REAL Sour Cream & Onion Dip

Making your own sour cream and onion dip is not at all difficult and is indeed a worthy endeavor. The flavor and texture gained by caramelizing sweet onions is unmatched by store-bought mixes. Besides the classic potato chip pairing, this dip is also excellent slathered on a burger, or smeared inside pita bread and filled with grilled chicken or falafel.

REAL Sour Cream & Onion Dip

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Making your own sour cream and onion dip is not at all difficult and is indeed a worthy endeavor. The flavor and texture gained by caramelizing sweet onions is unmatched by store-bought mixes. Besides the classic potato chip pairing, this dip is also excellent slathered on a burger, or smeared inside pita bread and filled with grilled chicken or falafel.
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Course Appetizer
Servings 8

Ingredients
 

  • 2 large sweet onions
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 ounces (1 ½ cups) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • juice from 1 small lemon
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • potato chips, pita chips, or cut vegetables for serving

Instructions
 

  • Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions, thyme and salt and cook until softened, about 5 minutes, and just starting to brown. Turn the heat to low, cover with a lid, and cook for another 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently and checking to make sure they haven’t dried out. At the end of cooking they should be meltingly soft and a brownish color. You may need to adjust to heat to achieve the color (higher heat), or if they are getting too dark turn it down. If they dry out too much during cooking, you can add some water, just make sure any added liquid get all cooked off.
  • Remove the onions to a bowl and let cool. Add the sour cream, garlic powder, parsley, lemon juice, and plenty of freshly cracked black pepper, and stir to combine. Taste and add salt – you may need up to another ½ teaspoon. Serve with chips or vegetables.

Notes

  • Besides being a great party dip, this is also an excellent accompaniment to grilled meat, fish or chicken, or burgers.
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