Million Dollar Dip

Million Dollar Dip AKA Neiman Marcus Dip is a cheese spread like no other! Loaded with almonds, bacon and cheese, this savory dip will quickly disappear.

Earlier this week we shared our Neiman Marcus cookie recipe, and today we’re sticking with that theme and sharing this Million Dollar Dip which is also called Neiman Marcus Dip.

Just like this cookies deserve the fame they got, so does this cheese dip. It’s rich and savory and pairs perfectly with crackers. Serve this as a party appetizer for your next gathering of family and friends.

crackers and neiman marcus dip in a bowl

About this Million Dollar Dip Recipe:

  • Flavor: This dip has a cheesy bacon taste. Those are the two overriding flavors. Everything else is slightly mild with a little tang from the onion.
  • Texture: Loaded with texture? Yes it is! This is not a smooth and creamy dip so may not be for those who don’t love texture in their foods. The almonds have a little bit of crunch at first, but soften slightly as they sit in the cheese spread.

Where did Million Dollar Dip come from?

Helen Corbitt was the Director of Food Services for Neiman Marcus stores. They had a restaurant in their Dallas flagship store called the Zodiac Room. I’m not sure if this cheese spread was served there, but it is featured in Helen’s self-titled cookbook Helen Corbitt’s Cookbook. I own this cookbook so got this original recipe right from that book.

In the cookbook it’s called Almond Bacon Cheese Spread. And I think “spread” is a better word than “dip” because it is so thick. It’s easy to spread it on a cracker than to dip the cracker in, almost like the consistency of cream cheese.

Where did the “million dollar” part come from? I’m not sure, but I’m betting it’s cause it tastes like a million bucks!

Ingredients

There are 6 ingredients in this dip:

  • Almonds. I used slivered almonds, but almond slices would work as well.
  • Bacon. Cook the bacon til crisp and drain off any fat, then crumble it. Use 2-3 slices as you’d like. I choose 3 because…bacon. Need a time saver? Buy real bacon bits and use them.
  • Cheese. The original recipe calls for American cheese. In my years of recipe writing I’ve found more people prefer sharp cheddar cheese over American, so that’s what I used. If you want to use what Helen used, choose American.
  • Mayo. This is what holds the ingredients together and makes it spreadable.
  • Green onions. Or you can use chives.
  • Salt. With the bacon and cheddar, it doesn’t take much salt. And if you are super sensitive to salt, you may just want to leave it out.

How to Make Million Dollar Dip

Simply mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. Make sure everything is combined well. Then cover and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours so that the flavors can combine. Then it’s ready to serve.

cheese, bacon, almonds, onions and mayo in a bowl

There are many, many variations to this recipe on the world wide web. One of the most common additions are to add ½ teaspoon garlic powder or minced garlic to the dip. Because garlic is never a bad idea. Or you could add a dash of cayenne pepper if you a like a hint of spice.

Serving Suggestions

This creamy cheese spread is best served with Ritz crackers, carrots, celery and other strong crackers or pretzels and vegetables.

overhead view of a charcuterie board with million dollar dip

Storage Instructions

Store this dip in the fridge for up to 5 days. I do not recommend freezing this dip. Thankfully it makes just a small amount.

ritz cracker dipping into million dollar dip
ritz cracker dipping into million dollar dip

Million Dollar Dip {Neiman Marcus Dip}

4.55 from 11 votes
Million Dollar Dip AKA Neiman Marcus Dip is a cheese spread like no other! Loaded with almonds, bacon and cheese, this savory dip will quickly disappear.
Servings 10
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • ¼ cup roasted almonds
  • 3 strips bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 4 ounces
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions or chives
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.
  • Garnish with green onions or chives and crumbled bacon.
  • Serve with crackers, vegetables, corn chips or tortilla chips.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Notes

  • The recipe first appeared in Helen Corbitt’s Cookbook by Helen Corbitt with the title of Almond Bacon Cheese Spread. Helen was the Director of Food Services for Neiman Marcus.
  • Original Recipe used American cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 133IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 204
Keyword cheese dip, easy party appetizer, game day

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About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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