Thursday, September 22, 2011

Amazing Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip

Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip - ButterYum
Wow, this is an amazing homemade onion dip. Mmm, mmm, mmm.  This recipe by Lucinda Scala Quinn is a winner!  Bacon, bacon fat, 3 pounds of onions that are slowly caramelized... no wonder it's so good!  Aside from the time it takes to caramelize the onions, which you could easily do ahead of time, the recipe is a snap to put together.  It makes a ton - great if you're feeding a crowd over to watch the big game, but I'd suggest cutting the recipe in half for a smaller crowd.  Leftover dip makes an excellent sandwich spread.  Make this dip!!


Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip
Printable Recipe
adapted from Mad Hungry by Lucinda Scala Quinn

6 strips of bacon, chopped into bits
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 pounds yellow onions, diced
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar (I used seasoned rice wine vinegar)
1 1/2 cups real mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mild flavored vegetable oil (canola works well)
3 shallots, sliced thinly into rings

In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook bacon until brown and crispy; remove from pan and reserve; saving the rendered fat.  Add the olive oil to the rendered bacon fat, add onions and salt.  Reduce heat to low and slowly caramelize onions, stirring frequently, until deep golden brown (this can take up to an hour). Remove onions from pan and allow to cool.  In the same skillet over medium heat, cook the sliced shallots in 1/4 cup mild flavored oil until they're caramelized; stirring frequently (add a little more oil if needed); reserve for garnish.

In a large bowl, whisk together the mayo, sour cream, and vinegar (definitely don't skip the vinegar - it elevates the flavor of this dip from so-so to phenomenal).  Stir in the cooled onions and bacon.  Garnish and serve.  Refrigerate leftovers (great spread for sandwiches).  Enjoy!






    50 comments:

    1. What's not to love! Sounds like a great dip, thanks:@)

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    2. Wow! What a great way to kick onion dip up a notch.

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    3. Oh wow! It looks wonderful! :)

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    4. WOW! Look like you say!! amazing!!!!! gloria

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    5. Loving the crispy onion bits on top! Great presentation. I know it would change the color a bit, but I think a splash of aged balsamic in there would be good too!

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    6. I love Lucinda Scala Quinn, she had a great show on Lifetime, "Mad Hungry", she is a cooking genius with Martha Stewart, hope her show returns. Onion dip not from a soup mix, wowee! xo,

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    7. WoW I'm SO making this dip! We are having family birthday party this weekend how perfect! Thank you so much for sharing this... Oh and I wanted to put my face in my screen when I saw that photo!
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    8. Just the title is amazing.

      And really..just say bacon..and it works for me:)

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    9. YUM! It is printing as I write! THis is a definate "to make" recipe! Thank you for sharing!

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    10. Um, now this looks dangerously delicious! How could it not be?!! So many yummy ingredients. :)

      Thank you for sharing Patricia . . . and as always, your photo is STUNNING! Nice job!!

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    11. Anything with caramelized onion tastes so much better
      Great idea:)

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    12. Count me in. This is perfect football food. Thanks for sharing!

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    13. This looks amazing. I'm a sucker for anything with caramelized onions.

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    14. Oh my gosh this looks soooo good! I love homemade onion dip, but this takes it to a whole new level! I've got to try this! Pinning....

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    15. Wow, this looks amazing! Definitely bookmarking this for future reference. I love onions...and bacon, for that matter!

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    16. Oh.my.gosh. My hubby would go crazy for this dip. Thanks for sharing!

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    17. This elevates onion dip to another sphere! Time to "pin"!

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    18. Oh my goodness. What a mouth watering recipe! I wish I had read this post prior to my gathering with high school friends yesterday so I could have prepared this. Good news is, there are many more holidays and gatherings coming up soon so I can give this a try! I'm afraid I'll finish the whole bowl up all by myself if I'm not making it for a gathering! LOL...although I consider bacon fat as good fat. :P

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    19. This sounds so good! Bacon and caramelized onions...so tempting. :)

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    20. I have a favorite caramelized onion spread and I love but I have to try this one with the bacon - yum-ME!

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    21. It looks and sounds yummy!..Christine

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    22. Oh, my. I could just dive in...but I'll restrain myself and be right over with a bag of chips ;)

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    23. This looks awesome, 3 pounds of onions, you weren't kidding!! I have to try it.

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    24. That looks awesome with the onions on it!

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    25. In a small skillet, heat onions, and bacon.

      this is the last line...right after:
      Stir in onions and bacon.

      i don't understand...how can i heat the onions and bacon after i stir them into the mixture?...

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    26. Oops - typo. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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    27. Yummy! We love dips around here, and I cannot wait to try this one.

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    28. Yummy! We love dips around here, and I cannot wait to try this one.

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    29. How fabulous! I've got this copied already. Perfect for weekend football watching! Super job on the presentation too.

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    31. That looks like an amazing dip. You can't beat carmelized onions for flavor. Lovely photo. Joni

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    32. This looks SO good! It's actually making my mouth water! What a perfect dip for autumn entertaining - thank you so much for sharing it!

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    34. We LOOOOVE caramelized onions at our house so this dip looks amazing!

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    35. I'm following you, but this is going to make my diet really hard!! I just couldn't stop myself!!
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    36. I cam over from tastingspot because I couldn't get the image of those beautiful caramelised shallots out of my head. the dip looks amazing!

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    37. This is a heart attack waiting to happen but hey I guess if you've gotta go at least you'll go happy eating this luscious dip!

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    38. A dip with bacon is sure to please the crowd.

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    39. Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip is something really good to taste, specially when I invite some friends at home to eat snacks and drink some beers.

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    40. I think this dish will be perfect with a coupe of wine. Don't you think??

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    41. I think this dish will be perfect with a coupe of wine. Don't you think??

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    42. Oh yum! What is the green garnish? Dill or chives?

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      1. Parsley, actually. But chives would be wonderful!

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    43. so where do you use the 1/4 cup of flavored vegetable oil listed near the end of the list of ingredients? I didn't see it called for anywhere, and no one has asked yet, so I am puzzled.....thanks.

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      1. Great question - the 1/4 cup of MILD flavored oil (such as vegetable or canola) is used to fry the sliced shallots in. I've revised the recipe so that's a little more clear - thanks for asking!

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    44. Oh my goodness, this looks awesome! Anything bacon I like.

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      1. It's better than any onion dip you've every tried!

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