Sunday, January 13, 2008

Pan-Fried Onion Dip

Alright so I know the photo is not that great and the dip may not look that awesome but believe me when I tell you your life is not complete without it! Especially if you let the onions caramelize longer than the recipe suggests. It's extremely addictively good. While I was making this, I had deja vu. So I went to one of the Best of Bridge cookbooks and looked up the recipe for "Caramelized Onion Dip". That's odd - it's exactly the same, except the Barefoot Contessa recipe uses 2 onions (which admittedly does make it better). But I was just really surprised to see that it's literally the same, including cooking method and times.

Anyway, delicious. Make it! We ate it with baby carrots, celery, and toasted whole wheat pita cut up into little triangles. It's a heavy dip (with the mayo, cream cheese and sour cream) so I think vegetables are the perfect thing to eat it with.

Pan-Fried Onion Dip
Adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Yield: 2 cups

2 large yellow onions (about 3 cups)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise

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.

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


Patricia Scarpin said...

This will be a hit with Joao - he absolutely loves anything with onions!

Anonymous said...

This sounds great! I will have to save it for when I'm in need of dip for company!

Deborah said...

Oh, how I wish I would have seen this yesterday!! I was craving a dip, but couldn't find a recipe for one where I had everything at home. But I do for this one!!

Mallow said...

I just finished eating way too much sugar - and that onion dip with veggies sounds SOOO good right now!

MrsPresley said...

oh my! i LOVE onion dip! i have to try this recipe :)

Carla said...

Ah, nothing to ruin a New Year's resolution than a good onion dip!! Well, my resolution is to eat healthy rather than losing weight, so I will just have to double the veggies heeheee

Speaking of veggies, I posted a spinach mushroom lasagna. Since you are a vegetarian, maybe you could make it for a family dinner? It's very yummy (even if my photography says otherwise).

Archana said...

Lovely recipe. Just the other day i was cravy for some yummy dip and had some company over as well. This is a sure keeper. Thanks for sharing. It looks so perfect.

Cakespy said...

That sounds SO good!!! I just had happy hour with a buddy so this looks extra good right now.

Peabody said...

I love this dip. It makes an apperance at pretty much every party I throw.

Bellini Valli said...

My life has to be complete so I will have to try this dip!!!

Carla said...

You've been tagged on my blog!

Holler said...

You're dip looks great! I think I will have to make it soon, Graham will love it!

katiez said...

When I was in college I made a dip of good old Onion Soup Mix and a big bar of cream cheese.... for potato chips, of course. This is an updated, gourmet version... and of course healthier, what with the carrots and all....