Cranberry bacon cheese dip is perfect appetizer recipe to bring to any party, holiday, or celebration!
Why, you might ask?
Well… it takes only minutes to throw together, you can make it ahead of time and chill in the fridge, and it’s served at room temperature so no need to warm anything up.
Plus it’s absolutely delicious and a little unique compared to some other cold appetizers or cheese dips.
How to make cranberry bacon cheese dip
First set a skillet over medium heat and cut a whole pound of bacon into bite sized pieces right into the skillet.
I love using my kitchen scissors so making the bacon is a little easier.
The bacon will take about 7 to 8 minutes total, stirring it a few times.
While the bacon is cooking you can combine two blocks of room temperature cream cheese, two cups of shredded cheese, 1 1/4 cups mayo, and a bag of dried cranberries in a bowl.
For the seasoning add a packet of dry ranch seasoning, garlic and onion powder, and some old Bay seasoning.
When the bacon is cooked, drain it on paper towels to absorb the excess grease.
Then add the bacon to the bowl and stir until evenly combined.
This does take a few minutes, it helps when the cream cheese is at room temperature.
I honestly have the best luck just using the back of a kitchen spoon.
You can serve this dip right away but I like to let it sit in the fridge for a few hours so all the flavors come together.
Serve cranberry bacon cheese dip cold or at room temperature with crackers
I served mine with Ritz crackers at a football party and it was a huge hit with everyone!
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Cranberry Bacon Cheese Dip
Cranberry Bacon Cheese Dip is a very simple cold appetizer perfect to bring to any party, holiday, or celebration served on crackers
- 1 pound bacon
- 2 8 oz blocks cream cheese at room temp
- 2 cups shredded cheese of choice (I used Mexican blend)
- 1 1/4 cups mayo
- 1 6 oz bag dried cranberries
- 1 packet dry ranch seasoning
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
- Optional: a few dashes of hot sauce
- crackers for serving (I used Ritz)
Set a skillet over medium heat and use kitchen scissors to cut the bacon into bite size pieces directly into the skillet. Cook the bacon 7 to 8 minutes stirring a few times remove and place on paper towels to drain excess grease.
While the bacon is cooling put the cream cheese, shredded cheese, Mayo, dried cranberries, dry ranch seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, old bay seasoning, and hot sauce if using into a bowl.
Add the bacon and stir until evenly mixed, this may take a minute or two to come together so be patient.
Chill this dip until ready to serve and when ready serve with crackers.