I love entertaining.
In fact, becoming known as a spectacular dinner party hostess is in my top three goals of my Ultimate Goal List. The others are normal things, like have a great career and true love and yadda yadda yadda.
Right now, I’m still in the “young adult,” phase of my life. When it comes to parties, BYOB and potlucks are still the norm. There aren’t very many fancy dinner parties to attend.
But, I still daydream about my fantasy dinner party.
I’ve become a bit obsessed with Come Dine With Me Canada. If you’re not familiar, it’s a show where people in the Toronto area compete to have the best dinner party. The prize is just $1,000 and I always get the impression no one actually wants the money, they just want to meet people and show off their cooking skills.
My fantasy menu changes all the time, usually when I try a new recipe and fall in love with it.
Can you have a six-course meal in which three of those courses are dessert?
And the first course is dip?
Let’s break all the rules.
Maybe it’s better that this dip doesn’t attend any dinner parties. It might steal the show.
This dip is so cheesy and creamy, packed full of onion flavour. It is not recommended for first dates or important business meetings with close talkers. But, it goes over so well at parties.
I had a ton of fun doing my second recipe video and enjoying this dip with some at-home happy hour cocktails.
It’s worth noting that you absolutely do not have to use onions or any particular kind of cheese in this dip. It’s actually a great base recipe for any creamy, baked dip. I use a very similar format for spinach and artichoke dip, except I swap out the Monterey Jack for parmesan and sharp cheddar.
I’d love to try it with some bacon and smoked gouda. Drool.
When I say this dip needs a strong chip, I mean it. I made the mistake of picking up some No-Name brand potato chips and they kept crumbling under the weight of the dip as I attempted to film my video. Ripple chips are a must.
Invite this dip over to your next house party. And then invite me – so I can eat a bunch!
Cheesy baked onion dip
- 1 large Spanish onion, sliced into thin strips
- 2 tbsp butter, for cooking the onion
- 1/2 cup of sour cream
- 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
- 1/2 brick of cream cheese
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- A few good shakes of your favourite hot sauce
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 cup of shredded cheese, your choice
- Slice your onion into thin strips. Melt butter in a hot pan and add onions, turning the heat down to low. Let them cook on low until soft and translucent, about 25 minutes.
- In a large bowl, blend sour cream, mayo, cream cheese, garlic, seasoning and cheese. Add onions. Spread into a pie plate or oven-safe dish. Top with a bit more shredded cheese.
- Place in an oven warmed to 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheesy is bubbling on top.
- Serve with plain, rippled potato chips or slices of French bread.