Oh Friday…I have been looking forward to you since the last time you were here. And to celebrate our favorite day of the week-I bring you Spicy Bacon Cheddar Dip with Fried Gnocchi bites.
Yes, you read that correctly and it IS as good as it sounds.
Self-nominated Game Day chef here again to provide you with mouth-watering munchies during all those hours that will be spent watching people chase a ball this weekend. And that experience will most definitely be better with 87463 of these fried Gnocchi bites dipped in that spicy, salty cheesy bowl of love.
Raise your hand if you love bacon ?*me, me, me, me, me!!!*
Yes, if you didn’t raise your hand, then you are definitely the minority. I am sorry. So just allow the peer pressure to take you away and join ze bacon club. We are so happy here.
I definitely need to give my mama the credit on the inspiration of this recipe. I knew I wanted fried gnocchi but I texted her this: “what would you want to dip tiny crispy potatoes (she is a gnocchi newbie) in at a party?” and quickly received the reply: “something bacon and cheddar-ey”
Moms are good for EVERYTHING guys.
I mean…lightbulb! Why didn’t I think of that? Some foodie I am. What wouldn’t be good dipped in ‘something bacon and cheddar-ey’?!
So, listen to my mom, not me, and serve this luscious bowl of sharp cheddar cheese meets touch-of-spice-jalapeno meets salty bacon, whipped up together in a creamy dip that could serve as dinner.
Like, get a spoon and grab the bowl.
No, don’t listen,? that may lead to tummy problems…*moderation, Brittany, good grief*
Don’t fall in love with this appetizer on looks alone though…because it comes together quickly and is ready to be served in less than 30 minutes!
A simple pan fry of ingredients, a mix of other ingredients + fried ingredients in the food processor and slab that goodness in a bowl and you are good to go.
If you have never fried gnocchi before, you are in for a treat! It cooks just as fast this way as it does in a bowl of soup! I am talkin’ you better watch them closely because they will be done in a jiffy for you!
If you are going to make this recipe for a crowd, I would definitely fry up two packages of gnocchi, since this sort of makes a TON of dip. And even if you love it as much as I did, and coat each gnocchi with dip to the point of creating a complete mess, you aren’t going to use up this dip with the eh…85 little gnocchi’s in a 16oz package.
So live large people. Load up on gnocchi goodness.
Oh speaking of…we are all going to just agree that we don’t need super detailed nutritional facts on this recipe 0_o Because it depends on your guests’ appetite, but it makes about 3 cups of dip and I recommend adding it to a mini crock pot to keep melty and delicious!
Enjoy your weekend folks! We will be enjoying family this weekend and discussing casseroles next week…so I know you will be back 😉
*Nutritional Information does not include gnocchi, only dip, which makes 12+ servings*
- 1-2 packages of regular gnocchi
- 4 strips of bacon (chopped)
- 1 jalapeno
- ½ onion
- ¾ cup reduced fat sour cream
- 3 tbsp butter
- ½ cup flour
- 2½ cup skim milk
- 1½ cup cheddar (or desired cheese)
- Heat gnocchi in batches to allow gnocchi room to cook in a large skillet. Cook over medium heat until gnocchi brown and crisp and set aside.
- Add chopped bacon to skillet and allow to crisp. Place jalapeno and onion in food processor until minced and add to pan with bacon. Once tender, set aside.
- Add butter to skillet, and whisk in flour until crumbles have formed. Slowly whisk in milk until smooth and allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring when needed to keep from burning.
- Remove skillet from heat and stir in cheddar, allow to cool for 2-3 minutes and add to food processor along with bacon mixture and sour cream.
- Process until smooth and serve with gnocchi immediately or add to mini crock pot.
-Garnish with chopped green onion, slices of tomato, more bacon, cilantro, more cheese (etc.)