Gooey cheesy skillet cheeseburger dip for a crowd…. oh yes! Cabot Colby Jack is the perfect foil for this ridiculously cheesy-bacon-burger creation. Halve the recipe for a smaller gathering and bake in a 5” skillet and make all your bacon cheeseburger dreams come true.
½ teaspoon canola oil
1 pound lean ground beef
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon tomato paste
8 ounces Cabot Cream Cheese, at room temperature or briefly warmed in a microwave
2 8 ounce bars Cabot Colby Jack Cheese, shredded (about 4 cups)
1 large onion, chopped, divided
1½ cups dill pickles, chopped, divided
6-8 strips bacon, cooked crisp and chopped or crumbled
1 package prepared Pizza Dough, thawed if frozen
2 tablespoons Cabot Salted Butter, melted
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
Prep: 25 mins | Cook: 45 mins | Total: 1 hr 10 mins
REMOVE the pizza dough from the refrigerator about ½ hour before making the dip, and let it sit at room temperature. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
SAUTÉ ground beef in a 9-10” cast iron skillet until cooked, breaking beef into small pieces. Drain any fat and place the beef in a medium bowl. Add salt, onion powder, tomato paste, cream cheese and ¾ of the shredded cheese. Add ½ of the chopped onion and 1 cup of the chopped dill pickles. Stir to combine.
CLEAN the skillet and spray lightly with pan spray. Place the beef and cheese mixture in cast iron skillet and top with the remaining shredded cheese. Set aside while you prepare the dough for the “buns”.
CUT the pizza dough into small portions, approximately 25-30 pieces the size of a cherry tomato. Place the dough balls around the outside edge of the skillet, nestling them together if needed, to fit. Brush the dough with the melted butter and sprinkle sesame seeds on top of the buttered “buns”.
BAKE for 20-25 minutes or until the buns are golden and the cheese is bubbling. Remove from the oven and top with the crumbled bacon, remaining onion and dill pickles. Drizzle (or dollop) ketchup and mustard over the top. Hearty ruffled potato chips, french fries, as well as the “buns” make fantastic dippers.
*WARNING* dip (and skillet) is very hot straight out of the oven and needs to sit for at least 5 minutes before eating.