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Sweet caramelized onions, creamy and tangy goat cheese are combined with fresh herbs and bacon to form a creamy, savory dip that’s perfect for summer. Goes great with potato chips, veggies or crostini.
The other day I tried a new chicken sandwich at out favorite local restaurant Red Robin. Well, I should say it’s my kids favorite – I could take it or leave it! Anyway this new chicken sandwich had goat cheese and red peppers, sweet onion straws, bacon and goat cheese. Lordy, it was so good! I vowed to recreate it because I figured you might like it too!
Well obviously this isn’t a chicken sandwich. I bought everything to make the sandwich – peppers, bacon, onions, goat cheese, ciabatta bread…but I forgot the chicken. How exactly does one run out of chicken and not know it? I have no idea. But I did, so I had to improvise.
I have been wanting to add some more appetizer and dip recipes to the blog, and I thought the goat cheese would make a nice base for a creamy dip. Boy was I right! First I cooked up the bacon, then I caramelized some diced onions in a little of the bacon grease over low heat. It takes a while for this method but it really brings out the sweetness in the onion. Then I combined the goat cheese with some sour cream and a little bit of mayonnaise until it was nice and smooth. I added some garlic salt and fresh parsley, along with the cooled onions and crumbled bacon and pulsed it all together in my food processor until I liked the consistency. I didn’t want a completely smooth dip, but I didn’t want bit chunks of onion either, so this was perfect.
The ciabatta loaf I’d bought made the perfect vessel for this hearty, creamy dip. I gave it a little crunch by drizzling it with olive oil and broiling it for a few minutes. This dip would go just as well with Kettle chips or veggies sticks, or even as a topping for a baked potato!
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