Cheesy French onion dip has the flavors of a bowl of French onion soup in dippable form! Oh, and lots more cheese.
Here’s how Saturdays go in our house: breakfast (usually biscuits & gravy, bacon, fried eggs, and coffee); lunch (restaurant review); afternoon coffee (weekend ritual); snack (because we’re never hungry enough for an actual meal. Sometimes the snack is just popcorn for me and cereal for Philip, but lots of times Saturday night is the night that I make one of the appetizer or snacky type items that I’ve listed on my running ledger of blog post ideas.
This one came from a recent preparation of caramelized onions. I started thinking about French onion soup, then, for some reason my mind turned to turning that soup into a cheesy, oniony dip for crackers. Really, think about it: French onion soup = warm, buttery, caramelized onions, crunchy bread, and rich melted cheese. French onion dip = cold, sour cream based, raw (usually dehydrated) onions, and potato chips. Don’t get me wrong…I’m not hatin’ on traditional cold French onion dip. I love the stuff; pair it with Ruffles and you’ve got my favorite snack when I’m sick.
Sometimes you just need a warm dip, though, and the more cheese the better. Word? Word. And not every dip needs a chip…a warm dip full of Gruyere is much happier with a cracker. This cheesy French onion dip has all of the flavors of French onion soup (well, aside from the beefy flavor of the broth base) but doesn’t require a spoon. Perfect Saturday night food…around here anyway. If you put it in a mini Crock-Pot (<–affiliate link), cheesy French onion dip is perfect for your next party, too.
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Yield: 1 1/2 cups
10 minPrep Time:
35 minCook Time:
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup milk (I use whole milk)
- 4 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded
- salt and pepper, to taste
- crackers, crostini, pretzels, or chips for serving
- In a 10-inch skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions, salt, and sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions begin to soften. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, until golden, soft, and syrupy.
- Sprinkle the the flour over the onions and stir to combine. Cook for about one minute. Slowly drizzle in the milk, stirring constantly. Cook until thickened.
- Add the cheese, a handful at a time, and stir until completely melted. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with crackers, crostini, pretzels, or chips.
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