Homemade French Onion Dip

This homemade French onion dip recipe features deeply caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, some seasonings, sour cream and mayonnaise. Easy and SO delicious! | browneyedbaker.com
This homemade French onion dip recipe features deeply caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, some seasonings, sour cream and mayonnaise. Easy and SO delicious! | browneyedbaker.com
This homemade French onion dip features deeply caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, sour cream and mayonnaise. Easy and SO delicious!

This homemade French onion dip recipe features deeply caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, some seasonings, sour cream and mayonnaise. Easy and SO delicious! | browneyedbaker.com

In my house growing up, foods like potato chips were never stocked in the pantry, but rather reserved for special occasions like birthdays or New Year’s Eve parties. So it wasn’t until I was older – high school or college – that I discovered the pure awesomeness that is a potato chip swimming in French onion dip. A couple of years ago, I went through a phase where I was buying potato chips and French onion dip on the regular and using any sporting event on TV as an excuse to dig in.

We’ve been laying off the snack foods here, but with the Super Bowl coming up, I wanted to finally try my hand at a homemade French onion dip. Turns out, it’s even better than I thought it would be and so easy to make!

This homemade French onion dip recipe features deeply caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, some seasonings, sour cream and mayonnaise. Easy and SO delicious! | browneyedbaker.com

The base of this dip is comprised of caramelized onions – they are cooked over low heat for a total of 30 minutes until they are a wonderful deep golden brown. A little bit of balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and a pinch of cayenne, and the whole mixture is stirred into sour cream and mayonnaise (but not as much as you’d think!).

Since the onions are diced small, it’s incredibly easy to plunge a potato chip into the dip and pile it high. However, if you have any texture aversions and prefer a smoother dip, I think you could give everything a few quick pulses in the food processor to smooth it out.

Whether you’re having a Super Bowl party or just love collecting awesome appetizer recipes (this would be me), this is one you’ll definitely want to add to your stash for any and all future parties!

This homemade French onion dip recipe features deeply caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, some seasonings, sour cream and mayonnaise. Easy and SO delicious! | browneyedbaker.com

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Five years ago: Caramelized Onion, Mushroom & Gruyere Tartlets
Six years ago: English Muffins

Homemade French Onion Dip

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

This homemade French onion dip features deeply caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, sour cream and mayonnaise. Easy and SO delicious!

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 pounds yellow onions (about 3 medium), finely chopped
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 tablespoons water, divided
2½ teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 cup sour cream
½ cup mayonnaise

Directions:

1. Melt the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add onions, salt, pepper, and cayenne and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue cooking until the onions are golden, about 10 more minutes.

2. Add 2 tablespoons of the water to the skillet and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until the water is evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons water and cook until onions are caramelized and water is evaporated, about 5 minutes longer. Remove from heat and stir in the vinegar. Transfer the onions to a medium bowl and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes.

3. Add the sour cream and mayonnaise to the onions and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (and up to 24 hours) to allow flavors to blend. Serve with your favorite potato chips.

(Recipe from Cook's Country)

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13 Responses to “Homemade French Onion Dip”

  1. Lincoln on February 2, 2016 at 3:19 am

    Thanks for sharing. There is nothing quite like a good dip…… they can be made beforehand and are great with friends. Just sit around a table with a good glass or two of wine and enjoy some good company. What could be better?

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  2. Katrina on February 2, 2016 at 7:20 am

    I love making onion dip for parties! Your recipe sounds great!

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  3. Laura Dembowski on February 2, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I once gave a speech in school about how to make french onion dip, but it was just the packaged version. This looks so much better!

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  4. Michelle on February 2, 2016 at 11:08 am

    This is a coincidence since I was just looking at Ina Garten’s onion dip recipe last night. It is almost identical. I have the recipe below so you can compare. I made Ina’s recipe a few years ago and it was very good! I’m curious about the addition of balsamic vinegar. It sounds good!
    Here are directions for Ina’s in case any one is interested to compare.
    Michelle, thanks for posting this recipe!
    Ina’s version:
    2 large yellow onions
    4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1/2 cup good mayonnaise

    Cut the onions in half and then slice them into 1/8-inch thick half-rounds. (You will have about 3 cups of onions.) Heat the butter and oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions, cayenne, salt, and pepper and saute for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 more minutes until the onions are browned and caramelized. Allow the onions to cool.

    Place the cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth. Add the onions and mix well. Taste for seasonings. Serve at room temperature.

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    • Michelle on February 2nd, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Hi Michelle, Thanks for sharing! I’ve made that one too (it’s waayyyyy back in the archives!) and I love it as well, but I definitely prefer the diced onions vs sliced – much easier to dip to eat 🙂

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      • Michelle on February 2nd, 2016 at 3:26 pm

        I agree with you. I don’t understand why Ina doesn’t chop them too.
        I am making your recipe Sunday. I look forward to your recipes all week. Thanks for doing this! I’m so glad I found you. 🙂

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  5. Liz @ Ready to Yumble on February 2, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Mmmm…now I’m thinking about dipping French fries in French onion dip…it just makes sense, right?

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    • Michelle on February 2nd, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      OMG that sounds amazing!

      Reply

  6. Emily on February 2, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    When I was in college a local dairy made a fabulous French onion dip that we would dip our popcorn in and eat. This recipe makes me want to recreate that taste! Thanks Michelle!

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  7. Julie on February 3, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Delicious! I made this last night, substituting plain Greek yogurt for the sour cream and everyone raved over how good it was! Thank you!!

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  8. Kari on February 3, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    French onion dip is my favorite but I can’t bring myself to look at the ingredients list. I love this homemade version!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

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  9. Diana @ Soulful Necessities on February 9, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I made this on Sunday for Super Bowl! Amazing. I just subbed the sour cream for plain greek yogurt (I was to lazy to go to the store). The addition of the cayenne sealed the deal! WOW! Can’t wait to make again. BTW, my husband and I ate the whole thing ourselves.

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  10. Barbara on February 11, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    I just made this and it is Wonderful! No more making it with soup mix or using pre-made with all those additives I can’t pronounce for me! Thank you!!

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