Monday, October 22, 2012

Bacon & White Cheddar Ranch Dip (a.k.a. – Crack Dip) + Handmade Potato Chips | Secret Recipe Club



Fall has arrived.  The leaves are turning a golden color along with a subtle crispness in the air and the days are getting shorter.  Pumpkins and mums adorn porches across America.  Halloween is around the corner.  Christmas decorations are up for sale already at many retail establishments. How did 2012 fly by so quickly?

The time has arrived for the Secret Recipe Club big reveal for group C.  If you are not familiar with the Secret Recipe Club, let me quickly share with you the premise.  It is an online cooking club where once a month food bloggers are secretly matched with another member to select a recipe from that blog. They choose a favorite recipe to make and everyone puts up the post on Monday morning at the same time for the big reveal.  It is fun to explore other blogs, select a favorite recipe and put your own spin on it.  If you are interested in joining in on the fun, simply click here.


For October, I was paired with Julie from Julie’s Eats andTreats.  Julie, her hubby Jason and official taste tester and their new baby live in Minnesota. Julie started her blog in 2010 as a method of sharing her love of cooking with friends and family.  Her creative juices are quenched with her blog and she is constantly updating her blog as her thirst for learning new things continues.  Julie’s recipes are simple yet packed full of flavor.  I can only imagine that her hubby probably eats really well along with her friends and family.


After browsing through her vast array of tasty recipes, one recipe kept haunting me and I knew I needed to try it.  The name alone – “Crack Dip” caught my eye and peaked my curiosity to know what is in this crack dip. Not only is it one of her most popular posts, I knew it had to be delicious.  I changed the ingredients slightly by cooking some Apple wood Smoked Bacon to use instead of bacon bits.  In addition, I used white cheddar cheese and added finely minced green onions for an added pop of flavor. 

Instead of serving store bought potato chips, I opted to make handmade potato chips that are oven fried.  They could not have been easier to make and the taste was remarkable.  This dip is a perfect weekend snack to enjoy while watching your favorite television show, sports game or movie during a cool autumn day.  Thank you Julie for a wonderful dip recipe!


Bacon & White Cheddar Ranch Dip (a.k.a. – Crack Dip) + Handmade Potato Chips

16 oz. Sour Cream
1 Packet Ranch Dressing Mix
6 Slices Apple wood Smoked Bacon, cooked crisp and cut into small pieces
1 Cup White Cheddar Cheese, shredded
½ Cup Green onions, finely minced

Add all of the above ingredients to a medium sized bowl and mix well.  Let rest in the refrigerator for at least one hour to develop the flavors.

Handmade Potato Chips

Makes about 30 to 35 chips per potato

1 Large Russet Potato
1/4 Cup Olive oil
Salt

Heat oven to 425 degrees

Rinse the russet potato.  Use a mandolin to cut the potato into thin slices.   Add to a bowl of cold water and then dry with a paper towel. Use a non-stick baking sheet.  In a bowl add about ¼ cup olive oil.  After the potato slice has been rinsed in the water bath and dried, dip in the olive oil and lightly coat with olive oil.  Using your fingers, push away excess olive oil, then lay onto the non-stick baking sheet.  Be careful to have each slice not touch.  Once the sheet is filled, back for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.  Halfway through the cooking process flip the potatoes for even cooking.  Remove onto a paper towel and sprinkle with salt.






29 comments:

  1. I know what I'm making for football Sunday this week! Yum!!

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  2. This recipe is perfect for football season! Yummy! ;)

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  3. Glad to hear you liked it! And yes, my family and friends eat quite well around here. In fact a co-worked walked into my office this morning quite disapointed that I hadn't brought treats this Monday am!

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  4. I can not make this...must resist...it has all that I love, cheese, bacon, salty, crunchy...forget it, resistance is futile...I'm making it now.

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  5. I'm pretty sure that I would hide in the corner and eat this all myself. It sounds unbelievable! Love the name too!

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  6. Oh my goodness, this is what I am serving at our next party. Sounds dangerously delish!

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  7. EXCELLENT choice! I'm pretty sure I would eat this entire bowl in one sitting! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  8. Oh my goodness, I can see why this is called crack dip! It looks dangerously addictive and I love the handmade potato chips!

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  9. Lisa, thank you! There is a school event this week and I will make it for there! Looks so wonredful.

    Greetings from Europe!

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  10. I've never had crack, but if it looks and tastes anything like this, I am sold! Yummmmmm!

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  11. Crack dip?!?!?!? hahahaha I can see how this could be addictive (overly and truly addictive).

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  12. Crave worthy! I could polish off a batch for myself. Oh my!

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  13. I want to make my own chips, I just haven't done it yet. One of these days it will make it to the top of the list. This dip looks incredible! Definitely a hit here!

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  14. I have no doubt this dip is good, with those flavors and ingredients you can't go wrong. Love the homemade potato chips.

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  15. I'm not sure which would be more like crack - the chips or the dip! OMGoodness, they both look amazing!

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  16. Hi Lisa! Thanks to our crazy transition I never got ONE comment posted last month. So, I'm delinquent saying thank you for the lovely post on my pumpkin rolls. I've been craving them again since you posted the blog :-) Love the handmade potato chips here. I've got two potatoes left in the bag and there's a football game away on Sunday so I might just have to make some... All my best, Kate

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  17. Great recipe choice Lisa!
    Perfect dip to share for a football game party or tailgate, love the chips too!

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  18. Oh, how I love homemade potato chips! And that dip looks out-of-this-world!

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  19. OMG, that does look like crack dip! Love it.

    Can I ask a question? How do you put the writing on your photos - is it a type of software? I am VERY technically challenged!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I use a photo editing software that has the ability to place text on to your photos! Hope that helps!

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  20. Crack dip???? This is a must try! It sounds amazing...especially with your homemade potato chips :)

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  21. wow, home made potato crisps - now that is something I have to try :)

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  22. This looks incredible. I wonder if there is a way to make this dip using plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I am starting to see greek yogurt based dips at the Berkeley Bowl, and they are pretty good -- but pricey! I feel an experiment coming on! I'm new to this blog and it's WONDERFUL!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and the kind words. I think yogurt would be amazing in this dip, especially a great plain greek yogurt. Great suggestion!

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  23. Crack dip indeed! I would inhale that entire bowl, especially with your handmade potato chips to go along with it. I really do love the personal touches you put on each of the Secret Recipe Club recipes. :)

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  24. Not sure how I missed this on the last reveal day. But I'm definitely bookmarking this one. This would be a great app for my family's Christmas Eve gathering. We are all about chips and dip. ;)

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  25. Stop the presses! This sounds like the most ridiculous, deliciously addictive dip recipe I've heard about in a LONG time. We're celebrating our favorite holiday recipes this month on the Shine Supper Club and a recipe like this would be an amazing contribution. I hope you'll join us!

    PS I LOVE the name of your blog. :)

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  26. Crack dip seems an appropriate name here-yummers!

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