Oh, have I got something special for you guys today! First of all, I have a creamy, dreamy BLT dip….that’s BLT as in bacon, lettuce and tomato. In other words, your favorite sandwich has been transformed into a scoopable, spreadable bowl of bacon-filled deliciousness, just calling out to be slathered on some toasted country bread. And not only do I have this scrumptiousness for you, I also have the chance for you to win a prize that is just as delicious as the dip. Here’s the scoop!
A little while ago, the nice folks at Lipton asked me if I would be interested in participating in their Dip To Win contest. What with the March Madness college basketball tournament coming up and all, they figured that there might be some folks out there who would be interested in some fun new dip recipes to go along with their basketball, and they thought maybe a dip tournament might be a fun way to play along. Was I interested?
Well, as some of you know, I am a loud and proud graduate of Georgetown University. The Georgetown Hoyas have been to the tournament 27 times, have made the Final Four 5 times, and in 1984 they won the whole thing. I would not be a responsible Hoya if I didn’t come up with a dip to enter in the Dip To Win tournament, right? The only rule was that I needed to use one of the Lipton Recipe Secrets mixes in my dip, and after that I could go crazy, dip-wise. And me being me, you know where my mind immediately went, right?
Yup. Bacon. Bacon was the answer. Bacon is ALWAYS the answer.
I wanted to use the classic onion soup mix, and all of the sudden it came to me. Creamy onion dip made not only with sour cream but with the creamy mayo, sweet tomato, crunchy lettuce and salty bacon of the traditional BLT sandwich….and playing the part of the bread, some toasted and torn up country bread. And it all comes together in about 15 minutes! Now THIS was a dip that this proud Hoya could enter in the contest and hold my head high.
Now, here’s where I need your help! This dip contest works a lot like the bball tournament. There are an Elite Eight dips (including mine!) all ready to compete for votes…but in a matter of days, the field will be cut to four. Then two. Then one! And the dips that survive will be the ones that get enough votes to move on. The rest will sadly pack up and go home to wait for the next season. And I don’t want to go home!
So while I realize I probably have no hope of getting the Syracuse votes, I’m hoping the rest of you will vote my dip into championship status by going to the Lipton Dip To Win website (click here to get there) and voting for my dip! And here’s the best part – everyone who votes will not only get some fabulous dip ideas, but you’ll also have a chance to win big—once you vote you be eligible to win one of 30 dip warmers from Lipton, plus one lucky voter will win $1,500. $1500!! That can buy a lot of bacon! And everyone who votes will have my undying love and affection of course. The voting directions are on the Lipton site, but just so you have ’em here too, here goes:
2. Select your favorite food blogger dip…that would be the Slam Dunk BLT Dip, I’m sure!… by clicking the little dot next to the recipe name.
3. Fill in your info at the bottom of the page.
4. Follow the prompt to pin your favorite dip to any of your Pinterest boards. (You have to pin from the Lipton recipe page, NOT from here, so that you are entered into the contest. And you WANT to be entered in the contest!)
In the meantime here is both a picture of my own self in my Georgetown days…
…and my Slam Dunk BLT Dip…here’s hoping it’s a winner!
- 2 cups sour cream
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 packet Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup and Dip Mix
- 8 slices bacon, cooked until crispy and torn into bite sized pieces
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
- 2 cups firm lettuce (romaine or iceberg are best!), torn into small pieces
- Toasted bread, chips, crackers or celery
- Put sour cream, mayonnaise and Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup and Dip Mix into a medium mixing bowl and stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. This part can be done ahead of time and refrigerated if you like!
- Right before serving, take a ¼ cup each of the tomatoes and the lettuce and set aside to use for garnish. Add the rest of the tomatoes and lettuce along with the bacon to the mixing bowl and stir them into the sour cream mixture until everything is well combined.
- Spoon the dip into your favorite serving dish. Scatter the reserved tomatoes and lettuce on top and serve with toasted bread, chips, crackers, celery or anything else that catches your fancy!