Touchdown Thursdays: Caramelized Onion Dip with Bacon and Gruyère

I’ve devised a scale to be used with dip related food items… from now on they’ll be rated from “eh”, decent, good to – insights mindless addictive dunking behavior.

This dip would fall into the latter category.  Creamy, funky, delicious and slightly out of the ordinary – you might wanna make two batches.

And the gruyère… oh the gruyère.  Let’s not relegate this delicious cheese to French onion soup my friends.  He should be making far more appearances, and this is the perfect way to spotlight his goodness.

The other added bonus of this dip, your house will smell of onions and bacon for the entire day, should that be something you’re in to.

I served this with toasted baguette, World Table Exotic Potato Chip Blend, and apples.  I gotta tell you that apples are the way to go.  They provide optimal surface area and sturdiness that can’t be beat.  Plus, there’s a tiny bit of feeling like you’re providing your body with a minor dose of vitamins.

Caramelized Onion Dip with Bacon and Gruyère

Ingredients:

4 applewood-smoked bacon strips

2 tablespoons butter

2 Spanish onions, halved and thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon Sherry

1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme

4 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup cream cheese

pinch of cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°.

In a large skillet cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp.  Drain on paper towels and finely crumble.

Reserve about 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in the pan.  Return pan to heat and add butter until melted.  Add onions, garlic, sugar, and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until onions soften and begin to turn golden brown. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring often, 20 minutes or until onions turn deep golden brown.  Stir in Sherry, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze.  Cook, stirring until Sherry is reduced by half.  Stir in thyme.

Combine cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, cream cheese, cayenne and black pepper in a medium bowl. Stir in onions and bacon. Transfer to a 2-cup baking dish.

Bake about 15 minutes or until mixture bubbles and top is lightly golden.

Adapted from Coastal Living.

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