It’s football season… and hockey season… and World Series time. The holidays are right around the corner, then New Year’s Eve, and before we know it… the Super Bowl. This all means that it’s a very good time to stock up on fabulous, easy appetizers. Not that there is ever a bad time. Appetizers and desserts are my favorite food groups, after all. When it comes to appetizers, dips trump all in my world. If a dip is especially cheesy, it gets bonus points. Yesterday, my father-in-law came over to watch some football with my Chief Culinary Consultant; I was bouncing around the kitchen and wanted to give them something to snack on since it would be a few hours before dinner would be ready. I didn’t want to run to the store, and I wanted something warm, easy and not time-consuming. That’s not too much to ask, right?!
I remembered coming across this recipe recently and it seemed to fit the bill perfectly. Five ingredients, all that I had in the house, and literally five minutes to throw together and get into the oven. Dip success!
A sweet onion is diced up and mixed together with cream cheese, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese and black pepper. That’s it! The mixture is baked together until the top is nice and golden brown, and then try to hold people back. This totally unassuming dip is hopelessly addicting. You can’t quite it. I dare you. Since I didn’t want to go to the store, I served it with some tortilla chips and pretzel crisps that I already had in the pantry. This would also be great with baguette slices or crackers.
I love stashing away quick and easy appetizer recipes that can be thrown together when you have last-minute guests or need to balance a complex holiday menu with a really simple appetizer. If you’re serving a crowd, you may want to scale the recipe up, as four adults completely demolished this dip in short order!
What’s your favorite easy game-day dip?
Sweet Onion and Parmesan Dip
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 to 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
An incredibly simple dip recipe that highlights sweet onions and fresh Parmesan cheese.
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup small diced sweet onion
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
Baguette, crackers or chips, for serving
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, onion, Parmesan cheese and black pepper until completely combined.
3. Transfer to a small baking dish and bake until the top is deep golden brown, 45 to 55 minutes. Serve hot with baguette slices, crackers, pretzels or tortilla chips.
(Recipe from White on Rice Couple)