Modern French Onion Dip Recipe

Jessica Flanigan decides to breathe new life into a classic French appetizer, and ends up with a delicious modern take on the retro dish.
Text And Photos By Jessica Flanigan

Many of my holidays growing up were spent at my grandparents house. Easter Sunday always included a ham spiked with cloves, and the very popular french onion dip appetizer. Everyone would stand around the coffee table until the bowl of dip was gone. A package of Lipton french onion soup mixed with sour cream along side a plate of celery and carrot sticks. A vivid food memory in my mind. Fast forward 20 years, and I still crave this appetizer. I have tried making it from scratch before, mixing sour cream, mayonnaise and sometimes chevre with onions to create something vaguely similar to what my childhood mind remembers. I never was able to get it just right however, until now.

I decided to skip the sour cream and mayonnaise component and instead opted for creme fraiche. I wanted a slighty sour taste that had a mostly creamy texture. Mayonnaise has a flat flavor note that I thought would cover the subtle taste of shallots and onion. I was right. Creme fraiche turned out to be the perfect blank canvas for caramelized onions and onion powder. This dip was incredibly easy too. A perfect throwback to the old days of my Easter dinner traditions. Serve with carrot sticks, celery or sourdough toast points.

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New look for a delicious French retro dish.
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Recipe Type: Appetizer
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 7.5 ounces Creme Fraiche (213g)
  • 1 heaping cup finely chopped onions (150g)
  • 3 Tablespoons finely chopped shallots (1.5 oz)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (1.5g)
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon onion powder (18g)
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (.5 oz)
  • pinch salt
Instructions
  1. Saute onions and shallots with olive oil and small pinch of salt over medium heat until caramelized, about 30 minutes.
  2. Stir occasionally.
  3. Cool in a bowl to room temperature after cooked.
  4. In a bowl, gently mix onion powder and salt into creme fraiche.
  5. Add the room temperature onion mixture to creme fraiche.
  6. Refrigerate overnight, covered.
  7. Bring to room temperature before serving.
2 Comments
  1. The moment I read the title of this blog, I knew where Jessica was going. Rose, Jessica’s grandmother and my mother ALWAYS had French Onion Dip at a family gathering. There were many optional items on the menu, but this was never skipped. And yes, my mother always used Lipton French Onion Soup mix along with sour cream. It seems to me there may have beeno one more ingredient because I got to mix it up more than once, but if there was, I can’t remember what it was. I think we may have to try this and see how my talented daughter did this time.

    Love, Dad

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