Caramelized Onion Dip

Caramelized Onion Dip

IMG_6769This timeless and delicious appetizer is perfect for the holidays.  It can be made two days in advance which helps immensely when you have a mountain of cooking to do for your guests.

Depending on what type of pan you are using to caramelize your onions, it can take up to 45 minutes to get them to their delicious, sweet and golden brown color.  So be patient.  The further you are into the process the lower your temperature needs to be.


Caramelized Onion Dip
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These sweet and deliciously caramelized onions will make this dip so memorable. Make for the holidays and serve with your favorite potato chips. Mine are Lays Kettle Cooked Potato chips. You can make this dip several days in advance to help with the last minute hustle and bustle of entertaining.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
  • 2 large or 3 medium sweet onions
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ½ cup mascarpone cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup Hellman's mayonnaise
  • Sprinkle of Cayenne pepper (optional)
  1. Bring the mascarpone and sour cream to room temperature.
  2. Remove the brittle part of the outer onion. Cut onion in half, thinly slice onions.
  3. Place the butter and olive oil in a large skillet on high heat, once butter has melted add the onions. Stir onions to coat them in oil and butter. Lightly salt and pepper.
  4. Stir onions occasionally for first 15 minutes, reduce heat to medium once you see browning of the onions. Lightly salt and pepper the onions.
  5. After about 30 minutes you will need to continually stir the onions and reduce heat to medium low. Your onions should be a nice caramel color. Remove from heat.
  6. With an electric mixer beat together the mascarpone cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise. Gently stir in the onions.
  7. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
If you don't have mascarpone cheese then you can use cream cheese. Mascarpone is just slightly sweeter and lighter than cream cheese. Either one will yield delicious results.



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