Saturday, December 22, 2012

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Dip

This is one of those recipes that I've had for SO long; I honestly don't know WHERE it came from, and I've seen it reposted a million times online. Some people refer to it as "crack dip". Personally, I cannot STAND when people refer to something as "crack"; it's honestly one of my biggest pet peeves. I also kinda think it's tacky to use a highly addictive drug reference to refer to a food, but that's just me. 

However, it's hard to deny that the combination of bacon, cheddar and ranch go together SO well. From cheese balls to hashbrown casseroles to macaroni & cheese and potato salad, it's been proven to be a winning combination. Just not "crack" though.


ANYWAY, now that I've stepped off of my soapbox, back to this dip! It's incredibly easy to prepare, taking less than 5 minutes to basically dump everything together and stir it up. HOWEVER, this dip is MUCH better when you make it ahead of time. Ideally you want to let it chill for 24 hours to let the flavors meld, but I think 8-12 hours will be fine. If you're wanting to make it for a Sunday football game, just throw everything together before you go to bed on Saturday and you'll be ok :)


Cheddar Bacon Ranch Dip

Ingredients:
16oz sour cream
1 packet Spicy Ranch dressing mix (or use the "regular" Ranch mix - doesn't matter!)
3oz real bacon bits (don't use Bacos)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Combine the sour cream and Ranch dressing mix. 




Stir in the bacon bits and cheddar cheese.




Cover and chill for 24 hours, then serve with chips or cut vegetables.




6 comments:

  1. This dip is amazing! It reminds me of a baked potato.

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    1. Yes! That's the goal of all of the flavors! Enjoy :)

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  2. I am currently obsessed with this dip. Waiting a full day or more really makes it better. I tried a bit a few minutes after mixing, and it is nowhere near as good.

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    1. It really IS better the next day (kinda like chili!). I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. There's no baking involved in this recipe? I've seen similar ones that are served hot. Which is better?

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    1. I think there's no right answer to "which is better". Some people prefer cool/cold/room temp dips, and some people prefer hot dips. Personally, it depends on the time of year for me. Some football Saturdays/Sundays, even in Fall, can have 90+ degree days. WAY too hot for a baked dip.

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