You love the magical combination of bacon, lettuce and tomato in a sandwich. Why not take those same fantastic flavors and turn them into a party ready dip?
This recipe is perfect for serving at your next get-together because it can be whipped up in advance and then assembled fresh when your guests arrive. Instead of being layered in a sandwich, here crisped and crumbled bacon is layered with shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes on top of a spicy and creamy dip. The result is a fresh and colorful snack that is ready to be everyone's favorite treat at your next celebration. Homemade crostini are perfect for dipping, but feel free to serve with prepared pita chips if you are short on time.
- BLT Dip:
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 (8 ounce) package bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce
- 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 1 (10 ounce) baguette, cut into ½-inch slices
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Gather the ingredients.
In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper until smooth.
Spread the cream cheese mixture into a 9-inch pie pan. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
To prepare the crostini, drizzle the baguette slices with olive oil. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool before serving.
When ready to serve, top the chilled cream cheese mixture with the shredded lettuce, crumbled bacon, and diced tomatoes.
Serve the BLT dip with the crostini.
For a lighter version of this dip, just make a few smart swaps.
- Turkey bacon: Use crisped and crumbled turkey bacon instead of traditional pork bacon. Turkey bacon has roughly 25% fewer calories and 35% less saturated fat.
- Low-fat cream cheese: When you opt for low-fat cream cheese instead of the regular version, you save about half the fat and reduce the calories about 40%. Sometimes you might see lower fat cream cheeses labeled as Neufchatel in your grocers dairy case. Fat-free cream cheese is not recommended in this recipe.
- Reduced-fat mayonnaise: This option contains 25 percent or less cholesterol and 2 grams of saturated fat or less than the full fat version. Again, fat-free mayonnaise is not recommended in this recipe.
The now legendary combination of bacon, lettuce, and tomato on a sandwich dates back to the early 1900s. However, the widespread popularity of the sandwich didn't grow until after World War II, when the fresh ingredients became more readily available year-round. Specifically referring to the sandwich by its initials, BLT, didn't become common until the 1970's. Today this flavor combination has found its way into recipes like a BLT pizza, BLT wrap, and now a BLT party dip!