Caramelized Onion Dip

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Picture this: you’re lounging on a checkered blanket, surrounded by friends and family, enjoying the warm sun and a cool breeze. The only thing missing? A delicious dip to pair with your crunchy veggies and crispy chips. That’s where our caramelized onion dip comes in.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, let’s talk about what makes this dip so special. We start by slowly cooking down onions until they are soft, sweet, and oh-so-caramelized. Then, we mix in a blend of creamy, tangy ingredients to create a dip that is both indulgent and balanced.

So why is this the perfect picnic condiment? Well, for starters, it’s incredibly easy to make. You can whip it up in no time and pack it in a jar to take on the go. Plus, it’s versatile. Use it as a dip for veggies and chips, spread it on sandwiches, or even dollop it on top of grilled meats. Trust us, your taste buds will thank you.

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Caramelized Onion Dip

When it comes to picnics, there’s nothing quite like a good dip to elevate your snacking game. And if you’re looking for the perfect picnic condiment, look no further than caramelized onion dip. This savory and slightly sweet dip is a crowd-pleaser that will have your friends and family begging for the recipe.

First things first, let’s talk about the star of the show: caramelized onions. These little guys are the key to achieving that rich and deep flavor in the dip. And let’s be real, caramelized onions make everything better. They’re like the Beyoncé of the food world – they can do no wrong.

But what makes this dip truly perfect for a picnic? Well, for starters, it’s easy to make ahead of time and transport to your outdoor feast. Just whip it up the night before, pack it in a container, and you’re good to go. Plus, it pairs perfectly with a variety of dippables – from chips and veggies to crackers and bread. It’s like the chameleon of dips, blending in with any snack you choose.

So next time you’re planning a picnic, don’t forget to bring along some caramelized onion dip. Your taste buds (and your friends) will thank you. And if anyone asks for the recipe, just tell them it’s a secret family recipe. We won’t tell.

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Ingredients to Make Caramelized Onion Dip

  • 2 tbsp fresh chives
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup (2.8 oz) plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup (2.7 oz) mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper

For serving:

  • veggie sticks chips (optional)
ingredients to make caramelized onion dip

How to Make Caramelized Onion Dip

On a chopping board, finely chop the onion and the fresh chives.

In a medium skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. When it’s melted, stir in the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften. Then reduce heat to medium-low and cook until golden brown and caramelized. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.

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In a bowl, with an electric mixer, mix the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add in the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, Worcestershire and mix well to combine.

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Then add the caramelized onion, chopped chives, salt and pepper. Continue to stir until everything is combined.

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Cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Pour the Caramelized Onion Dip in a bowl and garnish with chopped chives, if desired.

Serve with veggie sticks chips.

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Variations and Add-Ons for Caramelized Onion Dip

While our classic caramelized onion dip is fantastic on its own, it can also serve as a canvas for a plethora of variations and add-ons.

  • Cheesy Delight: If you love cheese, consider adding in some shredded cheddar or crumbled blue cheese into the mix. This will result in a gooey, cheesy delight that’s sure to impress.
  • Bacon Crumbles: For meat lovers, adding some crispy bacon crumbles into your dip can add a smoky, savory touch that perfectly complements the sweetness of the caramelized onions.
  • Herb Boost: Fresh herbs such as chives, parsley, or thyme can lend a refreshing note to the dip. Simply chop them finely and stir them into the finished dip.
  • Spicy Kick: For those who enjoy a bit of heat, consider adding a dash of hot sauce or some diced jalapenos. This will give your dip a spicy kick that pairs wonderfully with the sweet caramelized onions.

Remember, these are just suggestions to start you off. Feel free to experiment and create your own unique variations.

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Storing Your Homemade Caramelized Onion Dip

To ensure your homemade caramelized onion dip retains its freshness and flavor, follow these storage tips:

  1. Cool down: Allow your dip to cool completely before storing it to prevent condensation, which can lead to spoilage.
  2. Airtight containers: Transfer your dip into an airtight container or a mason jar. This will help keep the dip fresh and prevent it from absorbing any strong odors from other foods in your fridge.
  3. Refrigerate: Store the dip in your refrigerator, ideally in the upper shelves where the temperature is more constant.
  4. Use within a week: Although your dip will stay good in your fridge for up to a week, it’s always best to consume it as soon as possible to enjoy its best flavor.
  5. Freezing: If you would like to store your dip for a longer period, you can also freeze it. Just ensure it’s in a freezer-safe container.

Remember, always use a clean spoon when serving your dip to avoid introducing bacteria into the container, which can shorten its lifespan. Enjoy your homemade dip at its freshest with these storage tips!

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What to Serve with Homemade Onion Dip

The creamy, rich flavor of caramelized onion dip pairs well with a variety of dippables. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Crackers: Classic salted crackers make for a crisp, light contrast to the creaminess of the dip.
  2. Veggies: Raw veggies like carrot sticks, cucumber slices, bell pepper strips, or cherry tomatoes offer a refreshing crunch and a healthful twist.
  3. Bread: Pieces of baguette, pita bread, or even soft pretzels can be wonderful companions for this dip.
  4. Chips: Potato chips or tortilla chips are classic dip companions for a reason—they’re just so good!
  5. Grilled Meats: Try using the dip as a condiment for grilled chicken, steak, or even fish.
  6. Fried Foods: Fried zucchini sticks, mozzarella sticks, or onion rings can take your dip to the next level.
  7. Chicken Wings: Spice-rubbed or buffalo chicken wings can benefit from the creamy, sweet contrast of the caramelized onion dip.

Feel free to try these ideas or come up with your own combinations. The possibilities are endless when it comes to this versatile dip!

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More Fun Picnic Ideas You’ll Love

Planning a picnic can be so much fun! To help you get your little outdoor excursion pulled together, we’ve got some more fun picnic ideas we think you’ll love:

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Caramelized Onion Dip

Are you tired of the same old boring picnic condiments? Look no further, because I have the perfect solution for you: Caramelized Onion Dip.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 155 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp fresh chives
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup 2.8 oz plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup 2.7 oz mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper

For serving:

  • veggie sticks chips optional

Instructions
 

  • On a chopping board, finely chop the onion and the fresh chives.
    2 tbsp fresh chives, 2 medium onions
  • In a medium skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. When it’s melted, stir in the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften. Then reduce heat to medium-low and cook until golden brown and caramelized. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
    2 tbsp butter
  • In a bowl, with an electric mixer, mix the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add in the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, Worcestershire and mix well to combine. Then add the caramelized onion, chopped chives, salt and pepper. Continue to stir until everything is combined.
    4 oz cream cheese, 1/3 cup 2.8 oz plain Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup 2.7 oz mayonnaise, 1 tsp Worcestershire, pinch of salt, pinch of pepper
  • Cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
  • Pour the Caramelized Onion Dip in a bowl and garnish with chopped chives, if desired.
  • Serve with veggie sticks chips.
    veggie sticks chips

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 2gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 140mgPotassium: 82mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 318IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 0.2mg
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