Make this dip once and you'll wonder WHY you ever considered store bought!
For New Year's I decided to treat myself by buying my favorite potato chips...they are my weakness...especially the ones with ridges ;) Since it was the holiday and we were staying in to watch the ball drop we splurged a little and got a BIG bag of chips. SO we popped open the bag and soon I was craving some dip to go with my crunchy, salt fix...but I failed to buy any when I bought the chips. Which only made me want it even more...you know how that is? Then I remembered that my mom use to make her own dip with Lipton Onion Soup Mix...BUT considering that I don't like de-hydrated, salty, preservative loaded, onion soup mix...I don't keep it in the house. Which only made me want it even more ;) However...I did have REAL onions in my refrigerator drawer...SO next thing you know I was looking up recipes at 10 o'clock at night on the internet. Thanks to Alton Brown...I found a basic recipe that I could adjust to my likin'. It took less than 15 minutes to whip up...and technically you should let it set up for a bit for the flavors to meld together...but even right out of the bowl it was so GOOD! Try it...you'll like it ;)
Gather your ingredients:
- 1 Large Onion
- 1 16 oz. Container Sour Cream
- 1/2 block Cream Cheese
- 1 tsp. Roasted Garlic
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (more or less ;)
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1/4 tsp. Pepper
Pour some olive oil into a skillet and place on a med-high burner. In the meantime, slice up your onion into small pieces (or the size you like for your dip ;) and add them to your hot skillet to saute them.
When your onions have become soft and golden you can add your roasted garlic. The original recipe called for Garlic Powder so feel free to use 1/2 tsp. to 1 tsp. of Garlic Power when you are combing the cream cheese and sour cream (do not add it to the skillet because it can burn and taste bitter ;) if that is all you have available. However, I prefer roasted garlic because it is easier to digest and remains sweet.
Remove your onions from the heat once you have them cooked the way you prefer them...I like mine almost caramelized because they are their sweetest then.
Place your 1/2 block of cream cheese in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
Add the container of sour cream and continue to whip with the mixer until combined.
Fold in your sauteed onions and garlic.
Add the salt and pepper to taste...which means you might like more than me ;}
AND now it is ready to eat right away...OR you can put it in the refrigerator and let it chill a bit!
NOT ME though...what ever doesn't fit back into the sour cream container (if you feel like being green ;) went into bowls for DH and I to dip right into...
No more runny, flavorless container dip at the Love Shack! Since New Year's I have made a few more batches...only now we are eating it with raw veggies. If I had a baked potato right now...I'd try it on that ;) You can make this low-fat by using low or non-fat cream cheese and sour cream...or healthy, by using organic ingredients...which I usually do but DH made the trip to the store for the ingredients for this batch...lol Homemade onion dip...Works-for-Me from here on out!
How about you...what recipe have you tried lately that has you scratchin' your head and leaves you wondering why you EVER tried store-bought?
Hope you are enjoying it...what-ever it is! Have a wonderful evening.