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!
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.
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:
- Tortilla chips
- Ritz crackers
- Saltine crackers
- Wheat thins
- Mild veggies like cucumbers, squash, zucchini, or celery
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!
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.
Recipe lightly adapted from Wide Open Eats.