Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip with Potato Chips and Crudite


Fresh, crunchy vegetables (crudite) taste great with the salty-sweet combo of this simple party dip.


  • 4 bacon strips, chopped

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 pounds yellow onions, peeled, halved, and thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar

  • 1 ½ cups mayonnaise

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 3 small shallots, thinly sliced into rings

  • For serving: potato chips, celery, carrots, or other raw vegetables


  1. In a small skillet, cook the bacon until the fat is rendered out. Drain bacon, reserving the fat in the pan.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add onions and salt. Cook onions over low heat, stirring occasionally, until they are soft and deep golden in color, about 1 hour. Add water if needed. Add the vinegar in the last minute of cooking. Cool to room temperature.

  3. In a large bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, sour cream, onions, and bacon.

  4. Add vegetable oil to the skillet with bacon fat. Reheat on medium-high until the oil shimmers. Add the shallots, lower the heat, and cook until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Drain, and garnish dip with fried shallots.

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