I’ve made my fair share of onion dip. It’s always been one of my faves as far as dips go, and I always seem to be trying something new in search of that perfect go-to recipe. Most recipes I’ve made start out with a wack load of mayo. I love mayo as much as the next gal but there’s something about that, that gives me a little bit of the heebie jeebies – that’s a lot of mayo! Well, this dip is mayo free and is so delicious it immediately jumped to the top of my onion dip list. Now when I get a craving for onion dip, it is specifically for this recipe.
The first time I made it, it was Christmas and all of us ladies were hiding the bowl of dip and sneaking bites because I had obviously not made enough for the entire family and we just didn’t want to share. Finally the Christmas spirit won out and we put it out for everyone to enjoy. But man was it ever hard to give up.
I recently made it again for company and I knew I wouldn’t be able to live with my conscience another moment if I didn’t share it with you. It starts with a base of sour cream, which gets mixed with deliciously rich goat cheese, some deeply caramelized onions and a handful of chives. The flavours are so rich and deep I’m afraid you won’t be able to go back to the mayo stuff (never mind store-bought)!
I have to say that this dip makes one of the best burger spreads I have ever had. I mean caramelized onion and goat cheese on a burger? I really can’t think of a better combination.
P.S. Stay tuned for the homemade potato chips that we served with it. They are super-duper easy-peasy and I can’t wait to share them with you.
Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Dip
For a smoother dip, process in a food processor instead of mixing by hand.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cups diced onion (about 1 medium)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup sour cream
- 4 oz. soft goat cheese
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
Add oil to a skillet and preheat over medium-low heat until oil starts to shimmer. Add onions and garlic, season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until onion caramelizes and turns a deep golden brown. Set aside to cool slightly.
Meanwhile stir together sour cream and goat cheese, mashing the goat cheese with a fork to break it up. Stir in the caramelized onions and garlic along with the chives. Taste and season again with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour before serving.
Makes approximately: 2 cups
Adapted from Chow.