Goat Cheese, Bacon and Walnut Dip


Goat Cheese, Bacon and Walnut Dip

To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to call this dip since it has a little bit of everything in it!!  It’s creamy and chunky at the same time and has just the right touch of sweetness…so yummy!!  This is a great dip to bring to a gathering because it appeals to everyone.  It is equally delicious served with crackers or sliced vegetables.  (I’ve actually caught people eating it off their fork!)

Note:  Dips can be very caloric so I suggest using the best quality ingredients possible.  You’ll  feel better knowing you are getting some nutritional value and splurging at the same time! 

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz of goat cheese (chèvre), room temperature
  • 2/3 cup approved mayo (I use Primal Kitchen)
  • 1 cup fresh cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped**
  • 5-6 slices of quality bacon, cooked and cut into smaller pieces
  • ½ cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped (look for brands with no added oil or sugar)
  • 3-4 green onions, chopped (reserve a small amount for garnishing)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Add the goat cheese, mayo, salt and pepper to a medium-sized mixing bowl.  Using a hand mixer, beat together until creamy.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix by hand with a large spoon or spatula.
  3. Chill for 3-4 hours.
  4. Serve with fresh vegetables and/or gluten-free crackers.  (I have a recipe for grain-free crackers if you’re really feeling motivated!)

** To toast the walnuts, place on a sheet pan and put in a 350 degree oven for approximately 8 minutes.  Be careful not to burn.

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