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Bacon, Cream Cheese and Horseradish Dip

Bacon, Cream Cheese and Horseradish Dip 2.750
Jun 23, 2010

Cookbook author James Villas says bacon finds its way into many Southern cocktail dips and spreads. This recipe calls for corncob-smoked bacon, which has a more assertive flavor than bacon that is applewood-smoked. We ordered it online from Dakin Farm of Vermont ( and love its deep smokiness; of course, you can substitute applewood-smoked bacon.

Serve with crackers.

Make Ahead: This is best made the same day it is served. The dip needs at least 1 hour's refrigeration before serving (or up to 4 hours).

Servings: 2.75 cups
  • 6 thick slices corncob-smoked or applewood-smoked bacon (see headnote)
  • 16 ounces cream cheese (may use low-fat but not nonfat), at room temperature
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 30 to 40 stems chives, minced (2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish (not red)
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon (1 tablespoon)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Line a plate with a few layers of paper towels.

Fry the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until it has crisped. Transfer to the paper-towel-lined plate to drain.

Meanwhile, combine the cream cheese and half-and-half in a mixing bowl until well incorporated and somewhat smooth. Add the chives, horseradish, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce; mix well.

Crumble the bacon into fine bits, then add to the bowl, stirring to incorporate. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours before serving.

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Adapted from Villas's "Pig: King of the Southern Table" (Wiley, 2010).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per tablespoon serving (using low-fat cream cheese): 60

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 5g 8%

Saturated Fat: 3g 15%

Cholesterol: 10mg 3%

Sodium: 85mg 4%

Total Carbohydrates: 1g 0%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 2g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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