No pictures this time guys – sorry.
This is probably old news to most of you, but the USDA recently came out with their updated dietary guidelines, (outlined and analyzed in Mark Bittman’s recent column). The updated guidelines advise Americans to consume less salt and less food in general, particularly processed food.
Shortly after this event, I eschewed everything they outlined and made this appetizer for a Super Bowl Party I attended. Full of mayo, cream cheese, and sour cream and consumed with salty potato chips – it was fantastic. While I’m all for Americans eating more healthfully, this is an example of where preparing your own “junk” food is still going to be better for you than buying junk food full of additives and stuff you’ve never heard of.
This pan-fried onion dip is simple and flavorful. Really delicious, frankly, if you are into creamy dips and chips.I did cut down on the amount of butter and oil used, and I also used low-fat sour cream, light cream cheese, and mayo made with olive oil.
Adapted from Pan-Fried Onion Dip, from Ina Garten
2 large yellow onions
2 T. unsalted butter
2 T. vegetable oil
1/4 t. ground cayenne pepper – don’t be afraid of the dip being too spicy. This step is really important for ensuring a balanced, not-too-sweet flavor
1 t. salt
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature (half of a standard package)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup good mayonnaise
Cut the onions in half and then slice them into 1/8-inch thick half-rounds. (You will have about 3 cups of onions.) Heat the butter and oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions, cayenne, salt, and pepper and saute for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 more minutes until the onions are browned and caramelized. Allow the onions to cool.
I sliced the onions as the recipe suggested, but it made for a messy dip. If I make this again, I’m going to chop the onions rather than slice.
Place the cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth. You could also place the ingredients in a bowl and just mix using a hand mixer. Add the onions and mix well. Taste for seasonings. Serve at room temperature.
This is best made a couple of hours before serving so the flavors can meld.