Sunday, September 25, 2011

French Onion Dip

This home-made french onion dip is SO much better than the canned version! My friend, Shannon, sent me this recipe awhile back and I finally got around to making it! It will definitely be one of my go-to hors d'oeuvres from now on! Of course, my chip of choice is Ruffles, but cut carrots or wheat thins would also work well alongside this delicious appetizer.

2 large yellow onions, cut in half and sliced into 1/8-inch thick half-rounds.
3 tablespoons butter
3 Tbl canola oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup cream cheese (4 oz), at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise

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.

Place the cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise in a bowl and beat until smooth (you can do this by hand, but, it is easiest with an electric mixer). Add the onions (reserve 1 Tbl of the onions) and mix well. Taste for seasonings. Serve in a dip bowl with reserved 1 Tbl of caramelized onions on top (looks pretty) alongside chips or crackers.

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