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TIP OF THE DAY: Caramelized Onion Dip

We grew up making Lipton’s California Dip: a package of Lipton Onion Soup Mix combined with a pint of sour cream. It was simple and soul-satisfying, a party standard with potato chips and pretzels (and later, crudités, pita chips and other chips).

The recipe appeared in 1954, two years after the Lipton soup mix hit the market. The recipe “spread through Los Angeles faster than a canyon fire.” (Source: American Century Cook Book, Jean Anderson [Clarkson Potter:New York] 1997,p. 24.)

Newspapers printed the recipe and onion soup mix sales soared. Beginning in 1958, Lipton printed the recipe on every box of the soup mix.

As with the creator of German Chocolate Cake, a recipe that spread like wildfire throughout Texas, the identity of the original recipe developer has never been established. So if your grandmother or great-grandmother lived in L.A. in 1954 and claimed to have invented Lipton California Dip, it could be so.

Over the years, from-scratch onion dip recipes have taken turns with chives, leeks and scallions. Caramelized onions also have their fans.

   
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Chips and caramelized onion dip. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.

 
In fact, this summer, you can pick up Heluva Good! Limited Edition Roasted Garlic & Caramelized Onion Dip. Caramelized onions have more sophisticated flavor than the dried onion chips in the Lipton mix, from the sweetness of the caramelized onions and the roasted garlic layered in.

Heluva Good is a specialty producer of sour cream and sour cream-based dips. Find out more, and see the other dip flavors, at HeluvaGood.com.

You also can make your own caramelized onion dip. The recipe below takes just 10 minutes, plus chilling time.

 

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Caramelized onions are delicious with any
savory foods. Photo courtesy Pompeian | FB.

  RECIPE: CARAMELIZED ONION DIP

Ingredients For 2 Cups

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced onion
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Chips, crudités, pretzels or other dippers
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    Preparation

    1. HEAT oil in medium saucepan or frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the onions and sage. Cover and cook until onions are deep golden brown, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool.

    2. WHISK together mayonnaise and sour cream in a medium bowl to blend. Stir in the cooled caramelized onions, salt, and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until flavors blend, about 2 hours.

     

    MORE WAYS TO USE CARAMELIZED ONIONS

    We consume them as quickly as we make them!

    Often, we eat them right from the pan or as they’re cooling. But check out these uses for caramelized onions.

      




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