Blue Cheese & Bacon Dip

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BLUE CHEESE & BACON DIP

This is a quick and easy appetizer that your family will love. Rich and creamy with a crunchy almond topping…serve with veggies, apple, and pear slices or whole grain crackers or crostini for your family. (Or make an ooey-gooey grilled cheese and tomato sandwich for the more sophisticated tastes in your household!)

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Vegetable cooking spray
One 8-ounce pkg reduced-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup fat-free half & half
7 slices turkey bacon, crispy cooked and crumbled
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces crmbled Blue cheese
2 tablespoons chopped chives
2 tablespoons chopped green onion (or 4 tablespoons, if not using chives)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 1-quart casserole dish with vegetable cooking spray. In a large bowl beat the softened cream cheese with Half & Half. Stir in bacon, garlic, blue cheese, chives and green onion and pepper, Pour into prepared casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle almonds over the top and continue baking for 10 minutes more. Allow to cool slightly and serve.  Makes 10 servings.

Per Serving: Calories 119; Protein 6 g; Fat 9 g; Carbs 3 g; Sugar 1 g; Sodium 308 mg

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