My Ultimate Onion Dip

by Michael on February 7, 2011 · 16 comments

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
Prep:
  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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nycshare February 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm
Michael Lewicki February 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm
A Thought For Food February 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm
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Charlie May 12, 2011 at 10:40 am
Veronique December 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I added minced garlic to the recipe. I was not a fan of it by my co-workers raved about it.

Thanks for the recipe!

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