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From "Stop and Smell the Rosemary, Recipes and Traditions to Remember," published in cooperation with your Daily InBox newsletter.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 7 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 3 tablespoons chopped smoked almonds (1 ounce)

    TO PREPARE:

         Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until almost crisp, about 7 minutes.  Drain excess fat from skillet.  Add garlic and cook until bacon is crisp, about 3 minutes.
         Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Beat cream cheese until smooth.  Add half and half and mix until combined.  Stir in bacon mixture, blue cheese, and chives.  Transfer to a 2-cup ovenproof serving dish and cover with foil.  Bake until thoroughly heated, about 30 minutes.  Sprinkle with chopped almonds.  Serve with sliced apples, toasted pita crisps or French bread.

    NOTE:  
    May be prepared 1 day in advance.  Refrigerate or freeze.  Bring to room temperature before baking.

    YIELDS:  
    2 cups

     

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