Homemade French Onion Dip.
YOU GUYS. This dip. There are no words.
Except that there will probably be about 700 of them by the time I get finished with this. Hashtag wordy girl problems.
So. Growing up, Mother Lovett was the queen of dips. My mom was not far behind. And we are not talking homemade dips. Like the dips in plastic tubs from the grocery stored adorned with delicious labels such as horseradish bacon, blue cheese, ranch and French onion. There were often three flavors open at any given time, one of which was probably expired (ML said it was cool though – this is the woman who had an unused bottle of soy sauce that expired in 1979… in 2008) and quite the array of chips stocked away in a kitchen cabinet. It wasn’t a trip to grandma’s unless chips and dip could be found on the counter! Duh. The late 80s and early 90s were made for chips, dip (was I allowed to say “heluva” on the dip container since it included a BAD WORD), figuring out how to have my own babysitter’s club without actually babysitting and kicking back in my jelly shoes.
2015 is all about chips, (homemade) dip, wishing I had that babysitter’s club years ago since I’m clueless and now have an actual baby and trying to figure out WTF people are doing in jelly shoes today. At least flat jelly shoes.
Now jelly heels? I can get behind.
Most normal people would serve stunningly vibrant, fresh and crisp vegetables with a rich dip like this. Like gorgeous purples and pinks and greens and oranges and… and…
I made some herby buttery baguettes! They’re dreamy. Addictive. It’s super hard to not eat four of them before they make their dip debut. Take said bread. Spread it with softened butter mixed with herbs and sea salt and broil until toasty. The butter kind of browns too. Try not to eat entire loaf. If you find it impossible, we are kindred spirits.
This is not my first trip into onion dip territory. I’ve made a full greek yogurt version before (complete with Mother Lovett’s dip obsession) and happen to make it often. And it’s great. It is exactly as it sounds – a delicious greek yogurt dip with caramelized onions.
This is DIFFERENT.
I caramelized these onions for an eternity. Or for like two hours. Actually, four hours, but who is counting? Besides me. I’m counting.
It only takes two, for sure – if you want to go the extra two, it just means more delicious sugar and caramel flavor. I went the extra two by accident. By exhaustion accident. And after all that business, the super high maintenance caramelization process, you’re going to puree the heck out of the onions. The HECK. It’s like onion syrup. But in a good way.
And then you will puree cream cheese and yogurt and fabulous things that translate to so much flavor. Oh mylanta. It’s ridiculous.
Now, I really, really loved that butternut goat cheese dip I made a few weeks ago. I really love this white pizza dip. This honey blue cheese fig dip knocks it out of the park.
Buuuuut I might venture to say that this French onion dip is my favorite dips out of all the dips. It is seriously PACKED with flavor. It’s thick and rich and creamy and tastes like all sorts of delicious nostalgia. You can make it the day before – in fact, it gets better once it sits over night. It’s cold, so it will be awesome all summer. And spring. And every season.
You can use it on a spread for sandwiches. I might have done that. I might have done that on a freaking veggie sandwich.
In other words, this dip has super powers.
Homemade French Onion Dip
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 sweet onions, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 8 ounces (1 block) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt, I recommend at least 2%, prefer whole
- for topping, optional
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons freshly snipped chives
- 1 baguette, sliced
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Heat a large pot or skillet over low heat and add the olive oil and butter. Stir in the chopped onions, salt and pepper and stir to coat. Cover and cook until the onions are deeply golden and caramely, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring every ten minutes or so. If at any point the onions are burning, your heat is too high. Once the onions are golden and caramelized, stir in the brown sugar and cook for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the garlic, cooking for another minute, then turn off the heat.
- Place the caramelized onions in a food processor and blend until pureed. Add in the cream cheese and blend until creamy. Add in the yogurt and blend again until combined. Taste and season additionally if desired. Scoop the dip into a bowl and cover it tightly with plastic wrap, refrigerating at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Take the dip out of the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature. While that is happening, heat a skillet over medium-low heat and add the olive oil and butter. Throw in the sliced onions and salt, stirring to coat. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the brown sugar and cook for another 10 minutes until deeply golden. If at any time the onions and sugar are burning, reduce your heat.
- Stir the caramelized sliced onions and chives into the dip before serving.
- Preheat the broiler in your oven. Place the sliced bread on a baking sheet. In a bowl, stir together the butter, basil, oregano, garlic powder and salt. Spread it on each baguette. Set the sheet under the broiler and cook until just golden and toast – about 2 to 3 minutes. Keep an eye on the bread the entire time as it can burn quickly! Serve with the bread, along with some veggies, chips or pretzels.
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You could maybe mistake this for french onion ice cream? Okay too far. Too far.
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This would definitely be one of those dips that you set out and it’s gone in a matter of seconds! I will make this for sure, and will double the recipe!
Omg french onion dip is one of my faves..this looks amazing! I totally forgot about Heluva Good Dips..years ago my family would by the french onion one all the time and I’d eat it with Ruffles until it was gone. SO good! I’m gonna have to make this!
This was my childhood.
I wouldn’t expect veggies to be served with an insanely delicious and sugary dip such as this! Bring on those brown buttered baguettes!
I found definitely eat a whole loaf of those toasty baguettes if you promise not to tell :) So good!
Yum, this looks delicious !
Dips are the bestttttt!
YUM that dip looks sooo good – bookmarked! ❤
Mmmmm how weird would it be, if this is made for breakfast … I’d eat it on toast ( you know to justify the breakfast-ness)
We LOVE dips around here and this one looks delish!!
This dip is the dip of my dreams!! Yum!
So tasty!!! The toasty baguettes were totally the way to go. Vegetables definitely do not belong near all of that deliciousness.
Ha!! I loved reading this post!! You are such a great writer. ML sounds like my grandmother on my dad’s side! Every time I visit her, which unfortunately isn’t too often since she lives in England, I find cans of god knows what that are from the 1980s. I can NEVER convince her to throw them away…
I can totally get behind this dip.
Kindered spirits we are! I could take a whole loaf of toasted french down no problem. Then i would need to go to the gym for like a bagillion hours! This dip is going to my family Easter this year, not questions asked… drooling!
I love dips, and I adore French onion everything. Caramelized onions are the best!! And, um, we’re definitely kindred spirits. That whole loaf of buttery bread wouldn’t stand a chance.
OMG this looks heavenly! Can’t wait to div into it with a toasted baguette!
Um THANK YOU. I too was raised in a dip family – though it was pretty exclusively Lipton dry onion soup mix and a container of sour cream. Every weekend. Consumed by all. I’ve stopped eating it in the last few years, mostly out of guilt, but have been craving it recently and thinking of trying to make a fresher version…and then you’re like BOOM here’s one. You are the best.
I would not be able to stop myself with this. Buttery baguette AND french onion dip- pure perfection! My sweet grandma always insisted on keeping expired foods too. We joked that her stomach must have been made of steel. Ha!
Wahhh, Jessica! This looks so good that I’m crying. I love your dips and have made the white pizza one about six times. People are always craving white pizza dip. I can’t wait to try this. The pictures speak for themselves. YUM!
I want to face plant right into that bowl! This dip looks outrageously good! I’m loving your blog!
Oh. MY. GAWD. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try this! UGH!! So hungry now!
its like onion soup in a dip! Maybe I will dip some croissant in for the full impact :)
My grandma totally always had dip and chips out too, it must be a grandma thing! This french onion dip looks fantastic – onion dip was always my favourite one! Pinned!
Ohh yes! This looks amazing. I always caramelize my onions longer than I should, but it just tastes so good!
Ugh. SO GOOD. Just… so good.
I don’t need entrees or full dinners; just bring me dips!! Dip queen right here! I would go to town on this stuff…wow, so much flavor and so creamy looking! Love it!
Cannot wait to make this! Thanks so much!
Ohlalala so yummy!
Omg!! I remember when my Le Creuset pan was that white!!! Making this tomorrow!!
Mmmmm thanks for sharing, will try this for sure!! Obsessed with dips..:)
Ugh WHY are jelly shoes reappearing again?? It’s one of those things that ONLY works on children. Like big bows on a child’s head, it works! Big bows on an adult’s head and you’re crossing terrifying 80’s territory. Awful.
However, this dip looks perfect! I definitely know which dip containers you’re referring too and grew up with them as well. I never liked them but my world was changed when my aunt made french onion dip from scratch.
OMG. I love dips. LOVE THEM. I make a mean spinach dip that is always the first to go at parties. But this, this sounds like something I might hoard to myself. No sharsies.
I love all the words!! And all the dips! I don’t even need a meal, just the dip. All day long.
Oh dear. This looks fantastic, which means I will have to make it, which means I will have to eat it. I guess there are worse things.
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French onion dip is my absolute favorite! I love that this doesn’t use any sour cream because we don’t get along.
This sounds amazing! My family loves french onion dip!
Jessica, when are you going to market your sublime eats so that those of us who have no time to prepare these mouth-drooling recipes can feast on them simply by going to market to purchase? Would love to see your delicious food on the shelves ready to buy!!
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I love french dip but I hate to buy it with all of the additives. I can’t wait to try this. Yum!
I will do this for my boyfriend. He would love this dip :)
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This with homemade potato chips. To.Die.For.
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Ok I’m just sitting there, drooling over your recipe and in an urge to make it like right NOW but I only have “regular” yellow onions, no sweet onions…. since I am clearly too lazy (read hungry) to go to the grocery store, do you think I can still pull it off with the onions I have??
Thanks in advance!
Hungry Marie :)