So how’s everyone doing on their New Year’s resolutions? If this blog is any indication with the Million Dollar Dip, below? Me? Probably not so great. But hey, it was the Super Bowl last week and I felt like I had to make this dip…
Million Dollar Dip is the dip of many names: ABC Dip, Neiman Marcus Dip, Million Dollar Dip, One Million Dollar Dip. Well, you get the idea.
About Million Dollar Dip:
What IS it? Million Dollar Dip is a handful of ingredients that meld together into one glorious taste explosion. My Million Dollar dip has mayonnaise (and I always add a little cream cheese, just to improve the texture) green onions, just for a bit of freshness, Cheddar cheese, bacon, and almonds. The sometimes name of ABC Dip comes from Almond, Bacon & Cheddar. I don’t know if this dip was ever served at Neiman Marcus or where the name Million Dollar came from.
I’m going to tell you it’s good enough to be served at Neiman Marcus, An awful lot of recipes are credited to Neiman Marcus, including Cowboy Caviar and the Famous $250.00 Chocolate Chip Cookie. If you haven’t heard that tale, I’ll send you over to Eater to get their view on that Cookie Story. I guess that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
But back to the Million Dollar Dip. There is one caveat that’s important. While the Million Dollar Dip is perfectly good the first day, this is an ideal make-ahead recipe. The next day Million Dollar Dip really shines. Everything comes together in some kind of magical alchemy. So if you do have time to make the Million Dollar Dip ahead, go for it!
Making Million Dollar Dip:
Even though it’s not an original ingredient, I always add a touch of cream cheese to add just a little substance to the dip. Make sure to take your cream cheese out ahead so it’s nice and soft. If you forget, put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds.
I like to cook up bacon for Million Dollar Dip – with so few ingredients, a good bacon is important. In a pinch, you could use bacon bits, the real ones, or the precooked bacon, but don’t even bother if you’re going to use those dry bits from the jar. Since this recipe calls for 8 strips of bacon it’s worthwhile pulling out a sheet tray and baking it. See my post on Buffet Style Hotel Bacon for instructions. Baking that bacon just makes everything so much easier. No fuss, no mess. No spatter.
Saving Money on Million Dollar Dip:
Any holiday week is likely to have great sales, and the Super Bowl is no exception – and if you’re into indulging in chips, crackers, and all the accompaniments that go right along with the biggest game day ever, it’s a great time to buy and stock up. Me, I’m getting back to my healthy eating plan…maybe after I make something sweet for Valentine’s day, lol!
Million Dollar Dip
- 4 tablespoons cream cheese, room temperature (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
- 5 green onions, chopped
- 8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
- 8 slices, 1/2 pound bacon cooked & crumbled or 1/2 cup real bacon bits
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
Mix cream cheese and mayo together. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and chill for 12 to 24 hours if time allows.
Serve with Chips or Crackers.
Save a little by regrowing your Green Onions