I love parties. I love parties because they are now an excuse for making dips and desserts and anything else fun I want to make.
It’s mildly humorous how far I’ve come in party hosting since my freshman year of college. I remember a weekend that my parents came down for an afternoon football game and after the game asked me what I my plans for the evening were (I was the second child, they knew what I was up to).
Me: “Oh I don’t know, I think one of my friends is having a party we’ll probably go to.”
my mom: “Do we need to run by the store and grab some chips and salsa or anything?”
Me: “Really Mom? No, it’s college, unless you’re planning on buying your underage daughter beer, I think we’ll be fine.”
I do think she palmed me a twenty when my dad wasn’t looking.
Here I am, only two years out of college and I’m ridiculously excited to make snacks for my boyfriend’s “party”. I was informed no fussy, frou-frou snacks. I chose my carmelized onion dip, chips and salsa (I bought from the store!) and then made chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes.
Keep in mind that I like more dip than onions, so I added more sour cream, cream cheese and mayo, but you could also use less onions — I figured more dip was better than less dip? If it had only made its way back to the fridge at the end of the night… oh well!
Caramelized Onion Dip
from: Cooking Light March 2007
3 cups chopped onion (about 2 medium)
3 tablespoons low-fat sour cream, divided (I used about 5)
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) 1/3 less-fat cream cheese, softened (I used about 3.5)
3 tablespoons light mayo (I used about 5)
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon salt (I added more at the end)
dash of ground pepper
1. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over med-high heat. Add onion; saute 2 min. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 20 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently (this is easy to burn so REALLY watch it closely!!!) Remove from heat; cool.
2. Combine 1 tbsp. sour cream and cream cheese, stirring well. Add remaining sour cream, mayo and remaining ingredients, and stir well to combine. Stir in onion.
3. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
I’ve made it twice once refrigerating overnight and once right before the party. I think it was a little bit better overnight, but nothing to worry about if you don’t have the time!