Sweet Caramelized Onion Dip


July 9, 2010 by Dana

The next time you throw a party, make this amazingly delicious Sweet Caramelized Onion Dip.  In fact, make it ASAP. Go!

What’s that, you say? You’re not throwing a party any time soon?  Throw one anyway, just as an excuse to make this dip.  Ok, ok, that may be a little overkill.  If you need another reason (other than it’s so delicious and everyone around you will love you and praise you and ask you for more), try one of these:

  • Bring it to someone else’s party/BBQ/gathering.  Didn’t mom always tell you not to show up empty handed?
  • You have extra crackers and need a reason to finish them.  (Not that I’ve ever needed a reason to polish off a sleeve of Ritz crackers, but hey, maybe you’re one of those strange people that does.)
  • It’s raining/snowing/too hot to go outside/too cold to go outside.
  • You’re just plain bored.  (I’m not really familiar with this feeling, as I try to cram so much into my days that I end up stressing myself out.  But I hear it does happen to some people.  Probably the same ones that need an excuse to eat the crackers.  Weird breed.)
  • It’s Tuesday. (Ok, maybe I’m stretching it here – I’m trying to give you a lot of options so you have no excuse not to make it ASAP.)

But in all seriousness, make this dip.  It is so delicious you will be the hit of any party where it’s served.


2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups chopped Vidalia onion (about 3-5 large onions)
1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme (I used ½ tsp. dried)
3 oz. 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/3 cup reduced-calorie mayo
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
A few dashes of hot sauce, to taste
A few dashes of Worcestershire sauce

If you have more or less of some of these ingredients on hand, you can still make this dip successfully.  It’s definitely not an exact science.  I happened to have 5 oz cream cheese on hand, and only ¼ cup mayo, and the dip still came out great.


1.  Heat the olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and thyme to the pan. Sauté for about 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are deep golden brown.

2. If serving right away, preheat oven to 200°F.

3. Remove the onion mixture from the heat. Add the cream cheese and Parmesan cheese, and stir well until the cheeses are melted. Add the remaining ingredients, and stir until well blended. Pour into a small, oven-safe serving dish. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese, as desired.  (You can make this well in advance, about 24 hours.  Cover and refrigerate, if not serving right away.)

4.  About 20 minutes before serving, warm dip in the oven just long enough to heat through.

Serve this dip with crackers/bread/veggies/chips (again, options – no excuses) and enjoy!

This recipe is so delicious and definitely a crowd pleaser.  It does take some time to caramelize the onions, but it is so worth it.  I am happy I found this new go-to party recipe at One Lucky Couple.  You will be, too, once you try it.

So, what are you waiting for??

One thought on “Sweet Caramelized Onion Dip

  1. […] may not seem like it judging by all of the cookies, bars, breads, and dips that I feature here, but I actually do practice eating well and living a healthy lifestyle.  I was […]

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