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Wild Mushroom Bacon Dip

D'Artagnan | Yield: about 4 cups
Adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe, this mushroom-packed dip is smokey, creamy & totally addicting. Serve it with your favorite thick-cut potato chips or (if you're feeling virtuous...) crudités.
Bacon Mushroom Dip Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 dried Porcini Mushrooms
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • 8 slices Hickory Smoked Bacon
  • 1 medium leek, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise, and washed well
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 package Organic Chef’s Mix Mushrooms, trimmed if needed, and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Porcini Powder
  • 1 ½ teapoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1 package (8oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 20 chives, finely chopped

Preparation

  1. In a small bowl, soak porcini in the boiling water until soft, about 30 minutes. Working over the bowl, lift out porcini, and squeeze out liquid. Coarsely chop. Pour liquid through a fine sieve into another bowl, and reserve.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Pour off rendered bacon fat, reserving 1/4 cup. Wipe skillet clean. Coarsely chop bacon.
  3. Return 3 tablespoons bacon fat to skillet. Add leek and garlic; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add chef's mix mushrooms and porcini, then the salt, pepper and porcini powder. Raise heat to high; cook, stirring, until mushrooms are tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Add thyme; cook 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate; let cool.
  4. With an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add sour cream, mix until smooth. By hand, stir in mushrooms, three-quarters of the bacon, chives, and 2 tablespoons porcini liquid. If necessary, add more porcini liquid to reach desired consistency.
  5. Serve with thick-cut potato chips or cut raw veggies. Dip will keep up to 1 week, covered in the fridge.