Real French Onion Dip Recipe

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A creamy dip with an intensely onion flavored base. A splash of lemon juice adds some brightness while a bit of Worcestershire sauce gives it a meaty, umami-ful backbone. Looking to up the umami factor even more, I decided to also add a touch of grated Parmesan cheese.

Recipe Facts

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Active: 30 mins
Total: 0 mins
Serves: 8 to 10 servings
Makes: 2 cups

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Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • 3 large yellow onions, finely diced (about 1 quart)

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 3/4 cup sour cream

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 ounce finely grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon finely sliced chives

Directions

  1. Heat sugar in a 12-inch stainless-steel skillet over medium-high heat until completely melted and light brown, about 3 minutes. Immediately add onions and stir with wooden spoon to coat onions in sugar. Add butter, baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, and a few grinds black pepper. Toss to combine. Cook, shaking pan occasionally until onions release all their liquid and brown coating builds up on bottom of pan, 6 to 8 minutes.

  2. Add 2 tablespoons water shake pan while scraping with wooden spoon to deglaze brown bits from bottom of pan. Continue cooking, shaking occasionally until coating begins to build up again, 3 to 5 minutes. Repeat deglazing and cooking steps three more times until all water is used up and onions are deep brown. Transfer to medium mixing bowl and allow to rest at room temperature for 5 minutes.

  3. Add sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, parmesan, and Worcestershire and whisk to combine. For smoother texture, run through blender or food processor. Chill in a sealed container for at least 1 hour and up to 5 days (flavor will improve with time). Spoon into a bowl, sprinkle with chives, and serve with chips.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
166 Calories
13g Fat
11g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 166
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 273mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 172mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)