Caramelized Onion Dip with Beer

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With summer here, so are the parties. Whether it’s a backyard barbeque, family brunch or a nice evening meal with friends, I’m finding myself in the kitchen preparing and bringing a homemade dish. If I’m not asked to bring a dessert, than I’m asked to bring an appetizer. My good friend, who admits she is not a seasoned chef, introduced me to her go-to-appetizer, homemade onion dip. It’s easy to prepare, ingredients are either ready in your kitchen or easy to pick up at the grocery store. And of course, it’s easy to eat!!!

I took her basic recipe and kicked it up a few notches. This is not the Lipton Onion Soup Mix Dip I grew up with!

Instead of just cooking the onions until soft, I cook them slowly until they are caramelized. This requires patience and can take 30 minutes to an hour. Watch them change from their raw white color to a sweet golden-brown. I also add a bit of beer and cook until most of it is soaked in.

After everything cools, mix it with cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise. Serve with chips or veggies and watch your friends and family go nuts! Great warm or cold, and everyone will think you are the Top Chef!

Caramelized Onion Dip with Beer

These sweet caramelized onions will quickly & easily replace that boxed onion dip of yours. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 2 large onions, yellow or vidalia
  • 4 TBS butter, unsalted
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
  • 12 oz beer, *
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise


  1. Peel, cut in half and slice into 1/8-inch thick half-rounds:
    • 2 large onions , yellow or vidalia
  2. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat and add:
    • 4 TBS butter, unsalted
    • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  3. Add the onions to the hot pan.
  4. Season onions with:
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper, ground
    • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper , optional
  5. Stir and sauté onions for 10 minutes.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 more minutes until the onions are browned and caramelized.
  7. Add to the onions:
    • 12 oz beer , *
  8. Increase heat to medium-high and cook onions until beer reduces by 1/3, approximately 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat and allow the onions to cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
  10. In a medium-size bowl, mix with a hand blender or a rubber scraper until smooth:
    • 4 oz cream cheese , room temperature
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  11. Stir in onions and adjust seasoning to your taste.
  12. Serve at room temperature.


Serving Suggestions: Serve with chips, bread or vegetables.

Cooking Tips: You can make this dip ahead and refrigerate after it is complete. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to serving to soften the dip and bring it to room temperature. * The alcohol in the beer is burned off, making this safe for kids to eat.

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One Response to Caramelized Onion Dip with Beer

  1. Trixie at #

    I made this for happy hour with the neighbors and it went over great! The neighbors couldn't get enough and what little was left was devoured by me and the hubby as a snack the next day! For using two whole onions, it still wasn't overpowering. For onion lovers like me, it was heaven and for the onion-shy, it was a great blend of flavors! Definitely making it again!

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