Let me begin with a confession. I love onion dip. You know the one with a tub of sour cream and a package of Lipton® Recipe Secrets® Onion Soup Mix…hand me some potato chips and I’m Super Bowl happy. Well, at least until the sodium and food additives hit me like a ton of bricks with unquenchable thirst, puffy hands, and a headache—that’s what we call a junk food hangover and it is no fun.
Lipton® Recipe Secrets® Onion Soup Mix ingredients: onions (dehydrated), salt, cornstarch, onion powder, sugar, autolyzed yeast extract (barley), caramel color, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, monosodium glutamate, corn syrup, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, sulfur dioxide (used to protect quality)
Each year when it’s time to plan our Super Bowl menu, the tug-of-war begins. Like I said, I love the stuff, and I know it is something I should never eat. So justification ensues (it’s only one time) and the denial I so easily slip into begins to win … crazy, I know.
Last week when refining this recipe, I was ecstatic to find a replacement for my beloved, yet terrible vice. I’m always happy to replace junk with healthy, delicious, whole food—always. This Caramelized Onion Dip is a happy dance just waiting to happen. The aroma of sweet onions as they glistened in the skillet, color and flavor deepening, proved worthy of the patience and anticipation. Sweet, savory, creamy richness all from real, slow, good for you food.
One bite and I knew my tug-of-war days were behind me for good (at least in this regard).
Don’t let the idea of nursing the components of a party dip on the stove for more than an hour dissuade you for a second. Caramelizing onions is not a labor-intensive task; it only requires a little patience and the occasional stir. Unload the dishwasher, prep food for dinner, do the laundry—you get the idea—just let the onions do their thing. It will keep in the fridge for up to a week, so if by chance there is any left over after the Super Bowl, use it for burger dressings, sandwich spreads, and chili toppings too.
Adapted from Celebrations.com Healthy Onion Dip