French Onion Dip…a revamped classic

December 13, 2008 by andrea | Filed under Appetizer, Dip.

I’m sure most people in the free world have eaten onion dip at some point in their life. It’s one of those classic dips that has been around for years, and can usually be found at a party hanging out with the potato chips and other dips. Most people make onion dip using a package of onion soup mix or buy it premade in a plastic tub at the grocery store. That’s all fine and dandy but those versions have all kinds of funky things like “Natural Flavors”  added in. Yikes! I ran across this recipe recently when trying to decide on an appetizer to take to a party. It’s easy but does require a little more time in the kitchen than just opening a package of soup mix. One of the steps for this French Onion Dip is caramelizing the onions, which gives the onions a rich, slightly sweet flavor. Once the onions are caramelized and cooled, the rest of the ingredients can be mixed together. Voilà, a better version of onion dip.

French Onion Dip
-recipe from williams-sonoma.com

Laced with caramelized onions, this fresh-tasting dip will disappear quickly at parties and on picnics. A touch of cayenne adds a spicy kick.

2 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 large yellow onion, finely diced
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/4 cups sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Potato chips for serving
Crudités for serving

In a fry pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and salt and cook, stirring often, until soft and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the Worcestershire sauce and stir to scrape up the browned bits from the pan bottom. Transfer the onion to a small bowl and let cool to room temperature.

In a bowl, stir together the sour cream, mayonnaise, cayenne pepper and black pepper. Stir in the onion. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 week. Serve with potato chips and crudités for dipping. Makes about 2 cups.

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