Also called Neiman Marcus Cheese Dip, this almond, bacon, and cheese recipe started out as a spread and quickly become a crowd-pleasing million dollar dip that’s lasted the test of time. It’s perfect for making in advance and best served chilled.

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Million Dollar Dip! Also called Neiman Marcus Cheese Dip, this almond, bacon, and cheese recipe started out as a spread and quickly become a crowd-pleasing million dollar dip that's lasted the test of time. It's perfect for making in advance and best served chilled. | HomemadeHooplah.com

About Million Dollar Dip

I’ve been venturing more into the realm of savory dips lately, and, you guys. I have been overwhelmed by the amount of tasty hors d’oeuvres out there that I apparently knew nothing about.

Or, more accurately, that my friends did not feel the need to tell me about.

C’mon, you guys!

Yes, my real-life friends, I’m looking at you.

I’m constantly at your homes, staking your appetizer trays, completely ignoring your main course while I shamelessly fill up on finger foods. I love shrimp cocktail way more than rationally possible as much as the next person but why would you continue to serve it when there are options like this million dollar dip out there?

I’m going to assume that you are just like me and no one had has been kind enough to introduce you this bowl of absolute deliciousness.

But don’t worry.

I am going to be that kind friend for you.

So get ready for a party at my house, and this dip will be the main attraction!

Step by step instructions for the million dollar dip recipe

What is in million dollar dip?

The best party dips tend to be the simplest ones, and that stays true for this recipe.

To make your own million dollar dip, all you need is six ingredients:

  • Mayonnaise – For creating the ultra-creamy base of the dip.
  • Cheddar cheese – Because every tasty dip needs some cheesy goodness.
  • Green onion – For a pop of color and light crunchy texture.
  • Bacon – Because bacon makes everything better. And best of all, I highly recommend using pre-cooked bacon bits. I know freshly cooked bacon is a thing of beauty, but once it’s chopped up and mixed with the other ingredients you’ll be wishing you had saved yourself the trouble of dealing with bacon grease. Bacon is a flavor in this recipe – not the showcase – so you’re more than forgiven for taking the shortcut here.
  • Slivered almonds – For a light flavor and more delicious crunch.
  • Garlic – Adds simply delicious flavor.

Why is it called million dollar dip?

Also called “Neiman Marcus Cheese Dip,” this recipe originally appeared in Helen Corbitt’s Cookbook by Helen Corbitt. However, Helen apparently envisioned this to be a cheese spread, seeing as she originally titled the recipe “Almond-Bacon-Cheese Spread.” Rumor is that it was first served as a dip in the Zodiac Room, which is where the Neiman Marcus reference comes from.

But no matter how you serve it or what you call it, the recipe itself has stood the test of time and continues to be a party favorite.

I don’t know about you, but that’s all the confirmation I need that it really does taste like a “million dollars.”

How long is Million Dollar Dip good for?

Once prepared, million dollar dip can be stored in a sealed container or in the refrigerator for up to three to five days. And this dip can be served directly from the refrigerator; there’s no need to allow it to come to room temperature first (unless that’s your preference.)

Can you freeze Million Dollar Dip?

Bad news here, guys. Due to the mayonnaise in this dip, I can’t recommend freezing it. Mayonnaise is an emulsion, and the consistency of an emulsion will completely break down during the freezing process. The flavor will remain the same but the texture will change in a way that many may feel is off-putting.

For best results, try to enjoy this dip when it’s freshly made.

Can you make this dip in advance?

One of the most common questions I get about party dips is whether or not you can make them in advance. I totally understand why someone would want to do this, as it’s easier to prepare treats for a party the night before than scrambling to get everything done the day of the event.

The good news is that the answer to this question is almost always yes, and that is the case for this dip.

In fact, this dip might even taste better after it’s had some time to marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours.

For best presentation, million dollar dip can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days before serving.

The Almond-Bacon-Cheese dip that was served at the Zodiac Room

How long can you leave out a party dip?

Whenever you serve a dip for your guests to enjoy, you should always keep track of how long it sits at room temperature.

For most foods, the general rule of thumb is that a perishable item should not be in the “danger zone” for more than two hours. And by “danger zone”, this is usually at or just above room temperature. I recommend preparing this dip with chilled ingredients or serving it chilled, as this should give you more time (about one hour) before the dip reaches room temperature.

So, in total, this dip can be left out for “about” three hours, depending on the start temperature and the temperature of the room. However, be sure to still check the dip every now and then – mayonnaise can be tricky like that.

Once you pass the recommended time, you can cover the dip and place it back in the refrigerator. If your guests still want more dip, let it chill for at least 30 minutes before bringing it back out again.

What can you serve with a savory party dip?

When it comes to party dips, there are so many options for dipping! Feel free to use any (or many!) from the list below:

More savory party dips

How to make million dollar dip

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a large bowl, add mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, green onions, bacon bits, slivered almonds, and garlic.

Step 2 – Mix the ingredients well.

Step 3 – Serve in a festive bowl with chips for dipping.

Step 4 – Enjoy!

Recipe Details

Million Dollar Dip! Also called Neiman Marcus Cheese Dip, this almond, bacon, and cheese recipe started out as a spread and quickly become a crowd-pleasing million dollar dip that's lasted the test of time. It's perfect for making in advance and best served chilled. | HomemadeHooplah.com
4.35 from 415 votes

Million Dollar Dip

5 minutes prep
556 kcal
Yields: 6 servings
Also called Neiman Marcus Cheese Dip, this almond, bacon, and cheese recipe started out as a spread and quickly become a crowd-pleasing million dollar dip that’s lasted the test of time. It’s perfect for making in advance and best served chilled.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add mayonnaize, cheddar cheese, green onions, bacon bits, slivered almonds, and garlic. Use a spatula to thoroughly mix all ingredients together.
    1 1/2 cups mayonnaise, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 4 green onions, 1/2 cup pre-cooked bacon bits, 1/2 cup slivered almonds, 1 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
  • Serve dip immediately with tortilla chips or other snacks for dipping.
    tortilla chips

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 556kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 636mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 308IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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105 comments

    • John Jacob Jingle
    • 5 stars

    I only added half the mayo amount and added 3/4 c cream cheese to maintain the creamy consistency. I recommend using only 2 green onion. Also, if you have time, grate the cheddar (as opposed to buying shredded) and cook the bacon yourself and add it – makes the flavor a little more robust. Lastly, I added some freshly ground black pepper to give it a little zing. Love this recipe!

    • Michael
    • 5 stars

    Great Dip..!!
    I make it per recipe but add grilled/chopped shrimp to the mix and serve it warm… YUM❤️❤️
    I also reserve some of the green onion and bacon to sprinkle on top. Try your favorite crackers as well…
    Add chili oil and reduce mayo for some heat…😋

    • Jeannie

    It sucks! I’ve had way better dips that I could call million dollar dip!!!!

    • Aggie Cook

    I added about 1/3 cup 1000 island dressing. That helped cut all the mayo. I didnt have almonds so i used pistachios and that worked as well. Regardless it was all eaten.

    • MaryAnn

    What can you add instead of the almonds?

    • Ree

    Hi Can you serve this hot

    • Daryl

    I wouldn’t call this a million dollar dip. Way too much mayo and I didn’t use as much as it called for.. Did not like it.

    • Susan

    Can it be made ahead?