While I love the simple onion dip made from a Lipton dry soup mix, this Caramelized Onion Dip blew it out of the water!! For one, I love the smell of caramelizing onions; it made the house smell so amazing. Two, this dip has the perfect sweet onion taste and a nice whipped consistency. You seriously cannot beat the freshness of this dip compared to the store bought kinda or even the Lipton version. I made this as an appetizer when my in-laws came over – serving it with potato chips and pretzel crisps; I can definitely imagine making this for a game day as well.
I am going to be honest about this though – it takes time. Caramelized onions always take longer than recipes suggest, which drives me crazy! It takes longer than 15 minutes to get that gorgeous deep brown appearance and that perfect sweetened taste. So, I recommend making this recipe early for your sense of timing. Plus, the recipe will taste even better if you let the flavor develop a little bit.
- 2 large onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- ½ c warm water
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- Freshly ground pepper
- Potato Chips, Pretzels or other side for the dip
- Slice onions then heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Coat with cooking spray once hot and toss in onions. Add the butter and let the onions soften. You need to keep stirring and watch them carefully because you don't want them to burn.
- About 15 minutes into the process, add ½ cup of warm water and cover the pan, checking them in about 10 more minutes. Once the water is evaporated, keep the lid off and again watch carefully to make sure they don't burn. They should have a nice golden brown consistency.
- Move the caramelized onions to a cutting board and chop.
- Place the cream cheese and sour cream into a large bowl and whip with a hand-mixer for about 30 seconds. You want them nice and fluffy.
- Stir in the caramelized onions (I like reserving a small amount of onions to top the dip with) and add pepper to taste. Then mix, cover, and refrigerate.