Monday, November 21, 2011

Caramelized Onion Dip


I have a secret food fantasy.  I'm sitting on the sofa watching a chick flick.  Maybe it's Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde:
Warner: Elle, if I'm gonna be a senator, I need to marry a Jackie, not a Marilyn. 
Elle: So, you're breaking up with me because I'm too…blonde?
Or maybe it's Julia Roberts in My Best Friend's Wedding:  
Julianne: [on phone] Kimmy! She ruined everything, and Michael started chasing her before he could answer me!


George: [on phone] Michael's chasing Kimmy?
Julianne: [on phone] Yes!
George: [on phone] You're chasing Michael?
Julianne: [on phone] Yes! 
George: [on phone] Who's chasing you? Nobody. Get it! There's your answer. Kimmy.- 

I'm sitting with an open container of french onion dip and a bag of ruffled potato chips.  As I'm watching the movie and eating the entire 8 ounce container of oniony delight, my jeans are actually getting looser. (Hey, don't judge me, it's my fantasy!)

Over the past many years, I have done my best to not let this food fantasy become a reality.  In reality, I'm pretty sure my jeans wouldn't be so forgiving!  But it's this fantasy that spurred me to try this Caramelized Onion Dip. Originally, I found this recipe from my go-to gal, The Barefoot Contessa.  I lightened it a bit a lot to ease my guilt and then I brought most of it to the Football Awards Banquet.  I guess this is just how fantasies go after 40!


Start by cutting 2 large or 4 small onions in half.  Next, slice the halves into 1/8 inch semi-circles.  
Use Vidalia onions if you have them, or add one teaspoon sugar if you don't.


Toss the onions in a pan with butter, olive oil, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper.


Cook for 20-30 minutes on low until they are all brown and yummy and look like this.
Mix the remaining ingredients with a mixer until smooth and add in the onions.  Adjust seasonings to taste.


Go ahead.  Grab a chip.


You know you want one!



Caramelized Onion Dip
Inspired by The Barefoot Contessa, 
Lightened by Rachel @ Simple Girl

Ingredients:
2 large or 4 small onions (about 3-4 cups) preferably Vidalia
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces light cream cheese
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup light mayo

Directions:
Cut the onions in half and then slice them into 1/8 inch thick half rounds.  Heat the butter and oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.  Add the onions, cayenne, salt, and pepper and saute for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 more minutes until the onions are browned and caramelized.  Allow the onions to cool.

Place the cream cheese, sour cream and mayo in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth.  Add the onions and mix well.  Taste for seasonings.  Serve at room temperature.


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14 comments:

  1. I love your fantasy!! I think I'll join you there in fantasy land...let me grab my smaller jeans cause I'll need it after all the onion dip I'll be eating :) This sounds amazing - I love how you've lightened it up, too!!

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  2. Fun fantasy, if only, right?

    I made this dip a few months back and also used light versions. I almost always use the light versions because I can't tell the difference. This dip was AMAZING and I plan on making it for a party this holiday season.

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  3. I've always, gulp, used Lipton's. I definitely am inspired to try yours!

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  4. Yes! I love onion dip with krinkled kettle chips. Probably my favorite food ever. I am going to make this!!

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  5. Yum!! This looks delicious.... and I love Legally Blonde. :-D

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  6. Oh yum!!! Chips and onion dip are one of my favorite snacks, love the twist of caramelizing the onions :) ALSO, I like your food fantasy... a lot! Thanks for sharing both with Friday Potluck.

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  7. Looks delish!

    We'd love you to share your recipes with us at

    Simply Delish Saturday

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  8. Wow does that look delicious. I love this for the holidays! Come visit us today. We have pumpkin fried rice. Be sure to pop back over on Friday December 3. We have a great give away from The Shabby Apple.

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  9. Looks great. I've pinned it and can't wait to try it over Christmas. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  10. One of my favorites! This is a frequent request from everyone!

    I love the "jeans getting looser idea!"

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  11. ohh yummy!!! pinning!!!


    Would love it if you could share this on my link party at www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

    Natasha xxx

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  12. Yum i love carmalized onions!! gonna bookmark this recipe :)

    I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday! http://www.mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/11/your-whims-wednesday-35-and-features.html

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  13. WOW! This looks delicious!

    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

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  14. I share you fantasy & a matter of fact this looks so good I wish this was with me on the couch right now with a bag of chips! Yum!

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