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Caramelized Onion Dip

(Recipe adapted from Cooks Illustrated)

Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar (I prefer dark)
1 pound onions , root end cut off, halved pole to pole, peeled, and sliced 1/4 inch thick across the grain
1/2 tablespoon water
Ground black pepper
3 slices bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
3 scallions , minced
1 teaspoon cider vinegar


cup sour cream (light or full fat…full fat is better. Sorry)

cup Greek yogurt (2%)

  1. Fry 3 slices (about 3 ounces) bacon, in small skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 5 minutes; remove with slotted spoon to paper towel–lined plate and set aside. Drain grease into container and wipe out skillet
  2. Heat butter and 1 Tablespoon bacon grease in 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat; when foam subsides, stir in salt and sugar. Add onions and stir to coat; cook, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to soften and release some moisture, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are deeply browned and slightly sticky, about 40 minutes longer.  I know this seems obvious, but if the onions are burning, turn down the heat. If they aren’t changing colors after 2o minutes, turn up the heat a tad.
  3. Off heat, stir in water; season to taste with pepper. Since the onions can be refrigerated for a week or so, I often double the onion part of the recipe and just keep some in the fridge. They are great on sandwiches or used to stuff a portabello (with spinach and feta)
  4. Combine caramelized onions, cider vinegar, scallions, sour cream, and bacon in medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve at room temperature. Great with kettle chips. Leftovers (hah) can be refrigeratedfor up to 3 days. The leftover dip makes the best baked potato topping I have ever had.


We just got back from a hugely successful trip to Marfa. It is such a cool little town and we met so many great new people. Not to mention that we discovered BananaGrams, my favorite new game. I woke up thinking about it… obsessed? Maybe. We ate a few fantastic restaurants on the way to/from Marfa and in the town itself.

Art installation in the desert outside of Marfa

  • The pancakes at Rather Sweet in Fredericksburg were the best I have ever had. I am stating that in all seriousness and with apology to my mother, who now makes the second best pancakes in the world. I also met the first Danish I liked. Serious yum
  • We loved Cochineal in Marfa. Exihibit 1? We ate there 3 times in 3 days, twice for breakfast and once for dinner. The huevos rancheros were exceptional.
  • We loved the Food Shark. It’s a little trailer in “downtown” Marfa with great daily specials and exceptional Marfalafel. Get the plate, not the wrap. The falafel is better than the tortilla that it is served in.

Anyway, here’s what I ended up bringing to the party:

  1. Caramelized onion dip with kettle chips (A+)
  2. Caponata (B-)
  3. Molasses ginger cookies (A, but only because I made them a teeeeeny bit too salty)
  4. Coffee bar (A+)
  5. Salty Redneck Toffee (A+)

I’m going to try to salvage my caponata tomorrow by turning it into a pasta sauce with ricotta. I’ll let you know how it goes.

I still need to start actually adding the recipes. Haven’t figured out the best way to yet. Will do, will do.