French Onion Dip with Caramelized Onions
Ready for some delicious snacks? Here’s a simple recipe that is a lighter, healthier alternative to most options found on your grocery store shelves.
This is a twist on one of my favorite dip recipes: French Onion Dip (the other being Buttermilk Ranch Dip).
And I don’t even really like onions. They usually have such a strong, harsh bite. When caramelized, onions become a whole different animal (Here’s our recipe for Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions).
They’re rich and silky and sweet; perfect in just about anything from scrambled eggs to hamburgers. And dip! All the sweet, creamy deliciousness without all the crazy hard-to-pronounce ingredients you’ll find on that commercial tub of dip.
It takes about an hour to transform the onions from crisp to caramelized, but this is with very minimal hands-on time. The rest of the 5-ingredient recipe comes together quickly in a food processor and can be chilled until the football party starts or snack craving hits.
Related: 12 Game Day Snacks and Appetizers
French Onion Dip
Adapted from a Sunset magazine recipe Yield: 2 cups
2 T. olive oil
2-3 sweet onions, halved and thinly sliced (about 5 cups)
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 t. salt
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until brown, sticky, and caramelized, about 60-70 minutes. If the pan starts to burn, reduce heat to medium-low and add 1 T. water, stirring well.
- Transfer onions to a small bowl and chill until cold, about 1 hour.
- Reserve 1 T. onions. In a food processor, pulse remaining onions, sour cream, buttermilk, and salt just until combined.
- Transfer to a serving dish, top with reserved onions, and chill at least 1 hour (can be made up to 2 days ahead).
I have a healthy fear of mandolins (so sharp!), but they are amazing when it comes to slicing a large amount of produce. I own this Benriner Japanese Mandolin Slicer (Amazon). It is crazy sharp, making short work of slicing vegetables. It comes with three different blades, in addition to the standard flat blade so you can easily adjust the cut and thickness.
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I just saw this recipe on What’s Cookin’ Wednesday and I had to click!
We usually mix up the powdered onion soup mix but how fun this is to make it fresh! Totally trying this!
Can non-fat Greek yogurt be used as a substitute for the sour cream? It’s tomorrow Free Friday Download from QFC!
Kate from Frugal Living NW says
I’m jumping in before Emily but you absolutely could but it will give a slightly tangy taste.
Thank you<3 I'm new to substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream and let me tell ya, I don't want to waste a batch of caramelized onions if it wouldn't work out well =]
I, too, had a healthy fear but I also, unfortunately, had a healthy cocktail while slicing cucumber for veggie wraps. Now, I no longer have a mandolin and I no longer have a fingertip.
Moral of the story : Don’t drink and slice!
Have you used the crock pot onions in this dip?
This looks delicious and easy! Thank you! Another great mandolin to try is the OXO good grips mandolin which has a sizer built right in, no changing blades, just use the dial to change the thickness. Wonderful!