This Homemade French Onion Dip calls for only 8 ingredients (7 are pantry items) and can be whipped up in 5 minutes. It's a naturally low-carb appetizer - just dig in with your favorite veggies and enjoy a healthy snack.
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I realized early in my real food journey that most everything that comes in a package can be recreated with wholesome ingredients at home. For me, it started with mayonnaise and eventually transitioned to other packaged goods like homemade gummies, crackers and even cereal. It was a slow change. But I was making progress and for that I was thankful.
This Homemade French Onion Dip is so easy to recreate at home with clean ingredients. In fact, it only requires 7 dried seasonings and a tub of quality sour cream. The caramelized onions on top is totally optional but adds a nice touch, especially if you're serving this to adults who'll appreciate the extra effort. Ravenous kids just want food - leave the caramelized onions out and save yourself a half hour.
Homemade French Onion Dip
Most store-bought seasoning blends contain anti-caking agents (essentially wood pulp!) that we do our best to avoid. And because this dip comes together so quickly and easily, it's an easy way to avoid unnecessary fillers.
You probably have most of the ingredients on hand already. These are pretty standard spices that are common in every kitchen, with the exception of maybe the celery seed. And I would not advise leaving that out as it adds a lot of rich flavor to the dip.
I tried scouring the most budget friendly options for you on Amazon, but this pays off in the long term when you invest in larger quantities. The smaller bottles of spices just does not make financial sense in the long term. And it was pretty surprising to find the smaller packages priced higher than the 1-lb bags of the same brand, same spice. Regardless, you can find the following ingredients here: minced onion, powdered onion, powdered garlic, fine sea salt, dried parsley, celery seed, and turmeric. And as always, you can buy much smaller quantities in the bulk dried goods section of your local natural-food store. Do what works best for you and your family.
Helpful Tips for this Homemade French Onion Dip
- If you use dried seasonings a lot in your recipes, try to purchase them in 1-lb packages. Otherwise, smaller quantities are better priced in the bulk dried goods section of your local natural grocer.
- Feeling ambitious? Double the dried seasoning mix for a quick snack for next time. I would not do more than double though because the ingredients may clump together over extended time.
- The caramelized onion on top is totally optional. It looks fancy with it but is more practical to skip it for a quick snack.
- This dip is best when all the flavors are combined and absorbed - wait 30 minutes before digging in but we've been known to enjoy it immediately.
- This dip is also delicious on chicken. Slather any poultry pieces with French Onion Dip generously and cook/roast/bake as you normally would. Because of the turmeric, the chicken will have a slightly orange tint.
- Enjoy this dip low-carb style with some veggies (celery and endive are my favorite) or with gluten-free crackers.
- If you're caramelizing onions, get that started first since that requires a bit of time.
Tools Used in this Homemade French Onion Dip
- Various Jars - I love using Weck jars for pretty condiments but I have a generous collection of Mason jars that would work just as well.
- Stainless Steel Pan - this is my all-time favorite pan to caramelize onions. It's just the perfect size for ½ onion and comes with a thick bottom.
- Dried Seasonings used in this recipe - minced onion, powdered onion, powdered garlic, fine sea salt, dried parsley, celery seed, and turmeric.
Homemade French Onion Mix and Dip
For caramelized onions (optional)
- 2 tablespoon butter
- ½ sweet onion, thinly sliced
- Combine all dried spices and herbs.
- To make the dip, combine the dried mix with sour cream well. Let stand for 30 minutes for all the flavors to infuse together. Top with caramelized onions, if using.
Caramelized Onions (optional)
- If you're doing this, start on this first as it takes time to caramelize onions. Melt butter on medium-high heat in a skillet and toss sliced onions.
- Slowly cook for the sugars to caramelize for approximately 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Prepared dip can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. Mix can be stored in airtight container for up to 2 months (but may clump - see notes).
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