Cheesy Bacon Hot Dipping Sauce For The Big Game.

I live in New England – land of cold days, freezing nights, and keeping warm with pizza and football. When I lived in San Francisco, I didn’t have the luxury of knowing what keeps New Englanders warm over winter – team spirit and great food.

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I remember one of my first nights visiting here – in New Hampshire. It was January, and very cold up in the White Mountains. My friend and I were looking for a hotel after many hours in the car from New Jersey, and we found a restaurant called “The Muddy Moose.” Once we stepped out of our car in the parking lot, we heard a sound like thunder. It was booming and festive and very, very loud. We walked into the restaurant and found the source of the loudness of the White Mountains – a football game on at the bar! The entire restaurant was gathered together, warm and red-faced and happy, counting down the final seconds as their favorite team from Boston scored a winning touchdown. If I thought it was loud before that.. it got louder.

The game was over, the team had won, and people I had never met were clasping my hands and patting my shoulders as we waited for a table. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was uproarious and happy, and the food was delicious.

Years later, I would move to New England and become a part of what keeps us all warm and together – football games and party recipes. I’m more of a party recipe kind of girl, but I’ve found a lot of fun and bonding over games. Who knew?

Yesterday, I knew I had to make something for the football games Cassidy would have on during the afternoon. It was our last day of winter vacation and I had a bit of the Sunday Night Blues. Since we’ll be in Florida for the Big Game in February, and we’re not yet sure if our Boston team will be in the game, we decided to celebrate the game yesterday with party food.

I went to Walmart over the weekend and picked up a Red Baron Classic Crust 4-Cheese pizza, an Edwards HERSHEY’S* Chocolate Crème Pie, and the fixings for Cheesy Bacon Hot Dipping Sauce/Dip.

I made the dipping sauce to go with chips and pretzel bites, but in truth, you can dip your pizza slices in there too! I love the idea of elevating flavors in something you already love – pizza. And then making it even cheesier is a huge hit.

Cassidy has the game on during Sunday afternoons because it reminds him of Sunday afternoons with his dad. It also reminds me of holidays and other warm gatherings we had together as a family when I was a kid. Good food was always present.

Red Baron pizza, Edwards pie, and my dipping sauce will make a big game party, or any game day, really shine. Red Baron pizzas are perfect for hosting, because they’re an easy and convenient option, and it saves time in the kitchen without sacrificing great taste. There is “Crust Perfection in Every Bite!” It makes everyone happy to have this tasty party option.

Then there’s my favorite pizza party pairing – Cheesy Bacon Hot Dipping Sauce.
What you’ll need:
8 ounces (1 package) cream cheese, cut into cubes
8 ounces (2 cups) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
4 ounces heavy cream or half & half
1 teaspoon Worcestershire or Tabasco sauce
1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
6 thick cut bacon strips, cooked and then diced

What you’ll do:

  1. Cook the bacon and set aside on paper towels.

  2. Save a few tablespoons of bacon grease in medium or large pan and heat over medium.

  3. Add the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, cream, hot sauce, and mustard.

  4. Stir occasionally until melted, or about 3-4 minutes.

  5. Stir in bacon and reserve some for garnish on top.

  6. Serve with chips, pretzel bites, vegetables or pizza!

Personally I like to serve everything all together, so I serve my Edwards pie with the pizza and the hot dipping sauce. You can serve it after too. It’s the perfect dessert to go with a pizza party meal!

What are your favorite party recipes for the Big Game? What’s your favorite Red Baron pizza flavor?

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    1. Yes, you can! I don’t watch games at all. I do love cheese dips and commercials!
      Also, I do deliver. Especially because it was face-freezing weather here today and I’m over it.

  1. Oh that Cheesy Bacon dipping sauce looks amazing! So does the pizza and pie! I love how simply that all comes together – perfect for football viewing for sure!

    1. I love the whole sweet and salty combo thing! Pizza pie.. and pie!
      Although bacon and cheese are on my list of things that I always want.

  2. That dip sounds delicious and those pies are to die for. I really love the cheesecake version as well. Every time I head to the commissary I always pick one up. Reminds me of my days eating at Juniors in NYC. Hopefully I can introduce Madison to real cheesecake once we get there.

    1. Mmm.. NY Cheesecake!
      Even in NJ, it’s awesome. My sister gets a homemade cheesecake every holiday season. One of her co-workers ate it this year, which was so mean! It is delicious.

  3. The Muddy Moose sounds like AWESOME! Well, that is until they find out who I root for. 😉
    I love football, pizza, and dips, so pretty much what I’m saying is I love this post. 🙂

  4. #TeamPizza is an epic concept. I would like to offer my stomachs as the place where all of our team’s food is stored. The rest of the team will have to order take out, of course.

    1. Just last night I walked into the kitchen and Cassidy was eating the pie leftovers with the fridge open.
      Then he smushed pie in my face.
      This really happened.
      Would you do that to your husband?

  5. Whoa!! You had me at the slice of pizza in the cheesy bacon dipping sauce!! This looks so delicious and so easy to make. I should not have read this while eating a salad 😉

    1. haha, me too, Seana.
      I’m pretty slim but I do gain a winter five pounds every year. I used to think it was hormonal but then I realized my kids are too old for that to be the case and it sheds by spring!

  6. That dipping sauce looks divine. I think I’d go without Tabasco sauce to maybe take away any bite or “heat” as my tongue wouldn’t like it all that much. But the rest of it looks pretty tasty… might have to try this one! 😀

  7. The Husband would immediately call your dip recipe awesome, just because it reuses the bacon fat! If only I could insert that viral video of the kid eating bacon for the first time. As for us, we’ll be celebrating entry into the playoffs with plenty of craft beer and maybe a good old pot of chili…it’s finally cold enough for chili!

    1. My brother used to cook bacon, and then use the leftover bacon fat to flavor mashed potatoes!
      What does your husband think of that?
      Also, I saw the video of the baby eating bacon. It was awesome!

  8. Well this looks amazing. This is my FAVORITE time of year (minus the bone chilling cold) but football, ALL WEEKEND?! yes please. Also, I throw a pretty epic superbowl party that consists of me and my 3 guys every year 🙂

  9. The Cheesy bacon dip looks delicious. And dipping pizza inside it sounds quite yummy. I loved dipping my pizza in the garlic butter sauce from Papa John’s when I was in college. Now my husband will make his own when I make homemade pizza for my family.

      1. I’m not sure if they have gluten-free pizza. I haven’t eaten there in years, but when I was in college they were the only pizza company that delivered to our campus. So I ate a lot of Papa Johns from 99 to 03…lol. I’ve never tried the cauliflower crust, but I love making cauliflower rice.

  10. Oh man! I love cheese dip!! It’s one of those things I pull out after the kids have gone to bed so I don’t have to share!!

  11. I AM HUNGRY!!!! I should not have read this post, but the photos and then the recipe – YUM. Now I want that cheese dip. Badly. And I wish I was 20 years younger and would not have to worry about all the fat and other things in it 🙂 It looks soo good.

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