Caramelized onion and chive dip is made with deliciously caramelized yellow onions cooked in olive oil, a creamy base and chives. This easy recipe is always a huge hit and perfect when served with potato chips, pita chips or bagel chips.
This caramelized onion dip recipe is the perfect game day snack packed with onion flavor and is the most delicious dip to serve to a crowd. The fresh herbs in this easy appetizer also shine. This is the best party dip and the fresh caramelized onions truly make this dip unforgettable.
This recipe is packed with all the fresh and creamy ingredients needed to make this easy caramelized onion dip.
- yellow or white onions
- unsalted butter
- sour cream
- garlic powder
- worcestershire sauce
- kosher salt and black pepper
See recipe card for quantities.
To start, you want to dice up the onions and add them to a large skillet with the butter. Turn the heat up to medium heat.
Caramelizing onions takes about an hour so you will need a little patience. About 30 minutes in, sprinkle the sugar over the onions and mix it in. This will help with the caramelization process.
Make sure you are stirring constantly because you don't want the onions on the bottom to burn. Cook the onions on medium-low heat until they turn a golden brown color.
Once the onions are done, mix together the sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder, worcestershire sauce, chopped chives and salt and pepper.
Add in the onions and mix. Serve with potato chips and garnish with extra chives or green onions.
Hint: do not rush the caramelization process. It will take some time in order to get the most perfect texture and rich brown color. Also make sure you are using a large nonstick skillet to avoid any chance of the onions sticking to the pan.
There are a few ingredients that can be subbed out easily!
- Onions - I suggest using either white onions, yellow onions or sweet onions but either can be used.
- Chives- if you don't have chives or can't find any, you can use green onions.
- Chips- you can dip so many things into this onion mixture. My favorite is potato chips but you can also dip pretzels, bagel chips, pita chips, vegetables, etc.
You can also change this dip up to make it super fun.
- French Onion - add a little beef broth in while the onions are cooking for a little french onion soup flare.
You are going to need a large skillet to caramelize the onions in. I also suggest using a mandolin in order to create the perfect sliced onions.
You will also need a serving bowl. I suggest a cute one to liven up this perfect party appetizer.
The best potato chips are definitely the crinkle cut potato chips. The chips don't break easily and they also hold the dip very well.
To get the true desired end result of soft, sweet caramelized onions, you need to let your onions cook for a long time. It takes about 45-60 minutes from start to finish to get a true caramelized onion result.
You get a good amount of dip from this recipe so I suggest using a medium bowl or a large bowl to serve your dip! You can even get fun with some themed bowls for different holidays.
You can store this dip in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Be careful with saving the dip if you let it sit at room temperature for too long, there are a lot of ingredients in this dish that can spoil when left out.
Make sure you chill the dip before serving. The dip will still be warm after making it from cooking the onions. You can also chill the onions before mixing the dip if you choose to.
Here are some other delicious appetizers you can try!
Caramelized Onion and Chive Dip
- Frying Pan
- Mixing Bowl
- To start, you want to dice up the onions and add them to a frying pan with the butter. Turn the heat up to medium low and start to cook the onions.
- Caramelizing onions takes about an hour. About 30 minutes in, sprinkle the sugar over the onions and mix it in. This will help with the caramelization process
- Make sure you are stirring constantly because you don't want the onions on the bottom to burn.
- Once the onions are done, mix together the sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder, worcestershire sauce, chopped chives and salt and pepper.
- Add in the onions and mix.
- Serve with potato chips and garnish with extra chives.
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- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
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