How to Make Onion Dip

Sweet caramelized onions in a tangy sour cream base are the perfect complement to salty chips.

Classic Onion Dip

French onion dip is one of the most popular chip dips in America, and small wonder. Sweet caramelized onions in a tangy sour cream base are the perfect complement to salty chips. Making your own is easy, using readily available ingredients. 

Start with Onions

Start with 2 large yellow onions.

Saute the Onions

Chop the onions into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch pieces. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat, add the onions and 1 tablespoon kosher or sea salt, and toss to make sure they’re well covered with the butter. Saute the onions, stirring to prevent scorching or sticking, until they are translucent. Add 1 tablespoon sugar, stir to combine, and turn the heat to low.

Caramelization

Slowly cook the onions over low heat, stirring frequently to prevent burning. If at any point the pan looks too dry or the onions are sticking to the pan, add a tablespoon or two of water and stir. The onions will turn from white to golden to a rich brown as they caramelize; this takes anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour. Remove from the heat, and allow to cool.

Mix It Up

Mix the cooled onions with 1 cup of sour cream, 1/2 cup of mayonnaise and a dash or two of Worcestershire sauce. Fold to combine, and add salt and pepper to taste, keeping in mind that the flavors will intensify over time.

Break Out the Chips

The dip is best made at least a few hours ahead, and preferably the night before. Serve it alongside your favorite chips. With its sweet and tangy flavor, don’t be surprised to find your friends reaching for another chip. The dip will last in the refrigerator, covered, for up to a week.

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