Peeps, it’s that time of year for the ‘other’ football that is celebrated across the pond. Sundays in the US become reserved for friends, food and football. Whilst my foodie brain cannot process football of either kind, what I can do is provide the food and this is the BEST Cream Cheese Dip you can serve at any game day party you go to.
This warm cream cheese dip is not limited to only American football gatherings. Some of my friends came round last weekend and this dip was devoured in 20 mins. That’s it. 20 mins… gone. If not for the excited chatting and the customary ‘how is life?’ questions it would have been gone in 10.
From contributing some Superbowl party food as you cheer for your favourite football team to catching up with good friends, to a birthday cocktail party, this is the dip all your guests will keep going back to. I have plenty of hot dips that I love, but this bacon onion Cream Cheese Dip is at the top of the list. It is sooooooooo good.
This more than just a game day food dip is sooooooo good that I can’t just keep it to myself. No matter the party or gathering you have coming up, you must try this moorish Keto Cream Cheese Dip. It packs so much flavour with crispy pancetta and sweet caramelised onion jam. Gruyère and mozzarella help add some saltiness and gooeyness (aka dip perfection).
Serve your warm Cream Cheese Dip with crostini and veggies for your friend’s birthday potluck or serve with salty tortilla chips for your Sunday American football party.
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Gather your ingredients folks and let’s make this Cream Cheese Dip……..
How to Make Cream Cheese Dip
Step 1. Preheat oven.
Step 3. Drain and remove the pancetta (or bacon) and set aside.
Step 5. Fold in the cheeses, pancetta or bacon and caramelised onions jam.
Step 6. Transfer to a small baking dish and bake in hot oven until bubbly, about 20 mins.
Step 7. Serve warm with tortilla chips for dipping.
Tips for Making Cream Cheese Dip
- You can make your own caramelised onions. Don’t have Caramelised Onion Jam? See below to make your own caramelised onions.
- Add a spicy flavour with jalapenos or your favourite chilies. If you’re going to an adults-only gathering, add fresh spicy jalapenos or your favourite chili for a little spice to your low carb cheese dip.
- Bacon works well instead of pancetta. If you do not have pancetta, sliced smoked bacon is the perfect substitute to take your Cream Cheese Dip to the next level.
- Dips are not just for American football season. This warm Cream Cheese Dip goes great at your tailgate party but with ingredients like Gruyère and pancetta this dip is fancy enough to serve at anywhere.
- Serve with chips, tortillas, crostini or chopped veggies.
Cream Cheese Dip for Veggies
If you are on a low carb diet, you can use this Cream Cheese Dip for veggies. Simply dip your favourite low-carb vegetables of choice (celery, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.) and enjoy your bacon onion Cream Cheese Dip guilt-free.
What to Serve with This Bacon Onion Cream Cheese Dip
- Chopped vegetables to keep it low carb.
- Low Carb Tortillas.
- Pork Rinds (to keep it Keto).
- Corn Tortillas.
Don’t Have Caramelised Onion Jam? Make Your Own
Onions are naturally sweet and caramelize over time when cooking. Making caramelised onions is very easy if you do not have caramelised onion jam. It can take up to 1 hr, so plan ahead if you have to make.
First, slice your onions to the desired size. I like to slice my onions thin and evenly but you can slice your onions to be on the chunky side. Depending on how many onions you are slicing, you’ll heat 1 tbsp of olive oil per onion. Heat your pan over low heat until the oil is simmering then add your onions.
Spread the sliced onions evenly, stirring occasionally. Add a pinch of salt. You can add sugar to the recipe but onions are naturally sweet. Make sure to only stir every few mins. You want to ensure the onions do not stick to the pan but do get that rich brown colour. Add a tbsp of water if sticking happens.
For extra flavour, once your onions are soft brown add 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar to help deglaze the pan and bring out more of that rich and sweet onion flavour. Your onions will be sticky and carmelised.
Your homemade caramelised onions will keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks covered.
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Cream Cheese Dip
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup (75 g) Cubed smoked pancetta or sliced smoked bacon
- 8 oz (225 g) cream cheese softened
- 1 cup (250 ml) sour cream
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup (100 g) shredded Gruyère
- 1 cup (100 g) shredded mozzarella
- 2 tbsp caramelised onion jam
- Tortilla chips for serving.
- Preheat oven to fan assisted 160C / 180C / 350F / gas 4.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat, and cook pancetta or bacon until crispy. Drain and remove the pancetta (or bacon) and set aside.
- Combine cream cheese, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper in a bowl and beat with hand held or electric mixer until combined and fluffy.
- Fold in the cheeses, pancetta or bacon and caramelised onions jam.
- Transfer to a small baking dish and bake in hot oven until bubbly, about 20 mins.
- Serve warm with tortilla chips for dipping.
- You can make your own caramelised onions if you do not have caramelized onion jam in your pantry.
- Add a spicy flavour with jalapenos or your favourite chilies for an adults only gathering.
- Sliced smoked bacon works well in place of pancetta. " Serve with chips, tortillas, crostini or chopped veggies.
What to Serve with This Bacon Onion Cream Cheese DipChopped vegetables to keep it low carb. Corn Tortillas. Breadsticks. Recipe slightly adapted from Delish.com