Caramelized Onion Dip: A party (and personal) favorite

I have a confession to make. This dip rocked our Superbowl party back in February but I did not want to post it. I was embarrassed to share it because a) it is not photogenic and b) that frosted-tips, backward-sunglasses-wearing Food Network star known as Guy Fieri made it.  While I watch Diners, Drive-ins and Dives for entertainment value, the food snob in me never expected to cook (and love) something of Mr. Fieri's own creation. After re-making the dip Memorial Day weekend to rave reviews, I decided to just go ahead and share it.  It is very easy to make, rich in flavor and makes enough to feed an army of hungry Superbowl viewers summer bbq'rs.  The original recipe is here; I followed Guy's recipe exactly the first time, the second time I tweaked it a little bit.

Cast of Characters: 
- 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil
- 1 Tbsp of butter
- 2 large Vidalia onions, sliced into onion rings and halved
- 2 large shallots, sliced into rings
- 1/2 cup of light mayo
- 1 cup of fat free sour cream*
- 1 tsp celery salt
- 1 tsp Worcestershire
- Salt and Ground Pepper to taste

1) Heat a large skillet (the biggest you have) over medium heat then add vegetable oil and butter.

2) Once the butter is melted completely, add the onion and shallots. Cook over medium heat, stirring every 3-5 minutes until the onions and shallots are golden brown or to your liking. Guy's recipe says 35 minutes, I took them 45 minutes.

Pre-chop cooling
3) Set onions and shallots aside to cool to room temperature.  Once cool, chop them finely and set aside.

4) Combine mayo, sour cream, celery salt, Worcestershire, salt and pepper in a bowl.

5) Stir chopped onions and shallots into the mayo/sour cream mixture, cover and chill for at least one hour, but I would recommend overnight.  It only gets better with some time to hang out.

The perfect accompaniment to Monopoly
Serve with chips, pita, crudite, whatever you like to dip with.  Personally I love Ruffles Natural Sea Salt chips because they are thick enough to hold lots of dip and slightly salty.

*The recipe calls for 1 full cup of mayo and 2 cups of sour cream but I halved it simply because I didn't have any more mayo or sour cream on hand. It's great either way (Guy's or my) but the halved dip will leave you a much chunkier dip. If you want a more creamy dip go Guy's route, and if that is still too thick you can add a splash of milk.  You can also substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream to get some protein in there. Longest footnote ever.

** Sorry for the lack of photos/truly awful ones but it was late Thursday night when I made this. 


The Pretty Pinhead said...

This looks delicious. I LOVE onion dip. Thanks so much for sharing!

The Pretty Pinhead

Becky said...

I think I've had this before...It was awesome. This might be a weekend project for me... thanks Cara!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Mmmmmmm,that looks so delish!

Hannah @ Tattoos and Pearls said...

O! Looks so good! And pretty easy-right up my cooking alley!

Hannah Tattoos and Pearls

Chapstick Fanatic said...

this looks so yummy!


Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Oh my gosh! I love onion dip and this takes it to a whole new level. My mouth is literally watering!!

Krystal said...

ummm i will def need to be trying this!

Gloria said...

Caramelized onion dip is the BEST - I'll definitely have to bookmark this recipe!

Mica said...

looks yummy! :)

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

i love onion dip and this one's chunky which is even better.

Caro * said...

Nice pictures, love your manucure ;)

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