Caramelized Onion Dip



Sweet Onion Dip from Our Best Bites introI’ve been making this dip for years and recently a friend of mine couldn’t find the copy I had given her, so I sent her here to Our Best Bites to look up the recipe.  It wasn’t until after some heavy searching, I realized I’ve never posted it here before.  We’re to that point.  The point where I have no idea what’s on here and what’s not, what’s in each book, and which book it’s in.  When people ask where certain recipes are located, my general response is, “I honestly have no idea.”  So, with that being said- this is one of my favorite dips!  Caramelizing onions takes a little effort, but the flip side is that this dip really needs to chill overnight to reach its full potential (and who would want to deny a dip its full potential??) so you can take the time one day and eat easy the next.

First you’ll need to caramelize your onions.  This part is definitely time-consuming, but we’re going to do it in the oven so you at least don’t have to stand at the stove-top babysitting your saute pan.  The oven method is super duper easy and the pan does all the work for you.  You just have to open up the oven and stir them onions a few times.  Start with 4 cups diced onion in a heavy dutch oven (one with a lid).  Two big, sweet onions should do it.  If you’re buying smaller onions (small-medium) you’ll want to get 3.  I toss them with a little melted butter, and a little olive oil.

Cooking Onions 1

Cover your pot and place it in a 400 degree oven.  These will take anywhere from 1-1 1/2 hours, but you’ll need to stir them about every 20 minutes.  They’ll start to wilt and turn golden,

Cooking Onions 2

and by the end they’ll be caramelly brown.  After about an hour I usually turn my oven down from 400 to 350 and push the onions to the middle of the pot to avoid burned pieces on those extra hot edges.  After the onions are done, set them aside to cool.

Caramelized Onions

In the mean time, mix up the base to the dip, a little low-fat mayo, some low-fat sour cream, and some low-fat (not fat free) cream cheese.

Dip componants

Add in a douse of Worcestershire sauce,

Add ins for dip

some salt, thyme, and garlic powder.  Easy breasy.

Stirring Dip

When that’s mixed up, add in those caramelized onions.

Caramelized Onions in dip

You’ll taste it now and it will taste alright, but this dip really needs to be made in advance (preferably a day ahead of time) for the flavors to really shine.  When you taste it the next day, there will be a noticeable difference.

Sweet Onion Dip from Our Best Bites

Those sweet, tender onions are definitely the star, and they’re balanced out by the tang and acidity of the Worcestershire and the creaminess of the sour cream, cream cheese, and mayo.  It’s perfect with your favorite pita chips, crackers, and veggies!

Caramelized Sweet Onion Dip from Our Best Bites




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Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. I made this two nights ago and took it to a party last night. I wish I had doubled the recipe! It is incredible and everyone loved it. I am so glad I listened to you and made the recipe the night before. The flavor changed and was so much better after sitting overnight. Wow. Amazing. Thank you!

  2. I am lovin’ this recipe. I am looking for some special appetizers for Easter. And of course since I am going to be fixing a lot of other dishes, I need simple. Plus it’s always nice to have something that others are going to like and thus eat. I can make this ahead. Yay! I am jazzed.

  3. I just wanna say thank you for your printables. Ya’ll, along with a small handfull of other blogs, have such clean uncluttered recipe print outs. So many out there are junky, too small to read, and difficult to get to. Ya’ll do a great job. THANKS!

  4. Love the balsamic vinegar hint! But I also use a dash of Frank’s hot sauce or Tabasco along with a fresh minced garlic clove and fresh thyme from my garden in place of the dried thyme. And I like the regular cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise, not the fat-free stuff. This is such a treat and is usually made for a crowd — so you don’t eat so much of it that you need to delete all the good-tasting fat! And thanks for the hint about over-night — the flavors “marry” so much that it is twice as good the next day!

  5. I hate onions yet I am tempted by this recipe. Maybe I can convince my mom to make it in case I still cat get over the onions 🙂 that way it wouldn’t be wasted.

    Also that is one freaky ad you have over on the side…the doctors have banned this diet one.

  6. Yumm! My mom has been making Ina Garten’s version of this for years, and it is my absolute favorite! I never make it because the onions take for-e-ver! I can’t wait to try your version in my dutch oven!

  7. I want to thank you again for including nutritional info. It makes it so much easier for people like me to figure out when or whether or not a treat fits into a day’s calorie intake. Now that I’m in my late 40s I can no longer eat whatever I want without budgeting it. This really helps.

  8. This looks yummy, and I really need to try out caramelizing in the oven. I do a similar one, only I use goat cheese in it and throw some good balsamic in with the onion at the end of caramelizing. Another yummy for the tummy!

  9. You can carmelize your onions in the Crock Pot and not have to fuss with stirring them. Cook them on low all day long until they are as dark as you like them (about 8-10 hours).

    1. I love the slow cooker method! I did a whole bag of onions that way and they were incredibly delicious. I used only onions and butter – no liquid or seasoning was necessary. Next time I will do it so that my crock pot runs all night instead of during the day and be ready to remove and refrigerate them when I wake up. That way I’ll have my cooker ready to use again as soon as I wash it. I am going to buy a second slow cooker soon, too, because I love this way of cooking so much, and having something done for you while you do something else is just plain wonderful!

    2. Yep, if you’ve got all day you can do that method. I do prefer in the oven though because I get a little more crisping and caramelizing.

  10. This sounds AMAZING! Is there a way to still do the onions in your oven if you don’t have a dutch oven? I really want to make this!