So I'm a little late getting my post up in preparation for Super Bowl party planning but I wanted to make sure I posted about this dip. It may not seem like your standard Super Bowl party dip but it is GO-OD. I promise. If you show up and people wonder why you are bringing a dip with Gruyere to a Super Bowl Party, just tell them that it also has bacon, and after they've had one bite and then devoured the whole dish they won't ask silly questions like that anymore. :)
This dip is pretty straightforward. The only part that is slightly time-consuming is caramelizing the onions. After you've done that and fried the bacon until it's crisp, you just mix all the ingredients and bake. I like this dip with toast rounds but it would be great with crackers or pita chips. I think this would also be good served with crisp apple wedges like Granny Smith or Honey Crisp.
2 tsp. butter
1 tsp. olive or vegetable oil
2 onions (about 1 pound), halved and thinly sliced (I used sweet onions but you can also use Spanish)
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 tbs. apple cider or sherry vinegar
1/2 tsp minced fresh thyme
3 applewood-smoked bacon strips
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Gruyere cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Melt butter with oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, sugar, and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until onions soften and just begin to turn golden. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring often, 20 minutes or until onions turn deep golden brown. Stir in vinegar, scraping bottom of skillet to deglaze pan. Cook, stirring often, until vinegar is reduced by half. Stir in thyme. Pour onions onto a plate and set aside.
2. Cook bacon in a large skillet (I just used the same skillet from the onions to cut down on another pot to wash) over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp. Drain on paper towels; finely crumble.
3. Combine cheese and next 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir in onions and bacon. Spray a 2-cup baking dish with cooking spray and transfer mixture into dish.
4. Bake 15- 20 minutes or until mixture bubbles and top is lightly golden.
Yield: 2 cups
Adapted from Coastal Living