Caramelized Onion Dip

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Indulge in the rich flavors of our Caramelized Onion Dip recipe. This easy recipe for a creamy, flavorful dip is sure to satisfy!

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  1. Ingredients in Caramelized Onion Dip
  2. Tips for Serving
  3. The Art of the Caramelized Onion
  4. Recipe Tip
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
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  7. How to Make Caramelized Onion Dip
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Looking for a savory dip to debut at your next gathering? Look no further. Caramelized sweet onions mingle with cream cheese, sour cream, and other flavorful additions to create an ideal onion dip perfect for a potato chip. I don’t know if I’ve ever met someone who didn’t like onion dip, but I’m talking about the onion soup mix/sour cream version. This caramelized onion dip has a depth of flavor that goes beyond a packet of dry soup and which you are sure to love.

Ingredients in Caramelized Onion Dip

  • Sweet Onions
  • Butter
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
thinly sliced onions in a bowl


Tips for Serving

Garnish:

  • Chopped green onion
  • Everything but the Bagel Seasoning
  • French fried onions

Eat with:

  • Potato chips
  • Carrots
  • Bagel chips
  • Celery
  • Pita chips
  • Spread on a burger
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The Art of the Caramelized Onion

Caramelizing onions isn’t hard, but it does take work. First, you need to use sweet onions. As these onions cook, their natural sugars caramelize, giving you the rich, brown color you are looking for. Next, you need to slice the onion thinly, about ⅛ inch thick. Too thin and your onions will burn at the bottom of the pan, too thick, and not enough of the onion is touching the pan to caramelize. Finally, the process. Be patient, it will take at least 45 minutes for your onions to turn a dark golden brown. As far as stirring the onions goes, when you first put them in the pan, let them stick to the bottom and get a golden crust before you start stirring them. After that, keep them moving every once in a while to prevent burning.

Recipe Tip

caramelized onions in a pot

Don’t take the onions off the heat until they are deep golden brown and ultra soft. This will yield the very best flavor!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to caramelize onions in butter or oil?

This comes down to preference. Butter gives a rich flavor to the cooking onions, but some say it can burn easier. Oil is a great alternative for those with dairy restrictions, but it might not have as much flavor.

Do you caramelize onions on low or high heat?

You would use low to medium heat for most of your cooking. The worst is putting in all the work and then burning your onions!

How do you speed up caramelizing onions?

It’s a good idea to use a large pan, this way, all of the onions have a chance of touching the bottom of the pan, instead of constantly rotating them to get them on the heat.

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How to Make Caramelized Onion Dip

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Caramelized Onion Dip

5 from 1 vote
Indulge in the rich flavors of our Caramelized Onion Dip recipe. This easy recipe for a creamy, flavorful dip is sure to satisfy!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Thinly slice the onions.
    thinly sliced onions in a bowl
  • Melt butter in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add onions and stir until they wilt down significantly. Adjust the heat to medium-low and cook until the onions turn a deep golden brown and become very soft and jammy. This can take anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour. Be patient! Then stir in balsamic vinegar and remove from heat.
    caramelized onions in a pot
  • Let onions cool a little while you mix the rest of the ingredients together. Add the onions and stir.
    A bowl of caramelized onion dip
  • Garnish with sliced green onions (optional) and serve with chips!
    a hand dipping a chip in caramelized onion dip

Notes

  • Nutrition facts do not include chips.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. 
  • You may have to let the dip sit out for a bit after being in the fridge to soften. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 125kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 361mgPotassium: 149mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 305IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 113mgIron: 0.2mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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