Monday, June 27, 2011

Caramelized Onion Dip

It's become a bit of a running joke in my circle of friends that I hate onion dip.  I'm sure you know the one I'm talking about - onion soup mix, stirred into sour cream?  Everyone else seems to love it, and it's always a staple at parties, tailgates, and get-togethers.  However, I'm just not crazy about it, and it does nothing for me.  But to use caramelized onions as the base?  I can get behind that!  I first made this dip for my birthday party this year, and I was immediately smitten.  So when I planned my Trashy to Classy Cocktail Party last month, I knew it was the perfect dish to include.  Obviously just serving it as a dip wasn't classy enough though, so I turned it into a canape of sorts by piping the dip onto a homemade potato chip, and garnishing with a fresh parsley leaf.  These looked so cute, and were a great addition to my menu - the dip is familiar to everyone, but it was just classed up.  I actually only assembled enough to fit on my serving tray, so I put out the rest in the kitchen as chips and dip - and both were gone in no time.

The dip is really easy to make, and can be made ahead - actually I think it tastes best on the second or third day.  So it is a great choice for entertaining.  When I've made this in the pat, I just serve it with kettle chips or a good-quality store bought brand, but making your own chips definitely takes them to the next level.  It's certainly not necessary, but it sure was tasty.

Since it's summer and I'm in Georgia, I couldn't help but to use Vidalia onions in my dip, and it made it even more special.  I also have decreased the butter, as it can seem kind of greasy otherwise.  Finally, I'm not noting this in the recipe, but I've subbed out part of the mayo for Greek yogurt in the past as well - it's just a personal preference for me because I'm not a huge mayo fan, and can find the flavor overpowering. 

If you're looking for an appetizer to take to a Fourth of July cookout this weekend, this makes a great option - and I may just be coming around to onion dip after all :-)

Caramelized Onion Dip
adapted from The Barefoot Contessa, by Ina Garten
  • 2 large yellow or Vidalia onions
  • 3 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
 Cut the onions in half and slice them into 1/8-inch thick slices.  You should have about 3 cups of onions. *

Heat the butter and oil in a large saute pan on medium heat.  Add the onions, cayenne, salt, and pepper and saute for 10 minutes.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 more minutes, until the onions are browned and caramelized.  Allow to cool slightly.

Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  Beat until smooth, add the onions, and mix until well-combined.  Taste for seasonings.  Serve immediately, or chill to serve later.  Bring to room temperature before serving.

*When I made this dip for the party, I actually diced the onions to make for easier piping.  Both work fine, but if you dice them, they will caramelize a little faster, so just keep an eye on them.


Made in Sonoma said...

I once made an caramelized onion blue cheese dip and it was amazing. I know I would love this one too!

Cate said...

I'm a HUGE fan of that onion soup mix dip, but this looks so much better!

Anonymous said...

This dip looks fantastic! Beautiful recipe.

shanon said...

I agree-my dad loves the ready-made dip, and I refuse to buy it when we have family get-togethers. (although I always do end up eating it). Yours looks way better than that other stuff. I'm going to try this next time we have a family cook-out!

Courtney said...

You're going to laugh when you see my post tomorrow. It's quite simlar to this one. :) Though the one I made didn't have cream cheese, so I'll have to make this version soon. I love the homemade potato chips - definitely classy!

Pam said... has a similar recipe posted today. Theirs includes thyme and also a green onion as well, but it does not include the cream cheese your does. I have to say I'm loving the idea of mayo, cream cheese and sour cream! Yummy.

Unknown said...

What a yummy looking appetizer! I bet it would be good on a sandwich too! Love the caramelized onions instead of the package mix, definitely a step up!

Tracy said...

Love the presentation too!

CavGlaz said...

Tried this for the 4th and it was a huge hit! I added a bit of fresh dill and garlic. Thanks for the great recipe.

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