Written on September 25, 2013 at 8:30 am , by Kristin Porter
Well it’s officially fall, and with the season of crunchy leaves and cooler temps comes televised football games on what feels like every day that ends in -y. The games are on so often at my house that the roar of the crowd has practically become soothing white noise for my 2 month-old son! I kid. (Kind of!)
Even if I’m not as excited by the constant kickoffs as my husband, there’s one thing I can get into – yummy, football-friendly appetizers like Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon. This decadent dip featuring tender artichoke hearts, chewy spinach, smokey bacon, and tangy blue cheese is the ultimate game-day treat. Perfect for dipping into at halftime or all game long.
Smokey bacon is what takes this otherwise ordinary spinach-artichoke dip and makes it extraordinary. I bought thick, center-cut bacon and let it sizzle low and slow over medium heat in my favorite cast-iron skillet until it was crisp yet still chewy. The kitchen smelled mouthwatering.
The bacon is combined with the usual spin-art-dip players like light mayo, cream cheese, artichoke hearts, and spinach, then further amped up by the addition of tangy bleu cheese crumbles. Normally I’m not the biggest fan of blue cheese but the addition actually scored major points with me. It combined with the other flavors so deliciously!
The recipe calls for cooking the dip in a small crock pot, but kickoff was less than an hour away when I made this for my husband and me to enjoy. So, I scooped the mixture into a baking dish then topped it with grated parmesan cheese and baked it at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Perfect! Salty, savory, decadent. The ultimate game-day dip!