French Onion Dip With Caramelized Onions

A true American classic, synonymous with potato chips and Sunday afternoon football games. French onion dip, also known as “California Dip” or “Lipton California Dip” is a well-known, extremely basic dip made primarily with sour cream and minced onions (what’s not to love).  Typically served with chips (the less fancy, the better), this is all about big flavor and easy dipping.  Health food it is not, but it’s delicious and I honestly don’t know anyone who can pass up this old American favorite.

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Created by an unknown French cook in Los Angeles in 1954, the recipe was publicized in the local newspaper and spread like wildfire.  The Lipton company quickly stepped in and began promoting it on television, where it became even more popular.  By 1958, Lipton had added the recipe to its instant soup package.  The rest, as they say, is history.

I was talking to a good friend from college about our love of this simple classic dip.  She said that she knows a place in San Francisco where you can buy a gourmet version of it and often does when friends come over.  It got me thinking about making my homemade version.

I developed this easy and delicious recipe as an upscale alternative to the one we all know so well.  For those getting ready for the Super Bowl, you may want to make this and dazzle your guests with an irresistible caramelized onion version of French onion dip.  The calories are well worth it in my mind.

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Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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