Bourbon Caramelized Onion Dip

Of course I can’t make a normal dip. A regular dip. Sure, there are other ways to amp up your flavor. But bourbon is delicious. Caramelized onions are delicious. And bourbon caramelized onions are ridiculous.

dip1I think the onions get sweet enough on their own, but you can add in a teaspoon or two of brown sugar if you’d like. I also like to add in that extra tablespoon kick of bourbon at the very end, because “raw” bourbon is going to hit your tongue differently than cooked bourbon.

dip2This is my “oops, I was supposed to take pictures!” photo shoot…

Caramelized Onion Dip

Adapted from A Spicy Perspective

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

2 large onions, chopped, at least sliced thin

1 teaspoon salt

cayenne pepper to taste

1/4 cup bourbon

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 cup sour cream

1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon bourbon

Melt the olive oil and butter together over medium-high heat. Add the onions and stir. Reduce heat to medium or medium-low. After 10 minutes add the salt. Keep cooking and stirring for 30 more minutes until the onions are a deep brown color. Add the 1/4 cup bourbon and cook for 10 more minutes. Set aside to cool.

Combine the cooled onions, softened cream cheese, sour cream, worcestershire sauce, and remaining tablespoon of bourbon in a food processor. Dip, dip, dip.

Beer Cheese Dip

To continue the trend from last week’s Corrupted Soup, I may still be on a beer and cheese kick.  Well, let’s face it–when am I not on a beer and cheese kick?!

But here it is-your quintessential party snack. I’ve been making this for years because it’s delicious, addictive, and ridiculously easy.  I guess that’s what happens when you take cheese, add more cheese, and then pour in some herbs and beer.

In my past life, I used to make it with those dry ranch packets. Ranch anything makes me happy. The only way fries are to be eaten are when doused in hot sauce and dipped in ranch dressing. Fact. But did you know those packets have msg in them? Gross. So I now take the 1-2 extra minutes effort to measure out my own spices. Worth it.

This dip is great with tortilla chips, regular chips, hard pretzels, bread, vegetables, and my personal favorite-soft pretzels fresh out of the oven. Do it.

Beer Cheese Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened room temperature

2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

2 teaspoons dried parsley

1/4 teaspoon dried dill

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

beer

Throw all ingredients except beer into a food processor and blend until fully combined. Start by adding 1/4 cup of beer and pulse; add more to reach desired dipping consistency. (I usually don’t measure, but I believe I usually end up using about 1/3 cup.) Drink rest of the beer and dip away!

*Note: This can totally be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. Just be sure to let it sit out at room temp for a while before you need it so the dip becomes soft again.