Warm Blue Cheese, Bacon & Garlic Dip

7 slices bacon, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

8 ounce cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup half and half

4 ounce blue cheese crumble (1 cup)

2 Tbs. chopped fresh chives

3 Tbs. chopped smoked almonds (1 oz.)

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-heat until almost crisp, about 7 minutes.  Drain excess fat from skillet.  Add Garlic and cook until bacon is crisp, about 3 minutes.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Beat cream cheese until smooth.  Add half and half and mix until combined.  Stir in bacon mixtures, blue cheese, and chives.  Transfer to a 2 cup ovenproof serving dish and cover with foil.  Bake until thoroughly heated, about 30 minutes.  Sprinkle with chopped almonds.  Serve with sliced apples, toasted pita crisps or French bread.

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