California Onion Dip


Do you have a favorite chip dip? My kiddos have always liked the concoction made by mixing sour cream and Lipton Onion Soup Mix. This is the fancy homemade version of that dip and it is unbelievably delicious! It's a recipe from an Alton Brown show many years ago, and we've been making it ever since discovering it. Anything with caramelized onions is a winner in my book. Try this out and watch it disappear! Very popular at barbeques too.


California Onion Dip

Makes 2 cups


2 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 cups diced sweet onion (about 1 medium Vidalia onion)

sprinkle of salt

1 1/2 cups sour cream

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt


In a large skillet, melt butter. Add diced onions and sprinkle with salt. Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are caramelized and start to brown; about 20 minutes. Cool the onions. In a mixing bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder, pepper, and salt. Add onions and stir to combine. Refrigerate and stir before serving. Serve with potato chips, crackers, or vegetables.


Step-by-step tutorial:


Gather your ingredients. You will need a sweet onion, butter, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.


In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add 1 1/2 cups diced onions. I dice mine in my Ninja chopper so they are very fine.....this way they don't bother the kiddos.


Sprinkle the onions with salt. This helps to pull out the moisture so they can caramelize nicely. Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes.


The onions will be starting to brown and smell amazing.


In a mixing bowl, add 1 1/2 cups sour cream, 3/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.


Add the cooled onions.


Stir until smooth and combined. Cover and refrigerate so the flavors can meld.


Serve with your favorite potato chips!


This dip is a favorite for picnics, barbecues, lunches, or late night snacking. It makes a lot so it's easily sharable!


Recipe Source: Recipe from Alton Brown on Food Network

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