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Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip

If you love yet hate that packaged onion soup mix dip, this is the version for you. It is a richer, deeper-flavored, cleaner-ingredient excuse for a potato-chip-dipping marathon. The dip can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.Excerpted from Mad Hungry Cravings by Lucinda Scala Quinn, to be published by Artisan Books on March 19, 2013. Photographs by Jonathan Lovekin.

  • Yield: Makes 2 cups
Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip

Photography: Jonathan Lovekin

Source: Mad Hungry, June 2011


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 pounds yellow onions, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 pound bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream

Optional Garnish

  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced into rings


  1. Heat a large skillet. Add the olive oil. When it shimmers, add the onions and salt and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are deep golden in color, 45 minutes to I hour; add a little water if needed to prevent sticking. Add the vinegar during the last minute of cooking. Let cool.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a small skillet until it has rendered its fat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate; reserve the fat in the pan if you will be frying the shallots.

  3. Let the bacon cool.

  4. Stir together the mayonnaise, sour cream, onions, and bacon in a large bowl.

  5. For the optional garnish, add the vegetable oil to the skillet with the bacon fat and heat over medium-high heat until the oil shimmers. Add the shallots, lower the heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Drain the shallots on a paper-towel-lined plate.

  6. Garnish the dip with the fried shallots, if using, and serve.

Reviews (2)

  • loki5 10 Jun, 2013

    Love, love, love this dip! The flavors are wonderful and if you use LSQ's mayonnaise recipe to make your own for this it's even better! I did use one of those onion chopper things so my onions were small squares and there was no problem with stringiness. I also chopped the bacon smaller to have some in each bite and cooked it pretty crisp. This stuff is addictive and no butter taste to me. I wouldn't call it a light anything though. Where are the instructions to sub kale for the bacon?

  • Sunelane 5 Jun, 2011

    loved the flavors in this...however i think i would have cut the onions smaller next time(i may put in the blender the lefter over for tomorrow)...even though it tasted like butter, they were still long and stringy...none the less, it was awesome for a sunday nite lite dinner

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