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Caramelized Onion and Shallot Dip is the perfect appetizer for your next dinner party or picnic! | Back To The Book Nutrition

Caramelized Onion and Shallot Dip

This beats any French Onion Dip I’ve ever tasted, thanks to the caramelized onions, shallots, and garlic. It takes a little time to make, but is very easy and will be a instant hit at your next dinner party or picnic!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword onion and shallot dip, onion dip
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1/4 cup pastured ghee, Ghee will allow the onions to cook at a higher temperature, but butter will also work - just be careful not to burn it. Buy pastured ghee here
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 2 large shallots chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic pressed
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 3 Tbsp white wine optional, but it'll add great depth to the flavor!
  • 1 cup organic sour cream or creme fraiche


  • Remove sour cream from refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Melt the butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions, salt, pepper, cayenne, and onion powder and cook for 2-3 minutes, then add the shallot and garlic for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Add the white wine and continue to cook, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to remove any brown bits.
  • Once the mixture has thickened slightly (should only take 2-3 minutes), reduce the heat and cook the entire mixture for about 20 more minutes, stirring often, until caramelized (soft, dark brown, and with a somewhat sweet flavor).
  • Remove from heat and stir in sour cream until well mixed. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • If possible, remove dip from refrigerator at least 20 minutes before serving (if not, it's still great cold!).
  • Garnish with sliced green onions and serve with chips or raw veggies.


Adapted from Recipe Tin Eats