I think most foodies squeal in silence when they hear caramelized onion is in a recipe. I sure do. Call me crazy, but I love caramelized onion that much. They’re like the candy of recipes. And bacon, well, that’s the candy of meats for sure. Put those two together and you’ve got one hot tasty dip! I add a little fresh thyme to this dip and it adds a great subtle herby depth to this creamy goodness. This is a treat dip for sure, not much healthy about it, but you live once and you definitely deserve this sort of food extravagance once in a while or to treat your guests.
Caramelized Onion Appeal
Oh, that sweet goodness that comes from caramelizing onions; it’s amazing how the bite of a raw onion can be tamed and even sweetened with just the slow caramelizing process of onions. It does take a little patience as you probably know, but it’s so worth it if you’re wanting that amazing flavor added to your recipe.
In this recipe I do actually do a quicker onion caramelizing in my dutch oven which is great for holding in heat and beautifully caramelizing the onions in less time if you watch your cooking. If you want to do a full on slow cook on your onions, my husband’s post here is great for helping you through the slower process in a regular skillet. For this recipe, I just think a quicker cook is more realistic for you dip lovers making this.
This is a hot dip and trust me you really want to serve it at a warm to hot temperature to get the full creamy, warm pleasure of the melded bacon and sweet onion flavors. If you have one of those Little Dipper Crock Pots, transfer it to one of those to keep it warm after you bake it in the oven. You’ll have some happy dippers for sure.
Dip it or Spread it
This dip is great with heartier and stronger chips like tortilla chips. It would also be great for as a spread for crackers or little appetizer toasts. Dipping veggetables would also be quite good. Basically, if you can dip it, it’s great with this more gourmet type of dip.
Give this hot and creamy dip a try and please let me know what you think below. Dip in!