Caramelized Onion Dip

I will admit that the powdered onion dip mix with sour cream is fabulous.  It may be full of crap, but man I can eat that like I am a teenage boy going through a growth spurt.  But, sometimes you want to wow people with the art of making something homemade that isn’t expected to be homemade.  Here is where this dip comes in.  This dip takes a bit of time and patience because caramelizing onions is all about waiting and stirring.  But, once the onions are done and cooled off all you need to do is combine them with sour cream or for a thicker dip  a combination of sour cream and cream cheese and voila!  Open up your favorite bag of potato chips and get to dipping!  Unless you are trying to get an A+ in entertaining and then by golly make those potato chips yourself!

Caramelized Onion Dip

I chopped the onions into small dices so they were easier to be dipped.  But, I think for presentation, onions that are cut and caramelized in half moons would look beautiful.  I added things like sherry, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce to really drive the homemade flavor.  I did use beef bouillon too for that salty, beefy flavor.  But, if you don’t cook with alcohol, use beef broth and if you aren’t into meat, use vegetable broth.   That is what cooking at home is all about.  Adapting things to fit your needs and your taste.

I also used three different types of onions, but honestly if you just use any onion you want, I won’t tell if you won’t tell…

Carmelized Onion Dip with Chips

Caramelized Onion Dip

  • 1 Red Onion (diced)
  • 1 Yellow Onion (diced)
  • 1 Sweet Yellow Onion (diced)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp White Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Sherry
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1 tbsp Beef Bouillion
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 block of Cream Cheese (regular or low fat)
  • 1 cup Sour Cream (regular or low fat)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Fresh Parsley
  1. In a mixing bowl put cream cheese, sour cream and fresh parsley in and set aside to come to room temperature.
  2. In a saute pan on medium low heat, melt butter.  Add all the onions, garlic and sugar and start to cook down.  Stir often and cook for around 10 minutes.
  3. Add sherry, soy sauce, Worcestershire, beef bouillon and pepper.  Mix to combine and continue to cook down for another 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. When all the liquid has evaporated and the onions have soften and caramelized turn off the heat.  Give a small taste test to see if you need to add table salt or more pepper.  Once seasonings are adjusted, leave alone and let cool down for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Finally, add the onion mixture to the mixing bowl with the cream cheese blend.  Stir to combine.  Cover and store in refrigerator until chilled.  Serve with chips, bread cubes or raw vegetables.

You can also use any leftovers the next day for dinner.  Saute some chicken and boil some pasta.  Before you drain the pasta reserve a cup of the cooking water.  Drain pasta and add the leftover dip, the drained noodles and the cup of pasta water to the pot you boiled the pasta in.  Stir to combine and plate.  Top with the sauteed chicken.

Now go and make a family night meal (or snack) of your own…Clink!

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