Caramelized Onion Dip

February 13th, 2010 by katie

My mother-in-law makes a quick, easy onion dip using Lipton onion soup mix, sour cream and cream cheese that has been a party staple in our house.  It’s a good dip to make when you are out of time and need to bring something to the party.  If you have a little more time (and this dip gets better and better the longer it sits) this from scratch version is really flavorful and impressive.

French Onion Dip

makes about 3 cups, prep 20 min, adapted from Rachel Ray
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp beef base or 1 cube beef bouillon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  1. Heat butter and oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook onions and garlic until soft and browned.
  3. Add beef base or bouillon and water and continue to cook until mixture is combined.
  4. Season with Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper to taste.  Can be made in advance, cool and refrigerate onion mixture until ready to use.
  5. Using a hand held mixer (if necessary), combine sour cream, cream cheese, and onion mixture.
  6. Chill dip at least 30 minutes or up to several days.  Taste and adjust seasonings as desired before serving.

You really have to let the flavors develop in this dip.  If you try to serve it right away it will be bland and possibly even a little overly sweet from the caramelized onions.  I suggest making the dip at least a day ahead and letting it chill until serving time (if you can stay out of it that long!).

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15 Responses

  1. Michelle

    Looks good! I have one by Ina Garten that I really love too.

  2. Kristi Rimkus

    I’ve made the quick version of onion dip an it usually comes out tasting a bit too salty and without that authentic onion flavor. I love onion dip, so I can’t wait to try this!

  3. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

    I made one awhile back and it has been the most popular recipe I ever posted. Who knew??? It is so much better than the envelope and it’s always requested when I have a party. I’ll have to compare our recipes! Looks great Katie!

  4. Biz

    While I don’t like onions, my husband would be all over this!!

  5. Nadia @ for the love of yum

    I love onion dip with potato chips, reminds me of my childhood birthday parties (although the dip came from the grocery store). Hehe.

  6. sweetbird

    I was just thinking about how I wanted onion dip and ruffles the other day, but didn’t want to go the old Lipton Soup Mix routine.

    You’re reading my mind again…

  7. janelle

    I would eat way, way, way too much of this if I made it. It would have to constitute LUNCH in its entirety…

  8. Sandy

    OK, now I am hungry!! I am going to make this tonight, we have some plain chips at home with nothing to dip them in!

  9. Cookie

    I love onion dip but I’m embarassed to say that I’ve only made it from a mix but this recipe sounds simple enough. I like how you can (and should) make this in advance cuz it would be great for parties!

  10. Amy (Sing For Your Supper)

    Oh yum! This looks awesome! Must try!!

  11. Michelle {Brown Eyed Baker}

    Mmmm now I’m craving chips and dip! Looks (and sounds) wonderful!

  12. Sathya

    Ooo this sounds so good, I’m going to make it for the weekend!

  13. Megan

    YUM! This looks delicious! I want to go out and buy a bag of chips now just so I have an excuse to make this dip!

  14. Lea Ann

    Thank you for this recipe. I’ve not made the original (from the packet) for years. Seems like something has changed and I’m not as crazy about it as I used to be. Love a good onion dip and can’t wait to give this a try.

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