Smoky Maple Bacon Dip — Lightened Up Appetizer

Smoky Maple Bacon Dip features healthier turkey bacon and low fat cream cheese, but plenty of flavor from smoky maple syrup and spices. A healthy starter for your holiday celebration or other gathering.




  1. Take the cream cheese out of the refrigerator 20 to 30 minutes prior to starting the dip so it will begin to soften.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add the turkey bacon, cook for about 5 minutes, the flip to cook until both sides are browned, about 10 minutes total cooking time. Remove the bacon from the pan, and set aside to cool on a paper towel.
  3. Add the garlic to the a food processor, and give it a whir to mince the garlic.
  4. Add the cream cheese to the food processor, and puree so that it gradually becomes smooth. It takes a few minutes, so some patience is needed. You can add an extra tablespoon olive oil if it looks like it needs something to get to a smooth consistency.
  5. Add the sage, rosemary, cayenne and cumin, and puree again. Add both kinds of maple syrup, puree that into the mixture.
  6. Break the turkey bacon into bits. Add half of the bacon to the food processor along with the baby spinach. Puree to incorporate into the dip.
  7. To serve, place the tip in the middle of serving platter, and sprinkle the remaining bacon bits on top. Serve with chips or raw vegetables. The dip can be saved in the fridge for serving later.
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