Cheezy Cheddar Bacon Spread / Dip

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Cheezy Cheddar Bacon Spread / Dip
Serves 8
One of my favorite cheese dip/spreads just bursting with smokey, bacon flavor.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  2. 3⁄4 cup Sour Cream
  3. 1⁄2 cup Mayonnaise (or Salad Dressing)
  4. 8 each Bacon Strips, cooked crisp and chopped
  5. 2 Tbsp. Bacon Grease
  6. 1⁄2 cup Green Onions, sliced 1/8" on bias
  7. 1⁄4 cup Red Bell Pepper, minced and patted dry
  8. 2 drops Liquid Smoke
  9. - Freshly Ground Black
Instructions
  1. Fry bacon until crisp. Strain and reserve bacon grease and chop bacon and reserve.
  2. In a food processor with an "s" blade, blend together cheddar cheese, sour cream and 2 Tbsp. of the bacon grease.
  3. Remove blended contents into a mixing bowl and stir in chopped bacon, green onion, red bell pepper and liquid smoke seasoning. Adjust consistency with a little hot water if necessary to arrive at a dip-able or spread-able consistency of your choice.
  4. After placing dip in service dish of your choice, lightly garnish with freshly grated black pepper.
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