Roasted Garlic and Caramelized Onion Dip is a unique, sophisticated twist on a classic. You’ll find the bold flavors and creamy texture irresistible.
I first made this dip years ago, back when we still lived in Oregon. I don’t even remember now what I made it for, but I remember it was the first time I’d ever made caramelized onions. It was the first time I’d roasted my own garlic, too, and I felt like quite the successful cook afterward.
I went several years before making this Roasted Garlic and Caramelized Onion Dip again, but, in true foodie fashion, I thought longingly about it quite a few times. As a proud lover of both garlic and onions, I dream about this stuff. Don’t worry, though, if not all the people in your life are as fond of those ingredients as I am; the process of caramelizing the onions and roasting the garlic develops the flavors into sweeter, smoother, toned-down versions of themselves.
You can rest easy making this recipe for just about anyone.
Roasted Garlic and Caramelized Onion Dip
1 head of garlic
2 tbs olive oil, divided
1 medium or large onion
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sour cream
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To roast the garlic: cut the top of the head of garlic and place the head, cut side up, on a square of foil. Drizzle one tablespoon of olive over the top and wrap the foil up around the garlic. Place the foil packet in a baking dish (I like to put it in a muffin pan) and bake for 45 minutes. Remove garlic from oven, allow to cool for ten minutes, and then squeeze from the bottom of the head to push the roasted cloves out. Set aside.
Next, caramelize the onion. Cut the oven into quarters and then slice each chunk. Place slices in a skillet, drizzle with remaining olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook the onion over low heat for 30 to 45 minutes, until dark brown in color, stirring occasionally (alternatively, you can prepare your onions in a slow cooker). Be careful not to cook the onion too quickly; the caramelization process should take a while.
Place cream cheese and sour cream in a medium bowl and use a fork to mix them together. Add in the roasted garlic and caramelized onion, stirring to combine. Blend the mixture together either with an immersion blender or by running it through a Ninja or a Magic Bullet. Taste dip and add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve chilled with pita chips or club crackers.
- Consider caramelizing extra onions to include in other recipes, like Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese.
- My stove cooks too hot to caramelize onions without burning them, so I use my slow cooker.
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