I know what you’re thinking: where was this dip a couple of days ago, when I was planning my Superbowl party?

caramelized red onion dip

Believe me when I say I really wanted to share this with you before now; but I couldn’t, because this month’s Secret Recipe Club reveal was not until today. Don’t wait until next year’s Superbowl to make this caramelized red onion dip, though- it’s much too terrific to put off for that long :)

This dip is just slightly adapted from Melissa over at my SRC blog for this month: A Fit and Spicy Life. Melissa blogs about food, fitness, travel, and wine from her home in Minneapolis, and I had a hard time choosing which of her recipes to try because there were so many tempting options.

As soon as I saw her onion dip, however, I was sold. I’ve never made homemade onion dip before and was curious how it would compare to the kind I used to make with packaged soup mix and sour cream way back when. I have to say that my whole family enjoyed this, and I love that it’s so easy to make and so much healthier than typical onion dip. Thank you Melissa: I’m definitely putting this into my party foods rotation.

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caramelized onion dip


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    Cassie — February 6, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    This looks wonderful. I love dips. I can only imagine that the caramelized onion flavor is so sweet and delicious in this!

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    Winnie — February 6, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    Thanks so much GInny!

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    Ginny — February 6, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    I’ve actually made a very similar recipe before and was it ever good! I can’t wait to try your recipe. Great photo.

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    Winnie — February 6, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    Thanks Ginny!

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    Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies — February 6, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    Caramelizing the onion must add so much wonderful flavor.

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    Winnie — February 6, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    It really does ;)

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    Lisa~~ — February 6, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    Guess I never thought to make homemade onion dip but this one looks wonderful, I’ll have to give up my soup mix and give it a try.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites

    Cook Lisa Cook

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    Winnie — February 6, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    I hope you give it a try Lisa!

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    Katie — February 6, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    What a fantastic looking recipe! I love that it uses real food ingredients. I am pinning it to make soon. Thanks for the recipe, Winnie!

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    Winnie — February 6, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

    Thanks for pinning the recipe Katie!

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    LiztheChef — February 6, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    Is your SRC accepting more members? What are the guidelines to enter, if one can still do so? Thanks – and such a brilliant dip…I didn’t watch the game anyhow ;)

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    Winnie — February 6, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

    I think there’s a waiting list for the SRC so you should get on it…and didn’t watch the game either ;)

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    Veronica — February 6, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

    Oh me, oh my! This is the kind of dip I don’t care WHEN I make it, I just make it for no reason and have it as dinner! lol

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    Winnie — February 6, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

    Yes absolutely!

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    Melissa@IWasBornToCook — February 6, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

    I’ve made this before, but with yellow onions…I bet red is just as delicious!

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    Winnie — February 6, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

    I don’t know if the taste would be different with the yellow; I am going to try that soon.

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — February 6, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    What a great, better for you onion dip. My family would love it too.

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    Winnie — February 6, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    Hope you try it Barbara!

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    Noelle (@singerinkitchen) — February 6, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful recipe. The sweetness of the red onions makes this a winner!

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    Winnie — February 6, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    Yup…it really does.

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    Susie Tilton — February 6, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

    This looks great, and I love that it is a healthier version…I could have used this last night! I was tempted by my childhood favorite, onion dip and potato chips, and I felt rotten after I ate it. Maybe the greasy chips, maybe that processed dairy. I am going to try this one out.

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    Winnie — February 6, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

    I hope you do try it- I like this “real food” version so much more than the other…

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    Mellissa — February 6, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    I am so glad you liked it! This is one of my go to recipes for parties and I can never stop eating it.

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    Winnie — February 6, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

    I loved it! Thanks for sharing ;)

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    Shri — February 6, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

    Winnie, this recipe is so much similar to the Mughlai yogurt marinade in Indian cuisine. Thyme is the difference. It looks delicious.

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    Winnie — February 6, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    Really? That’s so interesting. So is that a marinade you’d use for chicken? Something else? I bet anything marinated in there would be awesome.

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    Culinary Adventure with Camilla — February 6, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    I have made onion dip before and it was good. But this looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing with the SRC. I will definitely give this a shot soon.

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    Isabelle @ Crumb — February 6, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

    This looks wonderful, Winnie! Oddly enough, I just made a batch of caramelized onion dip with a Greek yogurt base on the weekend… we must have been on the same wavelength or something. :)
    Love the addition of fresh ginger… that sounds delicious!

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    Anna @ the shady pine — February 6, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    What a delicious looking dip!! I love freshly home made dips and always favour them to store bought dips full of fake flavours. I cannot wait to try this!

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    cooking rookie — February 7, 2012 @ 12:27 am

    Great pic and a lovely healthy dip! All these ingredients simply must taste wonderful together.

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    Sophie — February 7, 2012 @ 4:44 am

    Oooh waw, my friend! :) What an appetizing & tasty red onions dip!

    I love it so much! Looks very yummy too! ;)

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    Sarah, Simply Cooked — February 7, 2012 @ 5:02 am

    Winnie, what a great idea. I read Mellissa’s blog a lot and I really like her healthy take on recipes. This is a great example. I am in favour of any way of getting more vegetables into my mouth!

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    Hezzi-D — February 7, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    I love onion dip but this looks much healthier then the store bought kind! I’m going to give this one a try soon.

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    Erin @ Making Memories — February 7, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    I am a dip freak and this looks so delicious!!!

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    Cookin' Canuck — February 7, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    Onion dip with ginger – that sounds too good to be true. This is one I’ll definitely be making, football or no football.

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    Paula — February 7, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    No worries about not posting this in time for Super Bowl parties this year. In this household only my husband watched (no party) while I blogged and tweeted and got a kick out of his reactions to the plays.

    This dip does have me excited to make it when we do have a crowd over next. I’m almost craving for a tray full of fresh veggies for some reason :)

    Thanks for sharing your recipe…I know I can pull this one off :)

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    Katherine Martinelli — February 7, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    I love homemade onion dip (although I must admit onion dip made with soup mix is one of my junky weaknesses) and this looks amazing. Much quicker than the recipe I’ve been using! I can’t wait to give it a go :-)

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    Shumaila — February 7, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    I love caramelized onions, so bet this dip would sound great. I really should make more homemade dips- probably will start with this one!

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    Beth (OMG! Yummy) — February 7, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

    Hi Winnie – we met in Atlanta and I see Carol tweeting your posts all the time so I’m finally popping over to say hi. The thought of onion dip brought me back to my childhood so I just had to check it out. Love the idea of it and will definitely try this – of course I can imagine my family expecting potato chips, not vegetables with it but maybe I can slip in those baked salt and pepper ones with the carrots and radishes :-)

    Love the look of your blog and your photos are lovely!

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    Kim Bee — February 9, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

    My hubs would lose his mind over this one.

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    Jill Mant~a SaucyCook — February 10, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    Wow, it is funny how a title can have such an effect on our thinking. I say Onion Dip and I think Lipton and MSG! Yours sounds so good I will have to try it and thanks so much for the backlink to the fabulous instructions for making Creme Fraishe. I’m on it!

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    Margaret — February 15, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    THAT looks amazing. I’ve never made onion dip from scratch. It may be a good time to start!!

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