Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hot Caramelized Onion Dip with Bacon and Gruyere

My husband and I had a great time on our anniversary trip to New York City and I can't believe we've already gone and come back.  All I can say is thank goodness you do a lot of walking in that city or I would be in trouble.  Besides the prerequisite NY bagels and pizza, my husband fell on the sword and accompanied me to my favorite breakfast place, Alice's Tea Cup and oh my, are their scones divine-- and with so many different flavors to choose from.  You may remember me talking about this favorite little tea shop before, and I've also made a couple of recipes from their cookbook on my blog.  It was great to get to go again, and even hubby enjoyed his breakfast so much he was OK with being in a tea house. :)  We also had an incredible anniversary dinner at Balthazar, a delicious charming French bistro in SoHo that was definitely a highlight! It was a great trip and a nice way to celebrate 5 years!

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


  1. How have I lived all these years without this? Two of my faves - onions and gruyere! Delicious!

  2. OMG this dip sounds dangerously good! Can't wait to give it a try!

  3. YUM! This sounds delicious! We visited NYC in April & had a wonderful time - you're right about all the walking! Enjoy the rest of your week!

  4. Looks fantastic can’t wait to make one.

  5. Oh my goodness Ryan - you have all my favorite flavors here - this really is a winner!! I'm making this on Sunday! If you have a moment would you mind popping over to my site and voting for me - my cupcake is in the running for the today shows home chef challenge - thanks so much :)
    Mary oxo

  6. How amazing does this sound??? It's wonderful as a soup, but to make it a dip? I'd be snacking all day!

  7. This sounds like heaven.

  8. Gruyere cheese...yes, please. This dip sounds soooo delicious, Ryan!

  9. So glad to hear you had a great time! This dip does sound delicious and would be perfect for the Super Bowl!

  10. Those caramelized onion bring people into the kitchen saying, "what smells soooo good?". This looks delish! Glad to hear you had a good time in NYC!

  11. Happy you enjoyed your time in the city! I'm going to be looking for "Alice's Tea Cup" next time we go into the city. Sounds delightful!
    Your dip looks so delicious...I will be bookmarking it!


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