Monday, November 9

Bacon Cream Cheese

Last month, I shared this cream cheese post and recently tried it out for brunch. It turned out great and was super easy.

Garlic-Bacon-Basil Cream Cheese
A Bristow Fresh take on a P&L creation

1 head of garlic, roasted
1 pkg bacon, fried ( I like thick cut bacon)
1 pkg cream cheese, softened
2-3 sprigs of basil
1 french baguette
salt + pepper to taste
olive oil or butter

{+} Roast garlic, unpeeled for about 10 minutes. I use a toaster oven but you can do it in the oven or on the stove top. Remember to turn frequently to avoid burning. When cooled, peel skin and roughly chop.

{+} Cook bacon and chop into small pieces. Set aside a handful for garnish.

{+} Roughly chop basil. Set aside a handful for garnish.

{+} Slice bread at a diagonal. Brush with butter or olive oil. Sprinkle with freshly cracked pepper and a pinch of salt. Toast until golden brown.

In a food processor, combine all ingredients (except bread and garnish, duh) and blend for a few minutes until creamy and ingredients are blended. Spread cream cheese mixture onto toasted baguettes. Garnish with bacon and fresh basil.

I whipped this out in about twenty minutes. Everything goes pretty fast so get all your ingredients prepped so you don't burn anything. Next time I'm going to try this with cilantro instead of basil. And be creative with your toppings. Sun-dried tomatoes, pistachios, or mushrooms would be fantastic too. Happy cooking!

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