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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  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.

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