Caramelized French Onion Dip with Bacon cook's illustrated

Caramelized French Onion Dip with Bacon

the BEST dip I've ever made! Make that the best dip I've ever HAD!

French Onion Dip – from my earliest memories, it’s always been around, whether made from the packet (like my home-made version made with my home-made onion soup mix) or bought at the store.

Caramelized French Onion Dip with Bacon Cook's Illustrated
Caramelized French Onion Dip with Bacon

I love love love French Onion Dip. You might call it a guilty pleasure! The promise of this French Onion Dip with Bacon from Cook’s Illustrated (and a few extra caramelized onions from the tart I made last week) prompted further investigation! I mean bacon? C’mon!

This dip lives up to the hype! But talk about timing! The Super Bowl is coming up and we’re smack, dab in the middle of winter here in Minnesota – when you’ll see many of us getting together to watch a favorite show, do book club, play games or just hang out.

What could be better at a party than chips and dip? Especially if it is a dip that will put all others to shame. Feel free to double or triple this recipe. This dip is best if refrigerated for a while before using, so talk about a perfect for make ahead recipe.

Caramelized French Onion Dip with Bacon cooks illustrated
Caramelized French Onion Dip with Bacon

I’d be hard-pressed to babysit a pot of onions for a half cup, but I’ve I’ve given directions in the recipe. In the meantime, I’ve learned to cook smarter. I’ll make a big pot and divide the rest up in little bags in the freezer. Here’s three ways to make a larger batch of Caramelized Onions – once you have onions on hand, throwing together a dip like this is a breeze!

Excessive stirring makes this dip sticky, but it can be thinned with a little water or more dairy. Use a good, thick sour cream. If you can’t get good sour cream, line a strainer with a paper towel, place over a bowl, add the sour cream and leave in the refrigerator until desired thickness.

Caramelized French Onion Dip with Bacon cook's illustrated
Caramelized French Onion Dip with Bacon

Caramelized Onion Dip with Bacon

  • Servings: 1 1/2 cups
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • 2 slices of bacon (about 2 ounces), cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup caramelized onions
  • Freshly ground black pepper and salt, as desired
  • Green onion for garnish, sliced thinly

Fry bacon in small skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 5 minutes, stirring often; remove with slotted spoon to paper towel–lined plate and set aside.

When frying bacon, try adding a tablespoon of water to a cold pan, add the bacon, then bring up to heat. This minimizes the possibility of the bacon cooking unevenly and burning.

Combine 1/2 cup caramelized onions, cider vinegar, sour cream and bacon in medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve. If time allows, this dip is better after it sits and even better after a day. May be refrigerated in airtight container for up to 3 days.

If desired, garnish with green onion and a few bacon bits.

To Caramelize Onions:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound onions, diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

Place the oil, onions and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a 10-inch saute pan over medium heat.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.

Kitchen & Cooking Hack:

Slice though bacon while frozen, then return to freezer.
Slice though bacon while frozen, then return to freezer.

18 thoughts on “Caramelized French Onion Dip with Bacon”

    1. Don’t laugh, but I remember when I was young and I made the dip with the Lipton’s packet I thought the recipe was too complicated because it was supposed to SIT for awhile before you ate it!

      As far as punch of flavor, I think the Lipton’s has a ton of it, but maybe it’s more of the beefy base type of flavor.

      The Cook’s is just creamy and decadent and more mellow, if that makes sense.

  1. Ruffles’ sour cream and bacon chips are my quarterly indulgence but I think the dip would make it all too decadent. 🙂

    I’ve been putting off making a batch of caramelized onions … I have 5 huge Spanish onions and since my Thursday workshop was cancelled, I have time to make it this week.

    1. I still have a smidge of mine left! Who knows what the future holds…I may try to eek out one more recipe from the batch!

      You’re right, you’d have to have plain chips I think for this dip! Did you get your big snow or was the weather ok?

      1. The snow missed us on Sunday but we’ve got 1-3 inches predicted for Thursday. The workshop I was going to go to on that day was cancelled so I can stay in and cook and watch my dvds and read and just relax.

        Both the dips sound delicious, by the way. You could eat them with veggie sticks too, I think.

    1. I know, right! I try to avoid it – and chips, too, but bacon is just so GOOD! My son was here to help me out with the eating of this – he left to hang out with friends, and I’m afraid when he came back and asked, “Where’s the dip?” there was NONE left!

      I guess I turned the tables on him! 🙂

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