Caramelized Onion Dip

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Appetizers, Food Journal

Caramelized Onion Dip

Caramelized Onion Dip- I think that just about every get together/party or whatever that I have ever been to had some kind of chip dip. Usually in the form of some type of dried soup mix or dressing powder dumped into a tub of sour cream. Admittedly, it’s not too bad. However, I think we can do better. So I came up with a pretty simple recipe. It takes a little time because of caramelizing the onions, but it’s still an easy recipe. Plus, it’s delicious. My husband is so funny, because when I asked him what he thought, he said “It tastes like a chef made onion dip”. And I said back “one did :D” . Then he said, “People will have to get used to it, it doesn’t taste like it’s been processed with chemicals. It’s better though”. I guess it may be one of those you had to be there moments because it’s not as funny typed out :)! Anyway, this is definitely better the next day so try to make it in advance. That way the flavors can develop. If you can’t make it the day before, at least give it a few hours before you serve it. Also, if you’re one of those people that’s grossed out by double dipping (like I am), I would suggest either providing the little disposable plastic cups next to the dip so people can make their own little personal cups, or dividing it into three or four serving dishes and putting out one at a time. Only putting out a little at a time is always a good idea anyway when you have something that should be kept cold. It looks prettier to have a full dish all the time too ;)! Enjoy everyone and Happy Cooking!



1 onion, diced -I ended up with around 2 cups diced (I used a brown onion, yellow would be good too)
1 teaspoon olive oil
dash pepper
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup mayo (you can replace this with yogurt if you’d like to stay super low fat)
2 cups yogurt, plain, fat free
1/4 cup green onions, sliced fine, green parts only
1/2 teaspoon thyme


1. In a medium saute pan, add the olive oil, onions, dash of pepper and Kosher salt.
2. Caramelize your onions. If you are unsure of the best way to caramelize your onions, please check out my article “How to Caramelize Onions“.
3. When you reach the step in caramelizing your onions that you turn the heat down, add your garlic and stir it up.
4. In a bowl, combine your mayonnaise, yogurt, green onions, and thyme. Cover and put in the fridge until your onions are ready.
5. After your onions are nice and caramelized, remove them from the heat.
6. Spread your onions onto a plate to help them cool faster.
7. Add your cooled onions into the yogurt/mayo mixture and stir.
8. Cover your dip and put it back in the fridge. It is best to make it the day before you plan on serving it, if you don’t have the time to make it a day ahead, it should be made at least two to three hours in advance. This is because the flavor gets better if you let it set for a while.
9. Serve with your choice of chips, or veggies (this is a really healthy veggie dip if you replace the mayo with yogurt). I served mine with Chips (Kettle Brand Sea Salt) and Veggie Straws.

yield – 3 1/2 c

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