Homemade French Onion Dip (One Pot)
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The best, quick and easy, creamy French onion dip recipe from scratch, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot over stovetop in 20 minutes. Packed with cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, caramelized onions.
Homemade dips like today’s recipe and this Creamy Dill Dip (One Bowl) and Spinach Artichoke Dip (One Bowl) always taste so much better than store-bought versions. They are fresh and fragrant and you know the names of all the ingredients that go into preparing them. They are so delicious that your family and guests will be begging for the recipe.
French Onion Dip Recipes Origins
The story goes that Lipton printed a “California Dip” recipe on their packets of onion soup mixes in the 1950’s as a marketing fad to sell more packets. Then, its popularity exploded and people love making it today just as much as they did, back then.
How to make french onion dip from scratch (caramelized onion dip)?
- Heat butter- Until melted.
- Saute onions- Until golden brown and let them to cool completely.
- Mix in remaining ingredients- This includes mayo, sour cream, cream cheese, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder. Make sure it’s smooth.
- Chill–Cover and chill in fridge for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to deepen.
- Enjoy! Garnish with parsley or chives and dig in!
What to serve with french onion dip recipe (Sour cream and onion dip)?
Enjoy it as an appetizer with crispy snacks like crackers, potato chips, pita chips, pretzels.
A big plate of fresh vegetables is a classic choice. Try carrots, celery, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, snap peas. Make sure veggies are fresh, and sturdy, which makes dipping easier.
Bread is incredible. Try toasted crostini, soft pretzels, puff pastry, breadsticks, garlic bread, dinner rolls.
Meat could be another side option. Try nuggets, mini meatballs, smokies or hot dogs, sausage bites, meat puffs. They are incredible for dipping these Garlic Butter Steak Bites (One Pot) as well as these Bacon Wrapped Smokies (One Pan).
This also tastes great as a topping on baked or grilled chicken, steak, salmon for added flavor. You can even use it as a marinade.
Thin it down with milk and use it as a salad dressing on your favorite green salad or potato salad. You can even mix it into these Creamy Mashed Potatoes (One Pot).
Try different onions- Such as yellow, white or red onions. Each of them have a slightly different flavor. Vidalia onion dip is awesome!
Hot onion dip– Heat it in the microwave and and serve it warm.
Bake it- Top the prepared dip with lots of shredded cheese. Broil it in the oven until melted and bubbly. Serve immediately.
Add bacon– For a salty and delicious flavor addition, add bacon!
Make it spicy– Add red chili flakes or diced jalapenos or even hot sauce.
Use other herbs- Such as rosemary, thyme, basil, green onions or cilantro. Fresh is best.
Tips and Techniques
What type of onions to use in dip? I used yellow onions but you can use red onions, white onions and even shallots.
Do you have to caramelize onions? Yes, this is where the sweetness in the dip comes from. Saute them until they turn golden brown for the best flavor.
What to do with leftovers? You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Use full fat ingredients- This will make your dip the creamiest and most flavorful.
Can I use Greek yogurt? Yes, you can sub in plain full fat Greek yogurt for the sour cream if you would like a slightly healthier dip option.
Can this dip be frozen? No, it’s is best served fresh. When it is frozen and then thawed, the fats will separate and the dip will become watery.
How to make dip thinner? Mix in a little milk or heavy cream.
How to thicken dip? Mix in more cream cheese.
Make ahead instructions- Make it a day in advance and keep it chilled in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
Serve a crowd– Double all the ingredients to make a bigger batch for a party.
More One Pot Appetizers and Dips
- Homemade Veggie Dip (One Bowl)
- Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe (One Pot)
- Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip (One Bowl)
One Pot French Onion Dip (Caramelized Onion Dip)
- 4 tbsp Butter, Unsalted
- 2.5 cups Onion, Finely chopped or Thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup Mayonnaise, Full fat
- 1/2 cup Sour cream, Full fat
- 1/2 cup Cream cheese, Full fat, Softened
- Salt , To taste
- Pepper, To taste
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp Onion powder
- 1-2 tsp Parsley, Fresh, Finely chopped, For garnish
- Heat butter in a large nonstick pot or pan over medium heat.
- Add onions and saute until golden brown.
- Allow them to cool down completely.
- Add mayo, sour cream, cream cheese, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and mix until smooth.
- Garnish with fresh parsley or chives.
- Cover and chill in fridge for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to deepen. Enjoy!
- Read all my tips above.
- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Happy cooking everyone!