I LOVE GOAT CHEESE. Did you get that? If you didn’t read it in an Oprah voice, it’s ok, but go back and try it again.
I LOVE GOAT CHEESE.
(cue spirit fingers and that fabulous Oprah GIF that is always floating around facebook)
Much like Oprah, I also love bread, but if I had to choose one, I think I would have to stick with goat cheese. Now, I know that goat cheese can be polarizing, I’ll be honest, it wasnt until college that I decided I liked it myself. Much like cilantro, you either love it or hate it. Oh and btw, I am totally in the hating cilantro camp. So, in the spirit of full disclosure for all you goat cheese haters, you can skip along to the next recipe, because you may not LOVE this one.
Mom, that includes you.
Just kidding, you can stay, but since you despise goat cheese you probably won’t like this one.
I digress, for you goat cheese lovers, this dip is everything. All the flavors of a loaded baked potato added to the tang of the goat cheese and baked until bubbly. It is heaven. The first time I made this dip it was out of sheer randomness and my friends starting calling it “crack dip” because it was so addicting. You may want to make a double batch because it is that delicious.
In fact, as I am sitting here writing this post, I am snacking on this dip for lunch.
Creamy, cheesy, tangy and loaded with bacon – I mean can you see why it was formerly called crack dip? Over the years, though, as I have pretended to be more adulty, I figured this also could use an adulty name. Plus, this way you kind of know what is in it!
Loaded Goat Cheese Dip
- 4 strips bacon
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 8 ounces goat cheese
- 4 ounces (1 cup) cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/3 cup bell pepper, diced
- 1/4 cup jalapeno, finely diced
- optional garnish scallions, chives, jalapeno, bacon bits
Cook bacon strips until extra crispy. Drain on paper towels and let cool. Preheat oven to 350*
Beat cream cheese and goat cheese together until fluffy. Add cheddar cheese, bell pepper and jalapeno and stir until combined. Crumble bacon into bits and stir into the cheese mixture. It will be thick.
Pour cheese mixture into a 8 or 9 inch pie plate, spreading into an even layer covering the entire plate. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until sides are bubbly.
Serve hot. This can be prepared ahead of time and baked right before serving. Garnish as desired and dip with your favorite chips, crackers or veggies.