Caramelized Onion Dip

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 2 cups
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2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons olive oil 

3 pounds yellow onions, cut in half lengthwise and crosswise into 1/4-inch slices 

2 tablespoons brown sugar 

Salt and freshly ground pepper 

1/4 cup red wine vinegar 

3 dashes hot sauce, optional 

One 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened 

1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream 

Chopped chives, for garnish, optional 


  1. Heat the butter and olive oil in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sugar. Cook, stirring constantly, until soft and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Season with salt. Stir in the vinegar and simmer until the mixture is dry. Add the hot sauce if using. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow the onions to cool slightly.
  2. Mix the cream cheese until smooth in a large bowl. Fold in the sour cream and caramelized onions. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with chives if using. Can be eaten warm or transferred to the refrigerator to be eaten cold.