Homemade French Onion Dip

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Once you make your own homemade French Onion Dip, you’ll never want store bought again! Fresh, caramelized onions are the secret to making a flavorful dip. 

Homemade French Onion Dip

French Onion Dip is a classic that can easily be found in most grocery stores. It’s one of our family’s favorites, and we used to buy it regularly. But have you ever had homemade from scratch French Onion Dip? If not, I’m going to warn you right now that there will be no going back once you’ve had Homemade French Onion Dip.

You’ll find some recipes for French Onion Dip that use dehydrated onion soup mix. If you’re in a hurry that will work, but to get savory authentic French Onion Dip you need to start with real, fresh, caramelized onions.

Ingredients for Homemade French Onion Dip

  • Caramelized onions
  • Sour cream
  • mayonnaise
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper
  • Cilantro

How to Caramelize Onions

It will take about 15 minutes to caramelize your onion. For this recipe you only need a couple of tablespoons of caramelized onions, which is about how much you’ll get from one medium sized onion. However, I usually cook 2 onions at a time and use the extra caramelized onions with other meals. They are great on sandwiches, steaks, or on toast with goat cheese. Yum!

For French Onion Dip you can use any kind of white onion such as yellow, Spanish, white, or Sweet Vidalia.

Thinly slice your onion. The thicker the onion slices, the longer they will take to cook.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan and heat over medium to low heat.
Place sliced onions in heated pan. Season with salt, if desired. Stir to coat all onions in the olive oil.

Continue to cook over medium to low heat stirring occasionally. Do not use high heat. You want to slow cook the onions so the natural sugars have time to caramelize. High heat will burn the onions and not produce the caramelized flavor we’re going for.
If the onions begin to stick to the pan or burn, add a little more olive oil.
The onions are done when they are a golden in color.
Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.

Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder, salt, pepper, caramelized onions, and cilantro in a large bowl.
Use a spoon to mix together well. Garnish the top with a few pieces of caramelized onion and cilantro if desired.
Serve immediately or refrigerate. May be stored in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

Homemade French Onion Dip with Chips

Tips & Tricks

  • Slice your onions thin to reduce the cooking time.
  • Make more caramelized onions than you need to serve with another dinner or add to sandwiches.
  • For a healthier version, substitute plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
  • Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container up to 5 days.
  • Great served with chips or vegetables for dipping.
Homemade French Onion Dip

Homemade French Onion Dip

Melisha Kreppein
Once you make your own homemade French Onion Dip, you’ll never want store bought again! Fresh, caramelized onions are the secret to making a flavorful dip. 
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snacks
Servings 6
Calories 208 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp Caramelized onions, chopped (1 medium onion)
  • 1 cup Sour cream
  • ¼ cup Mayonnaise
  • ½ tbsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Ground black pepper
  • cup Cilantro chopped

Instructions
 

Caramelize the Onion

  • Thinly slice your onion. The thicker the onion slices, the longer they will take to cook.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan and heat over medium to low heat.
  • Place sliced onions in heated pan. Season with salt, if desired. Stir to coat all onions in the olive oil.
  • Continue to cook over medium to low heat stirring occasionally. Do not use high heat. You want to slow cook the onions so the natural sugars have time to caramelize. High heat will burn the onions and not produce the caramelized flavor we’re going for.
  • If the onions begin to stick to the pan or burn, add a little more olive oil.
  • The onions are done when they are a golden in color.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.

Make the French Onion Dip

  • Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder, salt, pepper, caramelized onions, and cilantro in a large bowl.Use a spoon to mix together well. 
  • Garnish the top with a few pieces of caramelized onion and cilantro if desired.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate. May be stored in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

Notes

Tips & Tricks

  • Slice your onions thin to reduce the cooking time.
  • Make more caramelized onions than you need to serve with another dinner or add to sandwiches.
  • For a healthier version, substitute plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
  • Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container up to 5 days.
  • Great served with chips or vegetables for dipping.

Nutrition

Calories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 7.9gProtein: 1.9gFat: 11.4gSaturated Fat: 5.5gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 94mgPotassium: 66mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 3.3gCalcium: 47mg
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