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My BLT Dip served with crispy crostini for dipping is a delicious combination of flavors from the classic American BLT sandwich.
My creamy BLT Dip recipe has a base of sour cream, cream cheese and mayonnaise, topped with the makings of a BLT – shredded lettuce, diced tomato and chopped bacon. Served with toasted crostini, it’s the perfect party dip!
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Why I Love This BLT Dip Recipe
- Flavorful Base – It’s rich and creamy, sort of like a cranked up sandwich spread.
- Crispy Bacon – Who doesn’t love bacon? It’s crispy, salty and completely addictive.
- No Baking Required – The best part is, you can whip up this creamy dip in about 15 minutes.
- Cream Cheese – Full fat, brick style cream cheese for the beset flavor. Softened at room temperature for the easiest blending.
- Sour Cream – For creaminess and richness.
- Mayonnaise – Because every good BLT has a little mayo.
- Seasoned Salt and Garlic Powder – for added flavor.
- Bacon – About half a pound, but you can use more of less if you wish. Cook it until it’s nice and crisp and then dice for the topping.
- Shredded Lettuce – You can use iceberg lettuce or Romaine, I personally like the colors of Romaine. Slice into thin shreds, or buy pre-shredded.
- Roma Tomatoes – Love them because they aren’t as juicy which means less liquid and seeds to clean out. Cut into thin strips, then small dices.
- Green onions – Not part of a traditional BLT, but certainly will add a nice bit of flavor to your dip.
- Dippers – I love toasted bread or crostini because it’s just more like what you’d get with the real sandwich. You could also use crackers or pretzels.
How to Cook Bacon 🥓
There are a few different ways that you can cook the bacon.
- Stovetop – The classic way is in a skillet on the stovetop over medium heat. Lay the slices in the hot pan and cook for several minutes per side. This is probably the messiest method. Pro Tip: Use kitchen shears and cut the bacon right into the skillet. It will cook faster and already be diced up for you.
- Microwave – Not my favorite, but works in a pinch. Layer paper towels on a microwavable plate. Lay 6-8 strips of bacon on top (it’s ok if they’re touching but not overlapping). Top with a couple more paper towels. Microwave for 3 minutes, then flip the slices over and microwave for 3 minutes more. If it’s not crispy enough, add 30 second increments until it’s to your liking.
- How to Cook Bacon in the Oven – Bake on a wire rack over a foil lined baking sheet at 375℉ for about 15 minutes, then drain on paper towels.
- Crispy Air Fryer Bacon – Preheat your air fryer to 350℉ and arrange a single layer of bacon in the basket. Air Fry for 8-10 minutes for chewy bacon, 10-15 minutes for crispy.
How to Make BLT DIP
This dip is so delicious, your guests will feel just like they’re eating that classic sandwich when they dive in with a piece of toasted bread – but way less messy!
See recipe card below for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
Mix the base. This is a pretty simple mixture of cream cheese, mayo and sour cream for the base, with added flavors of seasoned salt and garlic. Blend together in a large bowl with a hand mixer or just with a wooden spoon or spatula by hand.
Pour into a serving dish. You could make this dip in just about any shallow dish you like, but I think a pie plate is great, especially a clear glass one like this one. The clear glass allows the dipper to see the creamy dip below all of that crunchy goodness on top.
Add Toppings. The toppings for the BLT dip recipe are lots of shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and of course bacon. For fun you could even crumble bacon in with the cream cheese base for an extra bacon-y surprise. I also added sliced green onions which add a little heat to all the creamy, salty flavors.
Serve. I recommend serving with crostini; toast some sliced baguette in the oven at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy. Let them cool then serve them on the side of this BLT dip. Crackers, pita chips or even tortilla chips are delicious, too.
- No Mayo: If you really don’t like mayonnaise, you can add more sour cream and cream cheese.
- Greek Yogurt: For a lower calorie version, or just instead of sour cream, try an equal amount of plain Greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream.
- Tomatoes: I like Roma tomatoes (aks plum tomatoes) because they aren’t full of juice and they are easy to dice. But you could also swap in heirlooms, grape or cherry tomatoes.
- Cheese: A typical BLT isn’t made with cheese like a Club Sandwich, but this dip would be delicious with some shredded cheddar cheese, grated Parmesan or Mozzarella on top.
Make Ahead and Storing Leftovers
If you’d like to prepare this dip up to 24 hours ahead of time, make the base and spread it in the serving dish. Cover tightly. Chop the tomatoes and bacon and store them separately.
While you can chop the lettuce in advance, I highly recommend cutting just before serving, or no more than an hour or two in advance, so it doesn’t wilt or turn brown.
Unfortunately, leftovers won’t last too long because the lettuce will brown and wilt, but if you can remove that and add some fresh later, you’d be good storing the dip covered in the fridge for a few days.
More Appetizer Recipes to Try
- BLT Ranch Flatbread
- Easy BLT Pasta Salad
- The BEST Skinny Taco Dip Recipe
- Sausage Rolls
- Hot Onion Bacon Dip
- Cheesy Hot Bacon Dip
- 8 ounces Cream Cheese room temperature
- ½ cup Sour cream
- ½ cup Mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
- 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
- 3 Roma tomatoes seeded and diced
- 3 green onions thinly sliced
- 36 Crackers or crostini for dipping
- In a medium sized bowl and with an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream until smooth. Mix in seasoned salt and garlic powder.
- Spread cream cheese mixture into a small, flat bottomed dish (like an 8” pie pan). Chill until ready to serve.
- Top with lettuce, tomatoes, bacon and green onions.
- Serve immediately and with crackers or chips for dipping.