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 attractiofn!

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, cheddar cheese, green onions, bacon, almonds, and garlic.

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.

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.”

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.

To refrigerate this dip: Add dip to a bowl with a sealable lid. Secure lid and store in the refrigerator for up to two days. When ready to serve, you can set the dip out immediately; there’s no need to let it get to room temperature first. This dip is best served chilled.

Due to the mayonnaize in the recipe, freezing this dip is not recommended.

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.

Million Dollar Dip Step 1 - Add mayonnaise. Million Dollar Dip Step 1 - Add cheddar cheese. Million Dollar Dip Step 1 - Add green onion. Million Dollar Dip Step 1 - Add bacon bits. Million Dollar Dip Step 1 - Add silvered pecans. Million Dollar Dip Step 1 - Add garlic.

Step 2 – Mix the ingredients well.

Million Dollar Dip Step 2 - Stir well. Million Dollar Dip Step 2 - Mix well. Million Dollar Dip Step 2 - Stir until combined.

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

Million Dollar Dip Step 3 - Serve in a decorative bowl. Million Dollar Dip Step 3 - Add chips to plate. Million Dollar Dip Step 3 - Serve with chips for dipping.

Step 4 – Enjoy!
The recipe for Neiman Marcus Cheese Dip by Helen Corbitt

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
3.68 from 581 votes

Million Dollar Dip

5 mins prep
504 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.
  • Serve dip immediately with tortilla chips or other snacks for dipping.

Notes

Recipe lightly adapted from Wide Open Eats.

Nutrition

Calories: 504kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 635mg | Potassium: 99mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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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87 comments

    • Marnie

    You can also serve this on rye cocktail bread. Bake in oven till cheese melted slightly..

    • Kathy
    • 5 stars

    This dip is great! I kinda did my own thing with the base. I used 1 block of cream cheese and about 1/2 cup Mayo. I toasted the almonds too. It was pretty salty so I added about 1/2 cup of sour cream and then it was perfect. It was great with red peppers and celery. It’s a keeper!

    • Erma Beckford

    This sounds sooooo good! I’m going to make it for our Christmas Eve family party. (Hey, I might add a block of cream cheese too, like Cristine!)

    • Thongdee Jansuk

    Very good

    • Christine hall

    Hi I made this dip thinking a black of cream cheese went in it too. Imagine my surprise…..it was delicious that way too!

      • Marcie

      I also first thought it was cream cheese! I bet it’s good either way!

    • Jenn
    • 5 stars

    I have been making this for a number of years and spoon it onto sliced french baguette and bake it in the over @ 350F for until the cheese melts a little – serve them warm- I’ve always called them Mary Vickers.

    • Sandra

    Love, love this dip!!! I added Cavender’s seasoning, garlic salt, red pepper, and Tony’s. Didn’t measure, just added small amounts to taste!!! It was delicious!!!

    • Cheryl A Inness

    I just made this for the Super Bowl Game tomorrow but for a crowd you will have to double the ingredients. Taste really good. I used just Miricle Whip as we are not Mayo people

    • Eileen

    Poking forward to receiving the recipes.

    • Lois Goodwin ♥️

    I have a recipe similar to this that I follow and it uses 4 oz of cream cheese in addition to this and real bacon but other than that the recipe’s the same and it turns out really well!

    • L Call

    My stomach can’t handle raw onion. Can an herb be substituted for the onion. ( like basil, cilantro, parsley, etc)

    • Stacey
    • 1 star

    I made this and threw it out. WAY to much mayo. I honestly think it would have been better using cream cheese.

      • Julie

      I agree. Way too much mayo. Still too much even after adding another cup of cheese.

    • Betty

    Can I use Miracle Whip

      • Kaye

      I’m saying that as a miracle person. Yes everyone always says oh you will ruin it. But every time I go ahead and use it and end up loving it. Just sayen

    • Pam

    Yummy, star of potluck today!

    • Luciana Carvalho

    I just saw this recipe today and I would like to know if I can use other ingredient in a place of mayonnaise?
    Thanks!!

      • Kelcee

      I would guess sour cream or even plain yogurt – just add some additional seasonings. I was going to make this today and use half mayo and half sour cream. Maybe a little softened cream cheese, too.

        • Shawn

        I would definitely use at least half mayo half sour cream/Greek yogurt…all mayo is just too much…had to add a couple Tbls of dry ranch mix to cover the overwhelming taste of mayo…other than that is pretty good

      • Donna

      I make similar dip and use just sour cream. It’s delicious.

        • Stephanie

        I make with half mayo and half cream cheese ranch powder and whole kernel corn.