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Verses from my Kitchen: My Ultimate Onion Dip

February 7, 2011

My Ultimate Onion Dip

Onion dip. The name alone has always induced a feeling of discontent . I immediatelu conjuire up the image of the stuff served at house parties and get-togethers where you pull back the lid on a gerenic tasting, pre-packaged tub. I never understood the love for it and I always wondered why someone didn't just make it themselves. And better.

I love onions and have thought about making a version loaded with great taste and fresh ingredients for a while now. Something a bit more complicated than onion soup mix but still easy enough that anybody can do it. I wanted to make a dip that could be a staple at family functions and shared with friends while watching the game. So I started scribbling down notes in my food journal and experimenting with ingredients.

One of the best things about trying out a new recipe is the testing. The calm before the storm. Sometimes the flavours don't work or the ingredients don't mesh, but when you hit the right note it can be heard a mile away. My test kitchen is my favourite place in the house. Usually the recipe requires a bit of tweaking but you'll eventually get where you want to go. The sweet spot.

That was the case with this dip. I wanted the onions to stand out so I experimented until I came up with a set of ingredients that worked. Shallots and green onions and vidalia onions sauteed until golden and sweet. A base made with sour cream, mayonnaise and lemon juice which worked really well with the sweetness the onions produced and balanced them. It is the perfect amount of sweetness and it's savoury. Alaways a great combination.

The best thing about this recipe is the ease of which it's made. A few simple ingredients, a bit of time allowing the onions to gain colour and flavour and a quick mix. You can make this a day before as well and it let it sit at room temperature before your guests arrive. You'll be sharing the recipe with friends, I promise you.

From my kitchen to yours, happy eating!


My Ultimate Onion Dip

The Goods:
  • 1 cup chopped Vidalia onions
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsb. cayenne pepper
  • pinch sea salt
  1. In a large saute pan, add the oil over medium heat. Saute the vidalia onions with a pinch of salt until a deep golden colour, about 45 minutes. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl whisk the sour cream, mayonnaise and lemon juice together until well combined. Add the green onions and shallots. Add in the cayenne pepper and season to taste.
  3. Once the caramelized onions have cooled slightly, fold 2/3 of them into the bach and mix. Place the last 1/3 on top and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  4. Take out about 20 minutes before to allow it to come to room temperature and serve.


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At February 7, 2011 at 3:15 PM , OpenID nycshare said...

I have always been a little grossed out by the tubs of grocery store onion dip, but never undertook creating a better one. Your looks fabulous. I will have to keep this in mind for our next party. Thanks.

At February 7, 2011 at 3:29 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Exactly as I felt. One less processed recipe is ok with me. Thanks for the comment and I hope you like it as much as I do! Let me know if you end up making it.

At February 7, 2011 at 4:48 PM , Blogger A Thought For Food said...

For the longest time, I was anti onion dip for the longest time, but I've grown to love it. Especially with a refreshing beer!

Great recipe!

At February 7, 2011 at 5:37 PM , Blogger Sippity Sup said...

I imagine the key to this is to really take your time with the onions. Slow cooking seems to reveal the most complex sugars. Plus I have to give a nod to the cayenne. That's balance in my mind. GREG

At February 7, 2011 at 7:18 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

So simple, yet wonderful!!! Thanks for an easy option to the store bought stuff...much, much better!

At February 7, 2011 at 7:31 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Thanks Brian. I felt the same way for the longest time as well. Glad i'm over it now!

Greg, thank you. Yeah, the slower and longer the better. Balance is key in a recipe like this, thanks for noticing.

Lizzy, simple is better so often. You're welcome and let me know how you like it if you make it. Thank you!

At February 7, 2011 at 7:53 PM , Blogger mhchipmunk said...

Thank you thank you thank you. Do you know how hard it is to find dip recipes that don't rely on soup mixes?? this looks wonderful and I'll for sure be giving it a try.

At February 7, 2011 at 8:15 PM , Blogger Shari said...

French Onion Dip and French Onion Soup are AMAZING when you actually make them yourself...where as, when they come from a pre-made packet they are RUBBISH! Thanks for this simple, fresh and delicious recipe.

Shari from www.goodfoodweek.blogspot.com

At February 7, 2011 at 11:10 PM , Blogger All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

This has to be so much better tasting, and better for you than the store-bought dips. Thanks for the recipe.

At February 8, 2011 at 8:57 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Looks yummy! Would've loved a bowl of that to graze on during the big game!

At February 8, 2011 at 5:26 PM , Blogger Carolyn said...

Sounds fantastic. You're right, when I hear onion dip, I see the plastic container from the grocery store but this is obviously ten zillion steps above that!

At February 8, 2011 at 10:07 PM , Blogger Diethood.com said...

I never ever buy dips - that's just too many things in there that I can't pronounce. :) This onion dip sounds so good, Michael... and that photo of it looks amazing!

At February 9, 2011 at 1:35 PM , Blogger briarrose said...

Yummy....I love the cayenne. Wonderful job on this dip.

At February 9, 2011 at 2:01 PM , Blogger Butrcreamblondi said...

This looks so good! I am definitely making this for my next party!

At May 12, 2011 at 11:40 AM , Anonymous Charlie said...

Hello Michael!

This sounds so great!
No cream cheese....Super!
I'm not a chip and dip person, but this would be great with other things, as well. Great on baked or mashed potatoes!

Have you thought of adding french fried onions to give a bit of a crunch.


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