This Warm Gruyere Bacon and Caramelized Onion Dip is always one of the first foods gone at a party.
You know those recipes that are your go-to’s for a casual party? You think about removing it from the list, but it’s just too popular to replace? This Warm Gruyere, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion Dip is a perfect example.
Um, hello? How can that not be spectacular? The flavors together are amazing, and it has just the right cheesiness without being messy. If that isn’t a win-win, I’m not sure what is.
I always strive to have easy to eat foods when I host a party. And ones I don’t have to deal with once guests arrive. This Warm Gruyere, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Dip fits that bill. I can already tell you which two of my friends will be conveniently camped right next to it. (They are very protective of their party food, especially this Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball.)
How can I say that something with caramelized onions lends itself to easy entertaining when caramelizing the onions themselves takes a while?
Trust me, they are perfect because you can make them months ahead. They freeze beautifully, so make them now, pop them in the freezer, and you’ll have caramelized onions on hand that you can toss into recipes in no time flat. Recipes like this Flatbread with Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onions.
See where I’m going with this? Using the same ingredient in a few dishes and making the appetizers easy for your friends to eat are keys to low-stress entertaining.
Warm Gruyere, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Dip
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 3 1/2 cups chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded plus additional for sprinkling on top
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, divided
- 1/3 cup canola mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup light sour cream
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Swirl the olive oil in the pan and add the onions. Cook on low for 20 minutes, sprinkle onions with sugar and cook on low for an additional 45 minutes to one hour. Stir occasionally so they don’t burn.
- In a medium bowl, mix mayonnaise, sour cream, bacon, 1 tablespoon chives, salt and pepper until well mixed. Stir in shredded Gruyere and caramelized onions. Place in one quart baking dish, sprinkle 2 tablespoons Gruyere on top and bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly.
- Sprinkle with remaining chives and serve warm with crostini or crackers.
If you are using frozen caramelized onions, simply thaw and add to the rest of the ingredients before baking.