skimping on the calories.  However, light sour cream is perfect in this dip.  Since this recipe came from Hidden Valley, it calls for a packet of Hidden Valley brand ranch dip.  I have always used that brand.  A different brand may have a different taste.  It is important for both texture and taste that the cheese be very finely shredded.  Therefore, I buy the prepackaged cheese for this recipe.

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