creamy caramelized onion - bleu cheese dip

this creamy caramelized onion-bleu cheese dip has it all. creamy, rich, a bit salty and a bit sweet. the classic flavors of mellow caramelized onions and tangy bleu cheese showcased in every tasty bite.

what do you get when you cross a classic onion dip & a tangy bleu cheese dressing?  dip bliss, that's what! and that is exactly what this dip is. bold flavors, a creamy base.  sweet, tangy, salty.  nuggets of sharp blue cheese and pockets of caramelized onion throughout. 

this creamy caramelized onion - bleu cheese dip combines sweet, rich caramelized onions with the tang of bleu cheese.  nothing artificial here - just simple, straight up ingredients showcased to their fullest potential.

a word or two on bleu cheese...  creamy, laced with veins of purple-ish blue and with a distinctive tangy bite -  bleu cheese can be an acquired taste.  there are so many kinds - some soft and melty, others hard and crumbly.  some mild, some very, very pungent.  i first developed a taste for the stuff in the form of a walnut-bleu cheese sourdough bread - an unusual yet surprisingly delicious flavor combination.  that said, we really have to be in the mood for bleu cheese - it is definitely not an always-in-the-fridge type of cheese.  

for this dip i wanted the bleu cheese to be on the harder side, to have a real presence and stand up to the creamy flavors of the dip.  soft and gooey just wasn't going to cut it.  and so i ventured to the whole foods cheese counter.  i've got to give a shout out to those cheese-mongers.  despite calling me ma'am - not that that my 32 year old self is still smarting over that or anything - they showed me a ton of different options. some from places that i didn't even know made bleu cheese (i'm looking at you, ireland!).  i eventually came away with a wisconsin buttermilk bleu.  dense and crumbly, with a distinctive-yet-mild buttermilk tang & just a hint of sweetness.  similar to gorgonzola - a common variety found at most grocery stores - it is the perfect balance for the deep sweetness of the caramelized onions. 

grab some spicy wings (our vegetarian buffalo wings, naturally!) or some simple greens & veggies and prepare for a dip experience like no other.  seriously guys, you've gotta try this stuff!

recipe: creamy caramelized onion - bleu cheese dip

ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream (or plain greek yogurt)
  • 1/2 medium onion, very thinly sliced
  • generous 1/4 c blue cheese, crumbled (gorgonzola or wisconsin buttermilk bleu recommended)
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder
  • apple cider vinegar 1/2 - 3/4 tsp
  • 1 Tbsp milk +, to thin
  • 2 tsp olive oil

method:

  1. heat the oil in a skillet on low.
  2. add the onion, a pinch of salt & stir.  cover and cook, stirring every few minutes until the onion begins to brown.
  3. remove cover and continue cooking, stirring frequently until the onion has reduced in size by about 1/2 and is dark brown and very thick.  remove from heat and set aside.
  4. meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the mayo, sour cream, blue cheese, 1/2 tsp vinegar & 1 Tbsp milk. add a pinch of salt & pepper & scant 1/8 tsp garlic powder. 
  5. add the cooled caramelized onions & combine.  
  6. taste, adding more milk (1 Tbsp at a time) and a bit more vinegar or spices as needed.
  7. serve with your favorite wings or veggies! 
  8. enjoy!

xoxo,

s & h

 

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