I think onion dip was one of the first thing I ever learned how to make as a kid.
This 1950’s classic onion soup mix and sour cream concoction is essential at American parties, BBQ’s, and picnics and I used to make it for after school snacks when I had friends around. I was thrilled to find that here in New Zealand they make a similar version, and it is just as common, if not more so, to have onion dip at parties and gatherings. The one main difference is that in New Zealand they use reduced dream instead of sour cream, but the overall flavor is very similar.
When I found this recipe for Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Dip, on the Kitchen Simplicity blog, it seemed like a good alternative that used fresh ingredients instead of the typical packaged and processed ones. The results are very similar tasting, although this recipe has the added subtle goat cheese flavor and a stronger caramelized onion taste, but there is nothing wrong with that as far as I am concerned. If you are going to eat onion dip , you might as well eat ONION dip.
Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Dip
MAKES: approx. 2 cups
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cups diced onion (about 2 medium onions)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup sour cream
- 4 oz. soft goat cheese
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
Heat oil in a pan or skillet over a medium-low heat. Add the chopped onions and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Cook the onions down, stirring often, until it caramelizes and turns a deep golden brown. Set the caramelized onion aside to cool slightly.
Meanwhile stir together sour cream and goat cheese, mashing the goat cheese with a fork
to break it up. I use the Tararua Lite sour cream as it is one of the only vegetarian sour creams you can find in New Zealand (only thr Lite version is vegetarian). Stir in the caramelized onions and garlic addong the fresh chives and more salt and pepper to taste.
Cover and refrigerate at least one hour before serving with corn chips, potato chips, pretzels, fresh bread, or any other party snack. Honesty, you could very easily just lick this off a spoon.