Caramelized Onion Bacon Dip

With the Holidays around the corner, it’s time to welcome friends and family with easy-to prepare, yummy tasting appetizers such as …

Caramelized Onion Bacon Dip!

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It’s hot and yummy. Tastes amazing with crusty bread chunks, tortilla chips or a spoon … if you must. 😉

There’s a slight nutty-sweet flavor that you get when you take a huge pile of thinly sliced onions, and gently cook them until they become this golden brown, caramelized much smaller pile of goodness!

It’s worth every minute and patience truly will pay off when you caramelize those onions. The brilliant thing is that you can make this a day ahead, just wait on the oven bit and garnishes, then just warm it up for 20 minutes in the oven, garnish and you’re good to go.

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If you need a little kick in the pants, you can add some spicy heat with a teaspoon or so of crushed chili flakes, HOT sauce or top it off with diced chili peppers. Because this recipe makes 2 cups, I divide mine between two 1 cup ramekins (oven proof dishes), so you can easily make one spicy and one not so spicy {a.k.a. kid-friendly, mild, wimpy-ish}. 😉 In my house, I go with kid-friendly and add hot sauce or chilies to my very own ramekin.

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I was so proud of myself, as I actually pulled out my nemesis, the mandolin slicer for this recipe, used it with success and survived once again. I have huge respect for anything pokey or sharp, as I have had a few encounters with them. My advice if you use a mandolin slicer: ALWAYS use the safety guard; don’t have any distractions around you (for me, that would be my children … yup); FOCUS! Always use caution in the kitchen. Just a little personal love there, as I don’t want anyone hurt.

I really do love how fast and beautiful a mandolin slicer works and think it’s better than a food processor any day.

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Caramelized Onion Bacon Dip

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

A gorgeous appetizer that's perfect for the Holidays or party any time of the year.


  • 2 Tbls Olive Oil
  • 3 medium Yellow Onions, sliced very thin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbls White Wine Vinegar, (I also like to use Seasoned Rice Vinegar)
  • 3/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/3 cup Gruyere Cheese, shredded (or a Sharp White Cheese or Swiss Cheese)
  • 4 - 6 pieces crispy Bacon, crumbled, reserving at least 1 piece for garnish
  • 3 tsp chopped Chives, divided

Optional Additions/Garnishes:

  • Crushed, dried Chili flakes
  • Diced, fresh red Chilies
  • Hot Sauce inside and out 😉
  • Replace the Chives with Spring Onions if preferred or thinly sliced Shallots


  1. In a large skillet, add Olive Oil and heat over medium high heat.
  2. Carefully add in the thinly sliced Onions and stir around, it will be a huge pile but will cook down. Cook over medium high heat until Onions become translucent.
  3. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 30 - 45 minutes, or until the Onions are soft and a golden brown (not burnt) color. (Note: If needed, you can add tablespoon of water or so to prevent the onions from sticking to the pan).
  4. Add in the Vinegar during the last 1 - 2 minutes, giving it a stir. Turn off heat and allow to cool.
  5. Before the Onions are caramelized, cook the Bacon until nice and crispy, drain on a paper towel and cool.
  6. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  7. In a medium bowl, mix together the Mayonnaise, Sour Cream, shredded Cheese, Pepper, and 2 tsp chopped Chives, crumbled Bacon (reserving some for the garnish) and Caramelized Onions (before adding, I usually roughly chop them up a bit).
  8. Spray your ramekins or baking dish with a little cooking spray. Pour in the yummy dip mixture into the sprayed baking dish and bake in the pre-heated 400°F oven for about 20 - 25 minutes or until the tops are nice a bubbly.
  9. Garnish with the remaining Chives and crispy Bacon and serve with crusty bread or your favorite crackers or tortilla chips.

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