Author Jean Morrison
Low Fat Bacon and Cheese Dip
I wanted a dip that was healthy and this recipe quickly evolved. If you don't want to include bacon then just omit it. The cheese and onion flavour by itself is just divine
15 minutes, includes the 10 minutes to cook the bacon
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Quantity: About 2 cups of dip
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100 gm bacon bits (the diced variety on the deli is very low fat)
100 gm extra lite 5% fat cream cheese (Kraft make this)
100 gm grated low fat cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
1 and 1/4 cups 97% fat free natural yoghurt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
Optional 2 tablespoons finely diced capsicum
Cook bacon bits in non stick pan till cooked and golden (no oil needed here)
Transfer to bowl and whilst warm add the cream cheese so that the heat of the bacon can soften it. Mix together.
Add remainder of ingredients and mix well.
Serve with cracker biscuits, celery sticks, carrot sticks etc.
Makes approximately 2 cups of dip
Red capsicum gives a nice bit of colour but you could swap it for finely sliced spring onions. Or, simply omit it.
Dried onion flakes are available from Asian stores and are very handy to have in the pantry. If you don't have any then substitute a small amount of grated fresh onion.
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