Oh boy, do I have a DOOZY of a recipe for you today – Best Ever French Onion Dip!
As you may know, it’s March Madness, and college basketball games are currently being played nearly all day, every day (emphasis on the all day, every day part) on television sets across the country. Including mine. And probably yours. And if there’s one thing my sweet husband likes more than anything else, it’s watching said college basketball games all day, every day on our TV, God bless him.
I try to be supportive, cheering along when his favorite teams win and move on, and patting his back when they don’t, but for some reason I have never been able to get into watching basketball on TV. I guess I need the excitement of a live game, cheering along with the crowd, to really get into it, plus the sounds of shoe squeaks on TV really annoy me for some reason. (I am such a shrew!)
Anyway, if there’s one thing that can get me to settle in and watch teen athletes run back and forth on the same 94 foot stretch of court for 2 hours, it’s a good game-day dip to preoccupy myself with, which is why I created Best Ever French Onion Dip. This thick and creamy, savory-sweet caramelized onion dip is perfect for digging into while watching the game at home, tailgating, and everywhere in between.
Midwesterners: this dip tastes just like AE’s French Onion Dip, which, non-Midwesterners: is so good that I’d eat it with a spoon.
This dip takes a little bit of time to make because of the caramelized onions, but it’s not hard, and can be made up to a few days ahead of time, as it just gets better and better in the fridge. It also tastes just as good with cut veggies, as it does with chips (or non-baked-nor-fried popchips, which is what I served it with!) Whether you have a game to sit through, or a party to attend, you will definitely want to have this dip by your side!
Start the Best Ever French Onion Dip with 2 large sweet onions. I found these Sweet 1015 Onions at Whole Foods, and they were amazing! Super mild and sweet.
Peel then chop the onions – you’ll want 4-5 cups total (don’t worry if it’s a little more or less!)
Next heat 1 Tablespoon each extra virgin olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat then add the onions and season with salt and pepper.
Stir to coat the onions, then add 1/2 cup beef broth and 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce. BTW, this recipe is adapted from my French Onion Soup Potstickers, which also make great game-day eats!
Next add 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon each dried thyme and garlic powder.
Turn the heat up and bring the broth to a boil, then knock the heat back down to medium and let the onions cook…
and cook over medium heat until the they’re dark brown and caramelized – about 30-40 minutes – stirring occasionally. WELL WORTH THE TIME!
Let the onions cool completely, then mix up the base of the dip. You’ll need 12oz plain Greek yogurt (2 small containers) and 8oz 1/3-less fat cream cheese. I love making dips with lighter Greek yogurt over sour cream or mayo, as long as there’s a slightly decadent ingredient like cream cheese to really tie everything together.
Mix in a large bowl until smooth then fold in the cooled onion mixture. Note: caramelized onions are soft and not crunchy at all, but if you don’t like chunkier dips then feel free to pulse this in a food processor a few times to get it a bit smoother.
Cut up some crudites and pour some popchips in a bowl, then serve!
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Best Ever French Onion Dip
Best Ever French Onion Dip is creamy and decadent, yet easy to make. Serve with chips or crudite for a savory, satisfying homemade dip option at your next get together.
- 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 2 large sweet onions, chopped
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup gluten-free beef broth
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (Lea & Perrins is gluten-free)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 12oz plain Greek yogurt
- 8oz 1/3-less fat cream cheese, at room temperature
- Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, salt & pepper, Worcestershire sauce, dried thyme, garlic powder, sugar, and beef broth then stir well. Turn heat to high and bring broth to a boil, then turn heat back down to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are very soft and dark brown, about 35-40 minutes. If onions begin to burn, turn heat down to medium-low. Remove onions to a plate or bowl then cool completely.
- In a large bowl, stir together Greek yogurt and cream cheese until smooth then fold in cooled onion mixture. Spoon into a serving dish then serve with chips and veggies.
This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.
Like I said, this dip is just as good with veggies as it is chips, but I especially loved the crunch of these plain popchips I served alongside them. I was tempted to buy the sour cream & onion flavor to double up on da onion, but the lightly salted flavor was PERFECT!
Whatever you choose to dunk with, and whoever you’re cheering for, I hope you enjoy!
Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit 03.27.2013
I can’t wait to try this dip & hopefully win some popchips! ;)
Lydia Jones 03.27.2013
Popchips are the BEST!! omg. Even my super picky husband loves them!
French onion dip is my favorite of all dips. I made it all the time, of course the easy way with greek yogurt and onion soup mix. I’ll have to try this. I don’t know about you, but I am so turned off veggies when I’m pregnant. Havin french onion dip is the only way I can get myself to eat them, unless it’s roasted asparagus.:-)
I’m an Italian Girl Sooo A HuGe FaN of AnyThing w/ Garlic and OnioN in It!!. YuMmY..
Lisa L 03.27.2013
Never have thought to make homemade french onion dip! Thanks for sharing!!
I love that you created a recipe without the msg packet. LOVE this stuff and have avoided it for a decade now. Thanks! Can’t wait to surprise my husband with it!
Marla Stanley 03.27.2013
recipe looks AWESOME-thanks for the homemade option, as I have never been much of a fan of the “packet” kinds. :-/ Oh, and GREAT JOB on the EASY giveaway! Love the one click entry!
That dip looks delicious!!! I’ve never had popchips, but have heard a lot of good things about them. Super excited you are giving away a SIGNED copy of Jillian’s book, Slim for Life. I’m a huge fan of hers and would be thrilled to win the signed copy!
Pop chips are my fav! Can’t wait to try this dip! :)
Omg, toooo funny: my husband is the same way and I always call it “squeaky sneaker time” because I can’t take the sound either! On a different note, this dip looks fab and may make the games more tolerable for me ;) Thanks!
Sara B. 03.27.2013
AE’s French Onion dip is my favorite! Love this lightened version!!
YUM! This looks fabulous. I love popchips!
I can’t agree more! We are fans of guacamole on game day but this may have to be added for tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!
Oh how I miss AE dips. Actually, I miss all of AE products. There is nothing like Midwestern dairy, beef, pork, chicken and the list goes on and on. Thanks for this recipe!!
annette turello 03.27.2013
would love to try these chips…
Jan @ Sprouts n Squats 03.27.2013
Yum that recipe looks great!
I’m currently reading Jillian’s book it is so good.
Shame in Australia we don’t have those pop chips :(
Joanna Gehrke 03.26.2013
This is awesome! I always make Guy Fieri’s french onion dip, which I adore- however, it is not so easy on the waistline if ya know what I mean! Thank you for the delish, healthier alternative… you are the best!
Your dip looks sooo good!
I just recently discovered popchips, and now, I can’t get enough. Now I’ll have to try and dip them in this delicious sounding French onion dip!