This post was sponsored by Silver Spring. As always, all opinions are my own.
Bacon horseradish dip is fully loaded with bold flavors. Smoky bits of bacon mingle with tangy blue cheese and prepared horseradish in this exciting appetizer.
I have an obsession with horseradish. With the exception of maybe my breakfast cereal, I have found very few foods that won't benefit from a touch of heat. I slather it on summer sausage, mix it in mashed potatoes, throw it in Bloody Marys. So why not add some zest to a dip, packing its unique punch?
Being from Wisconsin myself, I love to use fresh Wisconsin-made products whenever possible in my own home. I have always had a soft spot for Silver Spring horseradish, in particular, because its a home town favorite made in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where I lived during two separate periods of my life. Not to mention, they just make a dang good prepared horseradish!
Bacon horseradish dip
Prepared horseradish adds the perfect touch of heat to my bacon horseradish dip recipe, while bacon imparts a deep smoky flavor. Blue cheese can be mixed in as well to lend its trademark tangy funk! These flavors marry well with the base of the sauce which is comprised of a mixture of cream cheese, sour cream, and Worcestershire sauce.
Serving tip: While chips can be used, I find a hearty gourmet cracker or toasted bagel chips pair best with this dip.
Bacon horseradish dip ingredients
- Cream cheese - 8 ounces of cream cheese form the base of the dip.
- Sour Cream - Sour cream adds its classic tangy touch, but more importantly is needed to lighten up the cream cheese, to ensure the dip is dippable.
- Worchestershire sauce - Deepens the flavor and adds some complexity.
- Bacon - 8 ounces of crumbled bacon adds a nice smoky flavor which will continue to develop as the dip rests in the fridge.
- Prepared horseradish - I recommend using Silver Spring coarse cut prepared horseradish when making this recipe. However, when making a batch for myself I like to swap out their Extra Hot prepared horseradish for an extra kick!
- Blue cheese - Blue cheese adds its trademark funk and some added creaminess. If you don't like blue cheese, it can be omitted. The dip tastes phenomenal with or without it.
How to make this dip
Begin by frying up your bacon so it can be chopped or crumbled to use in the dip. While the bacon is frying it is important to soften your cream cheese if you haven't already done so. This is important to ensure it blends smoothly with the sour cream without lumps. You can soften the cream cheese in the microwave, or letting an unopened package sit in hot water for ten minutes.
Tip: When frying up bacon to crumble I like to chop it into one-inch pieces before it goes in the skillet. It is easier to cook larger quantities of bacon this way, and it will cook more evenly.
At this point mix the cream cheese, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, bacon, and blue cheese in a medium bowl. The dip can be enjoyed right away, but the flavor is best if you allow it to sit in the refrigerator for a few hours, or overnight.
More horseradish recipe
If you are craving more sinus-clearing inspiration featuring the tangy punch of prepared horseradish. Give these recipes a try as well!
Bacon Horseradish Dip
- 8 ounces bacon (cooked and crumbled)
- 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- 4 ounces sour cream
- ⅓ cup blue cheese
- 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish (Silver Spring Foods makes a fantastic one!)
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- hearty crackers
- Fully cook bacon in a skillet set over medium heat on your stovetop.
- While bacon cooks, soften the cream cheese by resting the package in a dish of hot water for ten minutes.
- Blend together softened cream cheese and sour cream until no lump appear.
- Mix in Worchestershire sauce, prepared horseradish, crumbled bacon, and blue cheese.
- The dip can be served immediately, but the flavors will continue to develope if rested in the fridge for a few hours, or overnight.
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