Sunday, March 29, 2009

Caramelized Onion Dip (or Sandwich Spread)

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Caramelizing onions is a trick that I use often here at home. It makes vegetarian dishes much more flavorful and therefore more interesting for meat eaters. This pasta is a typical example of this technique. This time I am sharing a dip recipe using caramelized onions. I don't normally make recipes for guests that I never tried before, but this dip is so straight forward that I made for the first time for some girlfriends of mine that came over the other night. The result was a very flavorful dip, lightly sweet and aromatic. It can also be used as a spread for sandwiches (roasted vegetables sandwich comes to mind). As a dip, use with cut up veggies, crackers and pita chips.


Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe:

serves 4

You will need:

2 large onions

2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar

1 cup of sour cream

1 tablespoon of fresh thyme, chopped

salt and pepper to taste


Peel and thinly slice the onions (I use a mandoline). Melt the butter over medium heat on a heavy bottom skillet. Add the onions, salt and pepper (about 1/2 teaspoon each), lower the heat and cook until the onions are deep brown and cooked, stirring occasionally. This takes about 20-40 minutes, depending on the heat level and the amount of onions. Do not rush this process, as it is essential for the developing of the sweetness in the onions. Add the balsamic vinegar to the skillet at the end of cooking and scrape any brown bits that have accumulated on the bottom.

When the onions are ready, let them cool to room temperature. Once cooled, place onions in a food processor along with the thyme and sour cream. Process until smooth. Serve at room temperature with vegetables, chips or use as a sandwich spread. Keep refrigerated.


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Deseree said...

Rita this dip looks so tasty! There is nothing quite like sweet caramelized onions. I love the idea that you can use it for a dip and sandwich spread.
Isn't it so great when something comes out so well on the first try? ;-)

Sara said...

This sounds so yummy. I love a good onion dip. This reminds me of something that was on Serious Eats last week, but they roasted the onions on the grill first and then made a dip from them. Okay, now I want some onion dip and it is 10:30AM. That is a problem.

Anonymous said...

This dip looks really great, and I love your photos!

Joy the Baker said...

This dip sounds great! Caramelized onions makes just about anything better!

Sara @ Our Best Bites said...

I make a dip really similar to this and I LOVE it- yours looks fantastic too, I'm going to try it and compare!

Not Another Omnivore said...

Looks amazing! I wish the boyfriend liked onions since he's my eating partner in crime.


Rita said...

Des - thanks, I almost like it better on a sandwich...

Sara - onions are always good...

ourlifeinfood - thanks:)

Joy - I agree with you

Sara - compare it and let me know!

NAOmni - my "eating partner in crime" loves this one...

test it comm said...

This dip sounds great!

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