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Homemade French Onion Dip 8Jul09

Homemade French Onion Dip

I used to always buy those packets of seasoning that you just mix into a tub of sour cream. In fact, I love that stuff! French Onion was my favorite flavor. And since I can’t seem to find the same thing here, I thought I’d make my own!

It takes a little more effort than just cutting open a packet and mixing but it’s well worth the extra 15 minutes of work. Please note, time estimated does not include chopping of vegetables… cause that takes time! This dip is great with cut vegetables but my favorite is with Ruffles chips (or equivalent), YUM! Ooo this would go really well stuffed in baby peppers too.

2 medium yellow onions, finely diced
2 cloves of garlic, finely diced
2 shallots, finely diced
2 cup of sour cream (light works well too)
1/2 cup of chèvre cheese (goat cheese)
1/2 cup of chopped chives
1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
pinch of sea salt
pinch of ground white pepper
pinch of fresh ground pepper
extra virgin olive oil

Step 1: Cooking!
In a medium sized saucepan drizzle in about 1-2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Once the oil is heated, add in the chopped onions, shallots and garlic and let that brown. You want to get it to a nice toasty brown but not quite burnt. Make sure you stir often to get all of it sweating and not burn anything! Once brown, turn off the heat and set aside to cool.

Step 2: Combine!
In a mixing bowl, dump in the sour cream, chèvre cheese, cooled onion/shallot/garlic and mix. You can add this to a food processor if you want it smooth but I like it chunky. Use a fork to mash up the goats cheese so that it combines with the sour cream nicely. Feel free to use more goats cheese if you like the taste. Once mixed, now add in the seasonings: Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and taste. Now add in the chopped chives and combine. Ready for chips and veggies!

Great for parties or as a snack! Serve with chips, chopped veggies, crustinis, you name it!

Homemade French Onion Dip



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