RECIPE: onion dip on steroids

Recently, a friend of mine turned me onto this recipe: Pan-fried onion dip. Thank you, Barefoot Contessa… this dip is sooooooooooooo stinking good. You didn’t have to share this recipe with the world… but you did! Thank you for that!

And I’ve made it a few times and it’s a great hit… from a house-warming party to the office to a Creative Getaway… the dip is a hit! Again, Barefoot… thanks for helping me look so good. But I have decided to raise the bar… just a couple extra steps. Take a stroll through my kitchen and see for yourself. Here’s how I do it:

First, I fry some bacon in my All-Clad… I love the way that pan crisps up the bacon!

While the bacon is frying, I slice up two medium-sized yellow onions.

And like the recipe calls, I add some butter and oil to the pan WITHOUT removing any of the bacon grease. (I just reduce the oil by the approximate amount of bacon grease left in the pan…)

The heat is set to medium heat, and I’m stirring those onions around like there’s no tomorrow… ok, but only because I’m scraping off all the bacon goodness from the bottom and sides of that All-Clad pan. Go ahead, I dare you… oh, and don’t forget to add those spices. The cayenne pepper is a perfect fit!

And while Barefoot Contessa’s recipe says to brown and caramelize the onions for about 20 more minutes… I let mine hang out on low for almost an hour. Just makes them a little darker… and a little more fantastic!

Next? Well, let’s back up for a second… before I started slicing the onions I took out some cream cheese to come to room temperature. To that I added some sour cream and mayonnaise… yes, it’s that creamy!

And then it’s time to bring it all together. First we add caramelized onions to the creamy goodness…

And then we crumble about 4 slices of bacon in there… and keep stirring…

And that’s it… it takes some time… but it’s oh-so-worth-it!!!

So, can you blame me?! I crust up some bread under the broiler (drizzled with a little bit of olive oil)… and start dipping…


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