A tasty base of cream cheese, cottage cheese and caramelized onions makes this homemade onion dip simply irresistible! Forget store-bought and make this easy onion dip at home, serve with your favourite chips and watch it disappear!
Remember those caramelized onions I share a little while back?
Today I’m sharing ’em in a homemade onion dip!
With it being the holiday season, it means lots of parties, get togethers and impromptu visits. It’s always good to have an easy dip recipe in your back pocket … and this one always goes over so well!
Though this is an indulgent dip, it is lightened up somewhat with light cream cheese and cottage cheese instead of sour cream or mayo.
It has all the delicious flavours you love in an onion dip recipe. It’s creamy, flavourful and totally perfect with chips without being too heavy; feel me?
So ditch those store-bought packets of onion powder and make a delicious onion dip from scratch! Let’s make it!
How to Make Onion Dip
Full details are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:
- Caramelize those onions! This is the longest part. After that, there’s not much to it!
- In a food processor, combine cream cheese, cottage cheese, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, chili flakes, salt and pepper.
- Blend until smooth and combined.
- Add caramelized onions and fresh parsley.
- Pulse until incorporated. Tip: The reason why we ‘pulse’ here is that we don’t want the onions totally blended up. You want some texture left. Then, it’s just a matter of scooping into a serving dish and garnishing, if you like.
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Can I Caramelize Onions Ahead of Time?
Absolutely! Prep your onions a day (or two) ahead of time, properly store in an airtight container in the fridge and make the dip when ready.
Are Fried Onions The Same Thing?
The thing about caramelized onions is that that are cooked low and slow.
What does that mean?
Depth of flavour.
A lovely caramel colour.
A touch of sweetness.
Don’t get me wrong, fried onions are great! But caramelized onions work best in this dip.
Can I Serve As A Hot Onion Dip?
Pour onion dip into an oven-safe dish (reserve any onion garnish and parsley for after) and heat in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 20 minutes or so until heated through.
Garnish as desired.
Can I Make Without a Food Processor?
If you don’t have a food processor, use a hand mixer along with a mixing bowl to blend everything together.
When it’s time to add the onions, chop them before mixing in.
More Tips & Variations
Cottage cheese was used here to lighten things up a bit (versus using sour cream or mayo). Having said that, if you want to treat yourself, go ahead and use either of the latter.
You want your cream cheese softened so it blends up nice and creamy.
Chili flakes were used for a touch of spice, but you can omit if you like or replace with cayenne to taste.
Caramelized onions were reserved for garnish. You can skip this if you like and just put them in the actual dip.
Want to keep things vegetarian? The Foodie Affair has a vegan worcestershire sauce recipe. Alternatively, you can purchase a store-bought vegan or vegetarian variety.
More Easy Dip Recipes
Hope you love this homemade onion dip as much as we do!
If you make this caramelized onion dip, be sure to leave a comment below. Love to know how you enjoyed!
Homemade Onion Dip (lightened up a little)
- ¾ cup to 1 cup cup caramelized onions (depending on how much onion flavour you want. Plus 1 to 2 tablespoons for garnish)
- 8 ounces light cream cheese , softened & cut into cubes (a 250 gram block)
- 1 to 1.25 cup cottage cheese (I used 1% milk fat)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (regular, vegan or vegetarian version)
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- ¾ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup fresh parsley , roughly chopped (or baby arugula)
- ½ teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
- In a food processor combine cream cheese, cottage cheese, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and red chili flakes. Blend until smooth and combined.Note: Start with 1 cup of cottage cheese and blend in an additional ¼ cup if you want things looser. Also, stir your cottage cheese before measuring.
- Stop and add caramelized onions (¾ to 1 cup, depending on how much onion flavour you want) and parsley (or baby arugula). Pulse until just combined. Don't over mix.
- Pour into a serving container and garnish with additional parsley and extra chopped caramelized onions, if desired. Enjoy with chips, crackers or veggie sticks! Serves 8 to 10. Nutrition (estimate only) based on 10 servings.Note: Enjoy immediately or properly store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy within 3 to 4 days.
- Time includes caramelizing onions.
- Cottage cheese was used here to lighten things up a bit (versus using sour cream or mayo). Having said that, if you want to treat yourself, go ahead and use either of the latter.
- You want your cream cheese softened so it blends up nice and creamy.
- Chili flakes were used for a touch of spice, but you can omit if you like or replace with cayenne to taste.
- Caramelized onions were reserved for garnish. You can skip this if you like and just put them in the actual dip.
- Want to keep things vegetarian? Use a vegan or vegetarian Worcestershire sauce.
Nutrition (ESTIMATE ONLY)
Nutrition estimate (if provided) is based on 1 serving.
Nutrition information (if provided) is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an estimate only. Ingredients can vary and Girl Heart Food makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are guidelines only.