Caramelized Onion Dip

Caramelized Onion Dip


  • Caramelized Onion Dip
  • You can also sauté bacon or pancetta bits and add to the onion dip.
  • Makes 2 cups
  • 2 large yellow onions
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup good mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme


Cut the onions in half and then slice them into 1/8-inch thick half-rounds. (You will have about 3 cups of onions.) Heat the butter and oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onions, cayenne, salt, and pepper and sauté 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 the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth. Add the onions and mix well. Taste for seasonings. Serve at room temperature.

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