There are a few flavor combinations that are classically Cuban: the eggy-ness and sweet caramel of a well made flan, malta and condensed milk, roasted pork and the tanginess of mojo, and especially the sweet and creamy combination of guava and cream cheese. This recipe is inspired by one of the many ways we Cubans love to enjoy that last combo: pan con timba, which is bread or Cuban crackers with guava paste and cream cheese. Of course, nothing that makes my mouth happy like a sweet and salty combo, so I invited bacon to this flavor-dance-party. Read more for the recipe for this delicious Bacon Guava Cream Cheese Dip…
BACON GUAVA CREAM CHEESE DIP
8 slices of bacon
2 8oz blocks of cream cheese, softened
(it should be closer to a syrup than a jelly)
(or water crackers if you can’t find them)
Cut the bacon into relatively small pieces, crisp it up in a pan, and set it on some paper towel to drain. Cut a few slices of the guava paste into small cubes and set aside. In a small container that you can put in the oven (this is the one I used) spread a little of the guava marmalade.
Next spread some of your softened cream cheese into the container. Top the cream cheese with some guava paste, bacon, and another heavy drizzle of the guava marmalade. Repeat until your container is topped off, and bake in a 350°F oven for around 10 minutes. Serve warm with Cuban crackers and you’ve got a sweet and salty dip that’s different and will definitely be a hit at your next party!