Thursday, August 5, 2010

French Onion Dip

Do you have a husband that on occasion will bring home some utterly delicious junk food from the grocery store? Well, I do, but mine only brings home salty snack food. I'm still working on getting him to buy all the chocolaty treats though. Anyways, one of those times he brought home a tub of French Onion Dip along with a bag of chips. He was even trying to be "good" and bought the low-fat kind. Calorie wise, it wasn't too bad unless you ate the whole container, but looking at the ingredient list I felt a little nauseous. I get extremely upset when you can't pronounce half of the ingredients in the product. I mean really, is it necessary to add all of this additional junk into it? Yes, I do understand that preservatives are necessary, but there are also a lot of unnecessary additives in convenience food. I'm very passionate about the fact that many of these foods can be simply prepared at home with great results. They do take a little bit longer to make than going to a store and purchasing them, and I know sometimes when in a bind they are convenient, but homemade is always better in my opinion!

I've made french onion dip before by taking sour cream and a Lipton onion soup mix envelope. Still better than the pre-mixed stuff, but after looking over the mix not much healthier. I figured there must be a recipe out there for a homemade French Onion Dip, and I was going to find it. Which is where and Rachael Ray came to the rescue. I'm not the world's biggest Rachael Ray fan, but the dip sounded promising.

After cutting and cooking the onions along with some seasoning, all you have to do is add the onion mixture to the cream cheese and sour cream. That's it, easy enough, right? I had to tweak the original a bit, but not much. The result is a fabulous dip that actually tasted even better after sitting overnight in the refrigerator. This dip makes a lot, but can be halved easily for smaller gatherings. It can be served with chips, but is just as good with cut up vegetables or crostini. It is also a great dip to take along on picnic's or potluck's. This is definitely a new recipe to add to my collection to be made many more times.

French Onion Dip

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 medium onions, quartered lengthwise then very thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cubes beef bouillon (I used 2 teaspoons of this)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup beer (or additional water)
black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups sour cream
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
Salt to taste

Place a medium skillet over medium to medium high heat and add the extra-virgin olive oil and the butter. Melt butter into oil then add onions and garlic cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add bouillon cube to the pan with water and beer (or all water) and cook until it "melts" coating onions, stirring frequently, 3 minutes. Season the onions with pepper, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce. Remove from heat and transfer to a plate to quick-cool a bit.

In a medium bowl, mix together the sour cream and softened cream cheese using a rubber spatula. Stir in the onion mixture until completely combined, add salt if necessary. Chill for a couple of hours before serving.

Adapted from: Rachael Ray


  1. Homemade IS better! My boyfriend is always bringing home bags of chips. He would die if I made this dip, he loves french onion! Awesome recipe, Susi. Thanks!

  2. French onion is one of my favorite dips! And I have to agree with everything you said. Home made is always worth the effort. I bet this is delicious!

  3. This sounds scrumptious. I will make it for my husband, who absolutely loves chips and dip. Not only does homemade taste better, it is more healthful, and it is a demonstration of love.

  4. I love that you took the time to make this from scratch. It looks so much better than anything you can buy off a store shelf and I bet it tasted phenomenal!

  5. Totally agree. Homemade always tastes better and is better for you. I also use the organic Chicken "Better than Boulllion" base. I think that the beef one has a funny taste to it.

  6. It really sounds delicious. It's wonderful to have the time to make things from scratch. It is one of the pleasures of retirement for me. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. My husband and my kids love that french onion dip in a tub (ugh). I think your recipe is a great idea to try to move them away from the store bought brands with hardly any ingredients that can be pronounced to a homemade version.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  8. Oh, this looks great! One of my husband's favorite snacks is french onion dip with fritos, but I hate all the additives in the store bought kind too. I will have to try this for sure. Thanks for visiting my blog :)

  9. How lucky you are - my husband doesn;t even know where the store is lol
    I've not had French Onion Dip since I left home, thank you for reminding me ;0)

  10. My husband brings home nothing but salty sanck food...which I can't say no too. Bad willpower...I'll never get this baby weight off, especially now that I have a recipe for REAL French Onion Dip.

  11. My hubby brings home ice cream instead of salty snacks, which is good because I can resist ice cream but not salty snacks. I eat potato chips at my mom's house because if I brought them home I'd eat the whole bag! This recipe would be awesome for a party or gathering though, so I wouldn't eat it and the chips all myself. Thanks!

  12. I haven't had French Onion dip in many, many years. Sour cream with the lipton mix was a staple at family parties growing up. I love that you found a homemade version. I bet it was outrageously good!

  13. Oh man this looks delicious! And your photographs are beautiful! Everything here looks great!
    I recently launched my own blog, I'd love for you to check it out and let me know what you think! :) Thanks!

  14. oh, I have to try this sauce! it sounds so delicious!

  15. I do agree with you: there's nothing like home-made food. I make at home almost everything (but bread, I gotta confess I have no time for that). And this dip is mouth-watering!

  16. Excellent dip! I found this recipe on pinterest and will be pinning it as a go-to. My husband was disappointed that I won't be buying any more french onion dip from the store (MSG leading to headaches), but was quickly restored his faith with this dip. Thank you for posting!

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