Onion Dip from Scratch

Onion Dip from Scratch

According to American culinary legend, an unknown Los Angeles chef devised onion dip back in the 50s by mixing Lipton soup mix with sour cream. Maybe … maybe not. What we know is that the folks at Lipton’s picked up the ball and ran with it to the point that more of their dehydrated soup mix was going into the dip bowl than the soup bowl. I have nothing against using manufactured mixes, but look, after the zombie apocalypse strikes, and the megamart shelves are stripped bare … what do we do then? Those of us with this recipe in our go-bags will survive to dip another day. Food for thought people, food for thought.

Onion Dip from Scratch

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound onions (diced)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (divided)
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper (freshly ground)
  1. Place the oil, onions and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a 10-inch saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Place the remaining ingredients and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium mixing bowl, add the cooled onions and stir to combine.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and stir again before serving.

This dip is even better when made a day ahead. Just make sure that you cover it well with plastic wrap because fats (like sour cream) take in flavors and aromas hanging around the refrigerator like crazy old grandmas collect leftover gift wrapping.


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    Terry C

    My recipe is similar, but I do a true caramelization on the onions. Takes 2 hours, but it’s worth it for the depth of flavor. I’ve had people try to steal the bowl of dip before. haha

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