French Onion Dip Recipe

Short on dip or just looking for a flavorful ride? Let’s make this tasty French onion dip that won’t leave a face without a smile!

French onion dip - SunCakeMomFrench onion dip has almost as much to do with French cuisine as French fries, not much.

Why French?

Most likely French fires are called French in the US because of the language used by the serving host of American soldiers stationing in Belgium during WWI. Although they were actually based in Belgium, the proximity of France and the French language, that is used in the country as well as the official language of their army at that time, didn’t help much to distinguish between their cuisine and the French.

So, it seems that calling fries Belgian would be much more historically accurate, although it’s doubtful how the French would like it, since they also call ownership over the invention of frying potatoes in hot fat or oil.

Why French onion dip?

Like Limey stuck to British sailors then the general population, French fries followed potatoes fried in oil back to the US.

The name French was slapped to the dip only because French onion soup was used to flavor the sour cream the French onion dip is based on. It isn’t as creative a name as thousand island nor as fancy as one of the five mother sauces, but we mostly use it for dipping chips or other snacks into it and not striving to reach culinary heights, anyway.

What’s in the dip?

Making French onion dip or California dip as also sometimes known, due to some Lipton commercial campaign at home, is an easy endeavor. Depending on our skill and mood level, we have various options.

If time is short or not in the mood of drive out the whole family from the house with the smell of caramelized onion making then we can simply use dried ingredients like dried onion, garlic or just one of those revolting French onion seasonings sachets with unpronounceable ingredients.

Although the original French onion dip supposedly used sour cream and instant French onion soup seasoning, we don’t have to sink that low, especially when we can aim much higher.

How to prepare to dip?

French onion soup’s main ingredient is the caramelized onion that we can make easily at home. If we are clever enough and/or have a big enough fridge then we may already have a jar of such onion prepared ready to be used with any recipes that comes into our way.

Since caramelized onion is a pain to make, it’s worth to make it in big batches then keep it in the fridge under the sealing blessing of some cooking oil. If we care enough to store it properly then it lasts much longer outside the fridge as long as it’s unopened too, but -depending on the size of the batch- they don’t have time to go rancid with poor canning practices in the fridge either.

How to make French onion dip?

If we have the bad luck or unpreparedness of not having caramelized onion ready to go then we can always make as much as we need in about 20 – 25 minutes.

Once we have the onion cooled off, there is nothing can stop us mixing it into the sour cream, salt, maybe some chives and serve it immediately, although some people like to keep it in the fridge for a day before that.French onion dip - SunCakeMom

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons / 30ml Butter or cooking oil
  • 1 piece / 110g Onion (50g Caramelized onion)
  • 1 teaspoon / 3g Salt
  • 1 piece / 3g Garlic (diced)
  • 7 oz / 200ml Sour cream or Crème fraîche
  • Optional
    • 1 tablespoon / 1g Chives or scallion
    • 1 tablespoon / 1g Parsley

How to make French onion dip

  1.  Heat butter or cooking oil then saute onion and salt on high heat until a glassy / translucent look, about 3 – 5 minutes. Onion can be diced up now or later. We can make big batches of caramelized onion, keep it in the fridge and use it as needed. For more detailed instructions check out how to make caramelized onion.Caramelized-onion-Process-1-SunCakeMom
  2. Reduce heat to low and slowly let the onions caramelize, about 15 – 25 minutes. Stir every now and again. 5 minutes before the end, mix in garlic.Caramelized-onion-Process-4-SunCakeMom
  3. Let the caramelized onion cool down. Chop it up finely if sliced. Do the same with any optional ingredients like chives, scallion or parsley. French onion dip - SunCakeMom
  4. Mix onion and optional ingredients with sour cream.French onion dip - SunCakeMom

Enjoy!

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French Onion Dip Recipe

Short on dip or just looking for a flavorful ride? Let's make this tasty French onion dip that won't leave a face without a smile!
Course Condiments
Cuisine American, Gluten free, Keto, Low carb recipe, Sugar free recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 158kcal
Author SunCakeMom

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Butter or cooking oil
  • 1 piece Onion 50g Caramelized onion
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 piece Garlic diced
  • 7 oz Sour cream or Crème fraîche
  • Optional
  • 1 tablespoon Chives or scallion
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley

Instructions

  • Heat butter or cooking oil then saute onion and salt on high heat until a glassy / translucent look, about 3 - 5 minutes. Onion can be diced up now or later. We can make big batches of caramelized onion, keep it in the fridge and use it as needed. For more detailed instructions check out how to make caramelized onion.
    Caramelized-onion-Process-1-SunCakeMom
  • Reduce heat to low and slowly let the onions caramelize, about 15 - 25 minutes. Stir every now and again. 5 minutes before the end, mix in garlic.
    Caramelized-onion-Process-4-SunCakeMom
  • Let the caramelized onion cool down. Chop it up finely if sliced. Do the same with any optional ingredients like chives, scallion or parsley.
    French onion dip - SunCakeMom
  • Mix onion and optional ingredients with sour cream.
    French onion dip - SunCakeMom

Notes

Enjoy!

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 158kcal (8%) | Carbohydrates: 4g (1%) | Protein: 1g (2%) | Fat: 16g (25%) | Saturated Fat: 9g (56%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg (14%) | Sodium: 673mg (29%) | Potassium: 120mg (3%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 3g (3%) | Vitamin A: 569IU (11%) | Vitamin C: 4mg (5%) | Calcium: 66mg (7%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)

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