Recipe video above. Classic French Onion Dip - made at home! The key to the amazing flavour base is to cook the onions slowly because they sweeten and caramelise.
Prep Time10 minutesmins
Cook Time25 minutesmins
Total Time35 minutesmins
Course: Dip, Party Food
Cuisine: Western food
Keyword: french onion dip, onion dip
Servings: 21/4 cups
Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats
2 1/2cupsdiced onions(2 to 3 onions) (brown, yellow or white)
4 oz / 120 g cream cheese(cold), cut into cubes
1/4cupwhole egg mayonnaise
1/2cupsour cream(full fat is best, but you can use low fat or even yoghurt)
Melt the butter in a fry pan over medium heat.
Add the onions, salt, pepper, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring. Then reduce the heat to medium low and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. The onions should be sweet and golden. Remove from stove and allow to cool.
Place the cream cheese, sour cream and mayo in a bowl, mix until smooth (use microwave in 10 sec bursts if needed to assist)
Add the caramelised onions. Mix until just combined. Refrigerate at least 2 hours to allow flavours to develope, overnight is better!
Serve at room temperature, garnished with chopped chives if desired. Best served with crinkle cut plain potato chips!
1. Based on an Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) recipe.2. Changes I made (feel free to revert to the original recipe!): a) Original recipe called for 4 tbsp butter + 1/4 cup oil. I reduced it to just 3 tbsp of butter. This is very rich as it is - you don't need any more! b) Original recipe also called for 1/2 cup of mayonnaise. I found this too rich so I reduced it to 1/4 cup. c) Original recipe said to beat the cream cheese (at room temperature) with the mayonnaise and sour cream using a stand mixer. I tried this once and it is a bit fluffy at first but then it becomes denser after refrigerating it. So I make this by softening the cream cheese or even heating the cream cheese very gently in the microwave if necessary then simply stirring it with the other ingredients. Works perfectly, it's creamy and lump free (other than the onions of course!) d) I added onion powder as an optional extra because I like the extra kick of onion flavour. e) Original recipe called for 1 tsp of salt. I find this slightly too salty so I reduced it to 3/4 tsp.3. Nutrition per serving assuming 8 servings.