So, like I mentioned recently, I can't get enough of dips and appetizer recipes right now. This one, for Hot Vidalia Onion Dip, is a good old standby recipe that you see in many Southern cookbooks and is SO easy. Its creamy and cheesy and has just a tinge of sweetness from the Vidalia onions. After writing this post and editing my pictures, I really wish I had some more right now-- I really can't be trusted with this dip and some crusty bread. Its a good thing I almost always have the ingredients on hand! I mean, really, 3 ingredients?? This kind of recipe is right up my alley, and a good one to have in your back pocket if you find you need to whip up an appetizer for unexpected guests, or when hungry people descend on your house. :)
You definitely want to use a mild sweet onion for this recipe as I think regular onions would overpower. Its very easy to get Vidalia onions here and I try to keep a bag on hand for most of my cooking. I grew up on these babies and just love to cook with them. If you can't find Vidalias, I think Maui or Walla Walla onions would also be fine, although I have not used them in this dip. I do, however, buy Maui onions when I can't find Vidalias at the store and they have a similar mild sweet taste so I think they would do fine.
This dip is great served with crackers, apple slices, pita chips, or french bread. Enjoy!
Hot Vidalia Onion Dip
1 cup Vidalia onions, or other type of sweet onion, finely chopped
1 cup grated Swiss cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
optional: Paprika to sprinkle on top
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix all of the ingredients together and pour into a small casserole dish. Sprinkle the top with Paprika. Bake until bubbly. (I forgot to write down how long this takes to cook and the recipe doesn't give an exact time but I think it was about 20 minutes).
Adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, Delightfully Southern