Classic French Onion Dip is given a wholesome makeover with some Greek Yogurt and slow caramelized onions. Perfect for potlucks, football Sunday, and even worthy of a spot on your holiday table. It’s a classic dish with a nutritious spin. Creamy, tangy, a little sweet and packed full of onion flavor. It’s a crowd-pleaser whether served with crudites or chips.
I planned out our Thanksgiving menu this year somewhat last minute, and couldn’t help but feel that something was missing. I racked my brain, I pulled out some hair, I ate some cookies. Then it occurred to me. It was the onion dip! How could we have a holiday without onion dip? I rummaged around in my fridge, caramelized some onions, and this is what I came up with. The outcome was rated “blog worthy” by all who sampled, so here we are. I re-made it and photographed it for the interwebz. Hooray!
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Ah, the ubiquitous onion dip – it’s a mainstay on the American party platter. We had a big bowl at every family gathering when I was a kid, and it was flippin’ delicious. If you can look past the rather dubious ingredient list, and the alarming sodium content, it’s tempting to eat the whole bowl. Luckily, with this updated version – you really could!
As I’m making a genuine effort to eat a clean diet (aka nothing pre-prepared or in packet form,) a compromise would have to be made. Greek yogurt to the rescue! I love Greek yogurt, and have some in my fridge all the time. It’s a staple around here. I love it for the protein, calcium, and low sodium content. The applications are only limited by your imagination. Savory or sweet, it’s hard to beat! Oh goodness…..I just wrote a jingle. Someone help me.
Here are a few more of my favorite recipes using yogurt (plus links):
Okay, so I’m busted. This dip isn’t totally “clean” I just realized I used “Laughing Cow” cheese wedges as a binder. I really enjoy them, and their convenient built in portion control. Feel free to sub with light cream cheese.
- 1 sweet onion (diced)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon olive oil (keeps the butter from burning)
- Splash of white wine, vermouth, or stock
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme (crushed in your hand)
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
- 4 wedges laughing cow cheese, swiss flavor (1/4 cup low fat cream cheese as a sub)
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the onions:
- Heat a heavy bottomed skillet or saucepan to medium heat and melt butter with olive oil
- Add onions and toss to coat with melted butter
- Reduce heat to lowest setting, cover, and allow onions to sweat for about 8 minutes, checking sometime in the middle to be sure the bottom isn’t burning
- Raise heat just slightly and allow onions to caramelize, stirring every few minutes, and being sure to scrape up any browned bits from the pan. It will take about 25 minutes for the onions to become a deep caramel color
- Deglaze pan with vermouth (or chosen liquid), being sure to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan
- Transfer onions to a bowl and allow to cool
Putting together the dip:
- Add remaining ingredients to a mixing bowl and blend together with an electric hand mixer until smooth.
- Fold in onions
The flavor of this dip actually improves with some time in the fridge, so feel free to make it a day or two in advance. I prepared it the night before and was pleased to find the flavors had deepened and infused delicious onion flavor into every bite. YUM.
I’m hungry all over again now.
I served this little snack on my favorite whole grain crackers, but French Onion Dip is good on anything! Carrots, pita chips, celery, bagels, chips – oh my.
Picture overload time:
PS: It takes just as long to caramelize 5 onions as it does 1. Take advantage of this situation and make 2 dishes at once! Classic French onion soup calls for about 6 cups of raw onion. Make enough for the soup, and set some aside for the dip. 2 birds, 1 stone…..errrr….2 dishes, 7 onions, 1 pot… Something like that.
Happy Wednesday evening everyone!