My BLT Dip served with crispy crostini for dipping is a delicious combination of flavors from the classic American sandwich favorite.
This super creamy BLT Dip is a surprise family favorite. One of my kids is a self-proclaimed mayonnaise and sour cream hater. I know, I think she’s crazy too. But she was helping me test some recipes and so I told her she was required to taste everything. She reluctantly agreed…then proceeded to eat nearly half of this entire pan of dip. That’s how good it is.
My BLT Dip recipe has a base of sour cream, cream cheese and mayonnaise, topped with the making of a BLT – shredded lettuce, diced tomato and chopped bacon. Served with toasted bread it’s the perfect party dip!
What is a BLT?
Did you know that the famous BLT sandwich was not actually named after it’s ingredients (Bacon Lettuce and Tomato)? It’s true! Well, it could be true.
Barry Popik, etymologist expert offers this: “The BLT sandwich (bacon, lettuce, tomato) possibly comes from Chicago and was named after its famed Chicago Tribune writer BLT, or Bert L. Taylor. The “BLT” is first cited in print in 1941.” Our gut says the initials/acronym is a coincidence. Colorful columnist Bert Leston Taylor (AKA “BLT”) passed away in 1921. We think: if Mr. Taylor did not write sometimes write about food in his columns no one would hypothesize a connection. Still? The idea is intriguing. Why not call this sandwich lettuce, bacon, tomato (LBT), tomato lettuce bacon (TLB) or any other variation on this acronymic theme? (cited from HERE)
I had never thought twice about why the sandwich is bacon, lettuce, tomato and not lettuce first or tomato first. But now I won’t be able to eat one of those sandwiches without a little wordplay. Or this BLT Dip.
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!
Mix the base. My “famous” BLT Dip 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 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 small 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 white 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 mix some of the 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; just 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 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 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.
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.