caramelized onion dip {chic eats}

I love too cook.

I have always enjoyed it and especially took a love for it when a great chef friend of mine would come and visit, send me a grocery list prior and he would teach me new and different dishes~ those are still some of my most favourite cooking memories.

So many times in life I’ve said “oh I could make that”…. but usually it’s referring to furniture.  And the look on my Dad’s face is priceless when I say “hey Dad what are you doing next week….”  Usually this is followed by crickets **silence** (I think he thinks if he doesn’t acknowledge me I’ll go away)~ ha ha sorry Dad I’ve never given up that easily.  Especially since he has a great big warm shop with all the tools you could ever need, and the skill to make almost anything.  So needless to say I (we’ve) made many a project together~ dining room tables, refinished buffets, and my favourite recovering random chairs while being 9 month pregnant and overdue.

All of this to say that while I usually will tackle these projects with a confidence that really doesn’t make sense since as I may or may not have passed woodwork 10 in highschool (the teachers were on strike that semester and I don’t think we received report cards) somehow I got in my head certain cooking items were off limits ~ just too hard.  Risostoo, crepes, souffle, ect… and caramelized onions was another.

I’m going to write weekly posts tackling some of these recipes and hopefully share tips as too what I’ve found to work and make recipes easier.

I’ll start first with this yummy caramelized onion dip.

I found the key to caramelized onions is time and butter.

Melt 1/4 cup of butter and 2 TBSP olive oil (the oil is important to keep the butter from burning)~ a heavy bottomed frying pan is best.  Slice 1 whole onion really thinly and add to the butter.  Turn the heat down to 1/4-1/2 power, then stir them occasionally.  This step will take 15- 20 minutes.

photo 1~ 1 minute cooked

photo 2 ~ 5 minutes cooked

photo 3 ~ 15 minutes cooked

{you can see in #3 that there is still a fair amount of butter~ this is what keeps the onions from burning}


After 20 minutes you’ll have this lovely golden caramelized onion goodness.  Lift the onions out with a fork and if you’re concerned about the extra butter let them sit on a paper towel for a minute.


While the onions are cooking down, mix 1/2 block of cream cheese (room temperature), 1/4 cup of mayonnaise, and 1/4 cup of sour cream, 1/4 tsp cumin and 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper.  Then fold in the onions.



Enjoy with chips or pita triangles.  We used the leftover dip as a spread in our wraps :)

Caramelized onions are also great on pizza, salads or for a quick appetizer layer with goat cheese on a cracker.

Posted on: June 29th, 2011 by Leslie 2 Comments

2 Responses

  1. Jacqueline says:

    Yum! What a delicious summer treat!

  2. melissa says:

    Oh.My.Yum!! I’m definitely going to try this, thanks for sharing! :)