Blue cheese bacon dip

This dip was so delish! It was gobbled down almost as soon as I put it on the table. Ended up serving it with Cape Cod potato chips. So good!

Adapted from Baked Bree
7 bacon slices (I use thick-cut applewood smoked bacon. Any bacon would work, but the bacon is the star of the show so I think that it should be really good bacon.)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 packages cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup half and half
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1/3 cup toasted chopped walnuts

Cook the chopped bacon in a skillet until brown and crispy over medium high heat, about 10 minutes.
Drain the bacon on a paper towel lined plate. Add the minced garlic to the pan and saute for 1 minute.
Beat the cream cheese with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add the half and half and mix until well combined.
Stir in bacon, garlic, blue cheese, chives, and walnuts (reserve a few nuts and chives for the top). Taste for seasoning. I added a pinch of salt and a lot of pepper. Spoon the mixture into a small casserole dish or 4 (1-cup) ramekins.
Bake at 350 degrees until golden and bubbly. Garnish with remaining walnuts and chives. Serve with grapes, apple slices and crackers or toasted baguette.

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