Caramelized Onion Dip – Appetizer

This Caramelized Onion Dip is a tasty appetizer or snack that everyone will enjoy! Serve with crackers, pita, vegetables, or even use as a spread!


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This Caramelized Onion Dip is a tasty appetizer or snack that everyone will enjoy! Serve with crackers, pita, vegetables, or even use as a spread!

When our schedules align, my husband and I enjoy spending time with some of our friends. We hang out, enjoying good conversation, music, and of course, food! Over the past couple of years, they have become my personal test kitchen for new recipes. We both have teen boys, so I am appreciative of the feedback I get from their age group, too.

Caramelized onions are something that take time. In fact, they are at least 75% of the time for this recipe. But I promise, you will feel that all your effort with these onions is worth it when you put one bite of the dip in your mouth. They take the dip game to a new level!

A word to the wise – don’t rush the process. Even if your onions need longer than the 30 minutes, take it! Your onions are caramelized when they are completely soft and feature a beautiful golden brown color. I like to keep slowly cooking mine until they are on the verge of being mush, yet still have the distinction of being onions.

This dip can be placed in an air-tight container and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. That means you can make it ahead of time for any event or keep on hand to enjoy with dinner for a few days. As with any dish that includes cream cheese or sour cream, I don’t recommend freezing the dip.

Ingredients to Make Caramelized Onion Dip:

This Caramelized Onion Dip is a tasty appetizer or snack that everyone will enjoy! Serve with crackers, pita, vegetables, or even use as a spread!

How to Make Caramelized Onion Dip:

Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion and rosemary and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden-brown, approximately 25-30 minutes.

Deglaze the skillet by adding the apple cider vinegar and gently scraping up any brown bits off the bottom with a spatula. Drizzle the maple syrup on top and stir to combine. Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes.

Transfer the onions to a mixing bowl and add the cream cheese, sour cream, and one tablespoon fresh chives. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine.  

Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and garnish with the remaining fresh chives. Serve immediately with an assortment of vegetables, crackers, pita, or use as a spread on sandwiches and hamburgers. Enjoy!

This Caramelized Onion Dip is a tasty appetizer or snack that everyone will enjoy! Serve with crackers, pita, vegetables, or even use as a spread!

What to Serve with Caramelized Onion Dip:

Crackers are always my go-to for dip. My friends pick on me for enjoying the “veggie” crackers — but they are OH so good! You’re welcome to use whatever flavor or type of crackers you enjoy. If they pick up dip, I’m sure they will be perfect.

Freshly sliced vegetables, including (but not limited to), cucumbers, radishes, and carrots are a tasty option, too.

Pita, bagel chips, melba toast — okay, now I’m getting hungry — are a few more ideas. But here is my favorite — use it as a spread for sandwiches and top your hamburgers with it! Absolutely phenomenal on a grilled burger. I don’t even need a bun!

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Caramelized Onion Dip

Caramelized Onion Dip

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This Caramelized Onion Dip is a tasty appetizer or snack that everyone will enjoy! Serve with crackers, pita, vegetables, or even use as a spread!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, ends removed and sliced root to tip ¼” thick
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped, divided

To Serve:

  • Vegetables
  • Crackers
  • Pita

Instructions

    Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion and rosemary and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden-brown, approximately 25-30 minutes.

    Deglaze the skillet by adding the apple cider vinegar and gently scraping up any brown bits off the bottom with a spatula. Drizzle the maple syrup on top and stir to combine. Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes.
    Transfer the onions to a mixing bowl and add the cream cheese, sour cream, and one tablespoon fresh chives. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine.

    Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and garnish with the remaining fresh chives. Serve immediately with an assortment of fresh vegetables, crackers, pita, or even use as a spread on sandwiches or hamburgers. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 248Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 181mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g

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