Everyone loves a potluck — especially my co-workers. On any given day in our office, it’s likely that you will find a couple filing cabinets pushed together, topped by at least one or two scrumptious snacks. Sometimes, it’s just a couple plates of cookies for no real reason, other times it is a much larger affair – to celebrate a birthday or work anniversary. Sometimes, we have themes – tailgate, cereal, candy – other times, we just bring whatever we want. But, the best work potluck of all is definitely Dip Day. Dip Day isn’t confined to a couple cabinets or an empty desk – it gets its own office. It starts early in the day when the first shifts start coming in and goes until late in the evening. If you don’t want to (or can’t) make a dip, you contribute plates or chips or bread. Every year on dip day I discover a new dip that changes my life. 5 years ago, I didn’t know pumpkin dip existed. Loaded baked potato dip? Skyline dip? Brownie dip? Dip Day isn’t just for fancy dips either. You can’t go wrong with a simple hummus, french onion dip, or salsa.
Dip Day is a beautiful thing. I strongly suggest you talk to your co-workers and organize your own version of what might be my new favorite holiday.
Warm Bacon Cheese Dip
Adapted from Buns In My Oven’s Hot Bacon Cheese Dip
7 bacon strips, diced and fried
1 unsliced, round loaf of bread (I used Asiago Cheese bread)
1/4 c. diced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 c. (8 oz.) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1 c. (4 oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese
1 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. sour cream
1/4 t. crushed red chile flakes
a dash of paprika and cayenne pepper
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Start by frying the bacon. You can fry the slices and then crumble them, or dice it first and then fry them – both ways will work.
Slice the top off the loaf of bread. Hollow out the bread, being careful to leave the sides and bottom intact. Place the bread bowl on an ungreased baking sheet.
In a medium sized bowl, combine all of the ingredients with a spoon. Transfer the mixture into the bread bowl and bake for 45 minutes. Serve with the rest of the bread (what you scooped out from the inside of the bread loaf) and anything you think would taste good – crackers or a different kind of bread.