An incredibly easy dip inspired by a similar one served at the Neiman Marcus restaurant; it is guaranteed to be a party favorite!
In my world, there are regular food groups (fruit, vegetables, grains, dairy, fat) and then food groups of my favorite foods. I’m talking about things like: desserts, burgers/fries, cheesy carbs, classic comfort foods, and dips. When it comes to the food that I love to eat, those four categories sum it pretty darn well.
So it should come as no surprise that when I saw an incredibly easy dip recipe with some of my favorite ingredients (bacon! cheese!) that I rushed right into the kitchen to make it. Icing on the cake was that the recipe recommended serving it with Fritos and Ritz crackers. I’ll take any excuse to bust open a package of either one of those!
One of my favorite things about Cook’s Country magazine is that it features regional recipes or copycat recipes for well-known popular foods (it’s the magazine that brought us the spicy cheese bread recipe from a Wisconsin bakery that my husband and I devoured within 24 hours). This particular dip is actually a recreation of a dip served at Neiman Marcus restaurants, which piqued my interest.
I’ve only ever shopped at a Neiman Marcus once while on a work trip to Boston over 10 years ago, and I never ate at their restaurant or cafe, but I absolutely adore the recipe for Neiman Marcus cookies (whether or not the urban myth is true or not!), so I whipped this dip recipe up faster than you can say BACON!
The Neiman Marcus dip is incredibly close to the loaded baked potato dip that I love so much, but with some key differences… while both dips contain bacon, cheddar cheese, and scallions, this dip uses mayonnaise to bind it all while the loaded baked potato dip uses sour cream. In addition, this Neiman Marcus dip also includes toasted slivered almonds (we can have almonds in our house now! small food allergy milestones!) and a little hot sauce; I love the crunch from the almonds and the kick from the hot sauce, they’re excellent additions.
Then we have the recommended dipping vessels – Ritz crackers, Fritos and sliced apples. I skipped the apples because they brown quickly and I hate dousing otherwise delicious fruit in lemon juice just to keep them from browning. So that leaves us with Fritos and Ritz, which are the absolute perfect salty accompaniment to this savory dip. (Although, don’t be like me and use the unopened bag of regular Fritos in the pantry; scoops would be much easier and less messy!)
Add this super easy dip to your recipe box and whip it up when you need a quick snack or appetizer!