Friday, February 15, 2013

Roasted Garlic Bacon Dip

Sometimes you make a recipe and it surprises you. Then there are other times when you end up with exactly what you expected. This was one of those times. I expected lots of luscious mellow roasted garlic flavor melded with salty, smoky bacon and a hint of pungence from the chives and scallions - all enveloped in a blend of creamy mayo and sour cream. And that's exactly what I got. Loved it!

Yield: 2 ½ cups

3 heads garlic, left whole and unpeeled
6 slices bacon
1 1/2 cups sour cream
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped chives
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1.      Heat oven to 400º F.
2.      Cut just enough off the tops of the garlic heads to expose the cloves. Rub each head with olive oil and wrap in foil (or place in a ramekin and cover with foil). Roast until tender and golden, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
3.      While the garlic roasts, lay the bacon strips on a sheet pan and bake at the same temp. for 15 to 20 minutes, or until bacon is very crispy. Blot on paper towels. Once cooled, finely chop.
4.      Once the garlic is cool enough to hold, squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of their skins.
5.      Combine roasted garlic and bacon with the remaining ingredients and season to taste.

barely adapted from

roasted garlic
crispy bacon
all ingredients
roasted garlic bacon dip

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