A girlfriend and I recently spent a good chunk of time chatting about appetizers for parties, and we unanimously decided that chips and dip is one of the most popular foods you can offer when you're entertaining. Despite our propensity to "cook to impress" when we're hosting friends or colleagues, chips and dip are familiar and comforting, and almost everyone loves them.
So, how can you elevate the humble offering to something a little more special? We decided it's easy to do by making your own dip. The possibilities and flavour combinations are endless, but most folks love a good onion dip. It's definitely a classic, and works with veggies and crisps just as well as potato chips.
If you feel like the idea of serving chips at a party is too ordinary, consider giving your guests individual platters as demonstrated in the top photo. A 6" long rectangular plate hold just enough chips and a small vessel of dip, and the most ordinary appetizer is suddenly one of interest.
Caramelized Onion Dip
Make 2-3 cups
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cups onions, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 4 oz. cream cheese
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
Melt the butter and olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat and add the onions, stirring occasionally and cooking for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until the onions are soft and golden brown. Remove from the stovetop and allow the onions to cool completely.
Combine the sour cream, cream cheese and mayonnaise in the bowl of a food processor and blend to combine. Pour the mixture into a medium bowl, add the onions and stir. Refrigerate until ready to serve.