Southern Baked Pie: Spicy Bourbon Maple Hot Bacon & Cheddar Dip

A delicious southern inspired recipe perfect for sharing!

Distilled: Spicy Bourbon Maple Hot Bacon & Cheddar Dip

Southern Baked Pie, Spicy Bourbon Maple Hot Bacon and Dip. There is not a single word in that statement that we don't love. Honestly, what could be better than a collaboration with friends behind a cookbook and company we love, who create Southern Baked Piesand who shared a recipe from their cookbook that we would have handpicked ourselves and gave us a chance to give it a Pappyfied kick?! 

Well at a recent gathering at Chenault's house on a delightful early summer evening, we did just that. We did a few of the things that we love best. Gathered with new friends, taste tested insanely delicious food, whipped up delicious cocktails, and sat, ate, talked and laughed until late in the evening. If this is work, then sign us up!

We say it time and time again, but that only means it really is true. One of the most enjoyable aspects of running this little business is the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded businesses who are more like friends than associates.  We met Amanda from Southern Baked Pie, based in Gainseville, Georgia, a few years ago at the Southern C Summit. We instantly connected over our  shared passions as two small southern, women-founded, businesses and similar entrepreneurial spirit.

We kept in touch over the years, knowing an opportunity would present itself to work together, and when we decided to create a Pappy X Southern Baked Pie bundle for Father's Day, we took it one step further and made sure to get her to town for a visit!  Naturally, that visit turned into a dinner party with her sharing her delicious variety of, you guessed it, Southern Baked Pies, and this yummy appetizer that disappeared almost as soon as we took it out of the oven!

This scrumptious appetizer is that perfect combination: easy to assemble with simple  ingredients you probably already have, but with an outcome of bubbling, cheesy, bacon goodness. We couldn't resist adding the uniquely sweet and subtly spicy kick from our Spicy Syrup, with the signature flavor of our Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel-Aged Syrup that has been infused with the sweet and spicy heat of our barrel-aged pepper mash, drizzled over hot sizzling bacon straight from the oven for can't beat flavor. This appetizer is as easy to share as it is to make, and will be a hit at any gathering! 


What a treat to collaborate on a delicious and easy appetizer from one of our favorite cookbook friends!"
Louise Van Winkle Breen, Co-Founder

Spicy Bourbon Maple Hot Bacon & Cheddar Dip
revised with Southern Baked Pie 

Ingredients For This Recipe:

  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
    1 cup  mayonnaise 
    2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
    1/2 cup chopped green onions

    3 pounds bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled

    12 finely crushed butter crackers


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  

2.  Cook up all your bacon, half way to crispy, take out and drizzle the Spicy Maple Syrup directly onto the bacon strips; continue cooking.  

3. Beat the cream cheese in a bowl until smooth & fluffy. 4. Add in the mayonnaise, cheese, chives, and 1/2 of the bacon; mix well. 

4. Spoon the mixture into a baking dish & sprinkle with the remaining bacon and crushed crackers.  

5.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until brown and bubbly. 

6. Take out and drizzle more of the syrup on top and serve warm with crostini crackers. 

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