Caramelized Onion Dip
For this month’s edition of the Secret Recipe Club I was assigned to the Authentic Suburban Gourmet blog. Lisa, born and raised in the San Fransisco Bay area, is the author of the blog. The first thing I did was scope out her “About/Contact” page where I quickly came across this sentence: “I have an immense affinity for great food, wine and entertaining”. I like her already, I thought to myself….
A little farther down the page I found: “I enjoy taking every opportunity to share my love of cooking with others by throwing dinner and cocktail parties, baking cookies and cooking for my “number one fan”, my husband Charles”. If that would have said “my husband Brett”, I could have easily mistaken that sentence as something I wrote about myself!
Needless to say, when it comes to food, wine, and entertaining – I think Lisa and I are very much alike!
Right after I received my blog assignment I browsed her site and bookmarked a few recipes that I thought I might want to use for this post. For example, aren’t these Chocolate Pretzel Cookies too cute? Or what about Lisa’s take on the ordinary 7 layer bar? Her version is 9 layers and includes caramel! Then there’s the Crostini with Roasted Tomato Compote and Mozzarella, which looks like a cousin to bruschetta, of which I am a big fan!
My version uses purple onions…
I thought it would be fun to see the color in the dip.
I also went for a “healthier version” but cutting the butter back to 1 tablespoon and using fat free cream cheese and fat free sour cream as the base to my dip.
Before I bring you my recipe, I also want to mention that Lisa has a number of posts where she mentions food and wine pairing and experiences as wine festivals. If you are a “wino” you may enjoy looking for those posts on her blog!
Ultimate Caramelized Onion Dip
- 3 Large Purple Onions (Peeled, cut in half and slices 1/4 inch thick)
- 1 tablespoon Butter
- 2 tablespoons Sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onions, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir onions frequently while cooking over medium heat until tender and golden in color, about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- 1 package (8 ounces) Fat Free Cream Cheese (Regular or Reduced Fat, if desired)
- 1/2 cup Fat Free Sour Cream (Regular or Reduced Fat, if desired)
- 1/2 cup Feta Cheese
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
Beat cream cheese and sour cream until completely smooth. Stir in feta cheese, Worcestershire, onion powder, and pepper. Add the caramelized onions and stir together. (And I agree with Lisa… ) Refrigerate and let sit about one hour prior to serving to let the flavors combine. Taste to see if you need to adjust the seasonings.
This dip is delicious – definitely an amped-up version of any french onion dip you have purchased or made using the soup mix!!
If you’d like to see what recipes other Secret Recipe Club participants made this month, click the link below.