A while back I was reading Huffington Post Food and came across a recipe for a hot dip with caramelized onions and bacon. I’ve made gooey hot dips for many many years, but this definitely intrigued me… I really like caramelized onions and adding bacon seemed like the ultimate no-brainer. So… at work this morning I decided to give it a try. My co-workers definitely deserved something fun and new. Hard-working folks need sustenance.

It takes time to get the onions right, but it’s well worth the effort! The plate was licked clean in no-time!

Hot Bacon and Caramelized Onion Dip

  • 12 oz package bacon
  • 5 cups diced onion (about 3 large)
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 6 oz Gruyère cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Chop bacon and fry until crisp. Drain and set aside, reserving bacon fat.

In a clean frying pan, add about 4 tbsp bacon fat and 4 tbsp butter. Add onions and cook over low heat until well-browned and caramelized – about 20 minutes – maybe longer. Be careful not to burn them.

When cooked, mix onions, bacon, sour cream, mayonnaise, shredded cheese, and salt and pepper in a bowl. Pour into a greased pie plate and bake uncovered, for about 30 minutes at 350°.

Serve with baguette slices.

Just about any cheese will work – including bits and pieces of whatever you have laying around in the ‘fridge. Mix it up. have some fun with it.

It’s not a low calorie low fat dish, so make sure there are lots of people around to enjoy it with!