Healthier Caramelized Onion Dip

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Caramelized Onion Dip

This easy caramelized onion dip is the ultimate party food.  Skip the boxed mix and make your own homemade French onion dip to serve with chips or crunchy veggies.

Vidalia onions are on sale for just $.99/lb. at Safeway.  Now is a great time to stock up on sweet onions.  Sweet onions make a fabulous French onion dip, or caramelized onion dip.

Combine onions with butter, olive oil, grated garlic and fresh thyme in a saute pan until the onions are soft and caramelized – this takes about 30 to 40 minutes.

Combine with sour cream, quark or Greek yogurt and lemon juice and zest for a touch of brightness and serve.  The dip is out of this world delicious!

The healthier option is quark because it uses ultrafiltered milk so there is more protein per cup and fewer sugars.

Let’s talk about the onions for a moment.  What makes a Vidalia onion special?

All Vidalias are sweet onions, but not all sweet onions are Vidalias.   There are several qualifications an onion must meet to be a Vidalia onion.

Vidalia onions are grown in Georgia and have a sweet, mild flavor profile that is an essential ingredient for a wide range of dishes including salads, dressings and even desserts.

Vidalia onions are Georgia’s official state vegetable, grown on 12,000 acres annually and represent about 40 percent of the sweet onion market.

Ingredients for Caramelized Onion Dip

  • 3 small-medium sweet Vidalia onions, thinly sliced.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 cup quark, sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • zest of lemon
  • 1 tablespoon juice of a lemon
  • salt and pepper

How to make Caramelized Onion Dip

Heat non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Add butter and olive oil.  Once butter is melted, add the sliced onions and sprigs of thyme.  Sprinkle a pinch of salt on the onions to draw out the moisture and help soften the onions.  Saute the onions, stirring frequently for about 40 minutes until the onions are a deep golden brown color.

Discard the thyme and let the onions cool.

Mix the caramelized onions, sour cream or yogurt, green onions, zest of lemon, lemon juice and salt and pepper in a medium bowl until well combined.

Serve with crunchy peppers, celery, carrots, potato chips, thin crisps or your favorite crackers.

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Caramelized_onion_Dip

Caramelized Onion Dip

This easy caramelized onion dip is the ultimate party food.  Skip the boxed mix and make your own homemade French onion dip to serve with chips or crunchy veggies.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramelized Onion Dip, French Onion Dip
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 112 servings
Calories:
Author: Eva Fry

Ingredients

  • 1 large Vidalia onion or 3 small sweet onions thinly sliced.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 cup quark sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced
  • zest of lemon
  • 1 tablespoon juice of a lemon
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Heat non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Add butter and olive oil.  Once butter is melted, add the sliced onions and sprigs of thyme.  Sprinkle a pinch of salt on the onions to draw out the moisture and help soften the onions.  Saute the onions, stirring frequently for about 40 minutes until the onions are a deep golden brown color.
  • Discard the thyme and let the onions cool.
  • Mix the caramelized onions, sour cream or yogurt, green onions, zest of lemon, lemon juice and salt and pepper in a medium bowl until well combined.
  • Serve with crunchy peppers, celery, carrots, potato chips, thin crisps or your favorite crackers.

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