Sunday, February 5, 2012

Cheeseburger Dip

So, I recently received an email from my sister, Cathy:
"Got this from my friend Jane (of Reuben Stromboli fame). Haven't tried it yet, but what could possibly be bad about this???"
She's absolutely right! I mean, seriously, what could possibly be bad about a hot cheesy baked dip with all of the flavors of a bacon double cheese burger that makes for some great game day snacking? Not a thing, as far as I'm concerned! Not only that, it was really easy to make. As soon as you take your first bite, you'll absolutely understand. It's seriously THAT good! Be sure to make this for your next get together! Everyone will love you for it! Thanx Cath! and Thanx Jane!!

1/2 pound ground beef
6 strips bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, chopped
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoon ketchup

Cook the ground beef in a pan over medium heat, set it aside and drain the grease from the pan.
Cook the bacon in the pan until crispy, about 6-10 minutes, set aside and drain all but a tablespoon of the grease.
Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
Mix the ground beef, bacon, onions and garlic, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, mozzarella, cheddar, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup and pour it into a baking dish.

Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the top starts turning a light golden brown and the sides are bubbling, about 20-30 minutes.
To drive home the whole cheeseburger thing... just before serving,  sprinkle some shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and diced pickles over the top. 

I sprinkled a little extra cheese over the top, just for the last 10 minutes, so that it gets all nice and melty and bubbly. Wait, is 'melty' a word?
As far as I'm concerned, the key to this dish is the ketchup and the Worcestershire sauce. They REALLY make it taste just like a cheeseburger!
I served it with toasted sesame seed crackers, just as one would serve a cheeseburger on a sesame seed bun, but clearly it would work with any favorite cracker.
If you're making this for a large group, you might consider doubling the recipe, just as I did. I'm just sayin!
Oh, and one other thing...
I had originally planned to take the picture with the lettuce, tomato, and pickles on top.. but I was so excited after I took it out of the oven that I forgot the extras and just took the picture! My Bad!

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