A dip is a dip is dip, right?
Saying that all dips are created equal is pretty much like blanketing all pizza as identical, which we all know is indisputably false. There are hand-tossed and thin crust pizzas. Red sauced and white sauced pizzas. Pizza pies and calzones. Chicago and New York style. The list goes on and on.
In the case of dips, the variations are even more vast. There are cheese dips (that’s a sub-category in and of itself). Bean Dips. Spinach dips. Salsas. Tapenades. Guacamole. No dip is alike, and most don’t even boast similar ingredients.
Of course, some dips are more mainstream than others – take for instance, good old-fashioned French onion dip. This particular dip is one that has graced pretty much every single American tabletop at one point or another. Typically this dip is chock-full of sodium and likely from a little blue box picked up in the processed food isle at the grocery store. While I don’t chastise those that use a prepared mix, I do want those people to know that there are infinitely better options out there.
So! That brings us to the dip I deem the most delicious. It’s infinitely better than store-bought and universally swooned over by picky and seasoned eaters alike. And bonus? The stuff is actually decently healthy.
The original recipe is actually adapted from Amy Thieland, you may have seen her on the Food Network. Her food is down-to-earth and approachable, but has just a little somethin’ somethin’ that elevates it to the next level, which is what initially drew me in. She’s quickly become one of my favorite personalities on the network, not only for her amazing food (it’s centered on the Midwest which I love), but also for her calming personality and innate ease on screen.
While French onion dip is not something that initially comes to mind when party planning, her version completely changed my perception, and with Labor Day coming up this weekend, I thought there was no better time than now to share.
The base starts with a little bit of brown butter, and since I only use two tablespoons, I really try to get it as brown as possible without burning it. Once it reaches that point the onions are thrown in, caramelized and then hit with a little bit of honey, red pepper flake, garlic and dry sherry. All the onions are then chopped up, combined with low-fat Greek yogurt, a little bit of softened (light) cream cheese and chives and this updated classic is ready to be served.
This stuff is highly addictive, so I would definitely recommend making a double or triple batch, otherwise it might disappear from your table almost instantaneously…
French onion dip no longer comes from a box! Homemade brown butter french onion dip is not only seriously addictive and delicious, it's low-fat too!
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 large onion, sliced
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 3 garlic cloves
- ¼ cup dry sherry
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flake
- 2 ounces light cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons chives, plus more for garnish.
- In a medium sauté pan, over a medium-high heat, meal butter. Continue to let the butter cook until it starts to brown, swirling the pan as it does so. Once the butter is brown and smells nutty, (but NOT burnt) add onions and salt. Cook until until they are caramelized, and even a little charred on the edges, about 10-12 minutes. Stir occasionally. Once the onions are cooked, add the garlic, red pepper flake and honey. Cook another minute or so. Add the sherry, and cook until almost all the liquid has evaporated. Let cool.
- In a small bowl mix greek yogurt and cream cheese until smooth. IMPORTANT! Make sure the onions and garlic are cool before adding into the greek yogurt and cream cheese, otherwise it will be runny! Add cooled onion mixture along with any juices that have accumulated and chives. Mix until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with chives if desired.
*Recipe adapted from Amy Thieland