This Warm Gruyere Bacon and Caramelized Onion Dip is always one of the first foods gone at a party. 

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Warm Gruyere, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion Dip

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.

What is Gruyere?

Gruyere is a smooth melting type of Swiss cheese that’s made from whole cow’s milk that’s described as being sweet and slightly salty. Gruyere is a great table cheese, a term that refers to any cheese that can be eaten in slices, like on a sandwich or as part of a cheese platter. 

Not only is this cheese great for just snacking on, but its also great when melted. It’s top grade melting capabilities are what makes this cheese the perfect candidate for a caramelized onion dip. 

Where Can I Find Gruyere Cheese?

While it might sound like a super fancy cheese you need to go to a farmers market to buy, its actually very easy to find at most grocery stores. 

As long as your grocery store has a specialty cheese section (usually near the deli) you should be able to find it no problem. It’s typically sold in block form and has a very light color, about the same as swiss cheese. 

If you can’t find gruyere cheese, regular swiss cheese will be a fine substitute. It will change the flavors up a bit, but overall the onion dip will remain fundamentally the same. I don’t suggest using any other cheese substitutions as you run the risk of changing the taste and consistency of the dish. 

How To Make Caramelized Onion Dip

Get all looks and taste of a fancy, restaurant quality dip without any of the work. This caramelized onion dip is too simple to pass up. Simple ingredients and just a few instructions make the recipe a no briner when you need to good appetizer to impress your guests with. 

Don’t believe how easy it is? Take a look for yourself. 

Just preheat oven to 425 degrees. Swirl the olive oil in the pan, add the onions. Cook on low then sprinkle onions with sugar and cook on low again. Stir occasionally to be sure they don’t burn.

In a medium bowl, mix mayonnaise, sour cream, bacon, chives, salt and pepper until well mixed. Stir in shredded Gruyere and caramelized onions. Place in a one-quart baking dish, sprinkle Gruyere on top and bake for until bubbly. Sprinkle with remaining chives and serve warm with crostini or crackers. 

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Easiest Onion Dip Recipe For Entertaining

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.) 

What To Serve With Caramelized Onion Dip?

With this dip, you have a lot of options when it comes to what you should serve it with. I will say that since this is a heavier, more complex dip, I would try to avoid any overly flimsy crackers. You’ll just end up with a dip full of cracker crumbles, and disappointed guests.

Try serving it with a variety of options like small artisan bread slices (like sourdough, or French bread), crostini crackers, or any other study cracker of your choice. You could also try it with some veggies like raw broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. 

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Tips For Making Carmelized Onions

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.

How To Freeze Carmelized Onions

There are three different ways you can freeze your caramelized onions, none of which is any better than the next, it’s just all about preference. Here are the ways to do it! 

  1. Ice Cube Trays: Take your prepared onions and pack them into as many ice cube trays as you can, feel free to pack each one as full as possible. This way you will have just enough for one serving in each ice cube tray. Cover the tray with plastic wrap and throw it in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to use, simply pop a serving or two out of the ice cube tray or use a knife to loosen them up. 
  2. Muffin Tins: The muffin tin option works just like the ice cube trays but with bigger portion sizes. This option is perfect for when you want to use more at once for bigger recipes. I recommend lining each cup with plastic wrap before placing in the onions for easy removal. 
  3. Freezer Bag: If you’re not sure what you’re going to use the onions for, or how much you’ll need at any time, Just throw them all into a large freezer bag. Spread into an even, thin layer and seal up the bag. Whenever you need some, just break, or cut off the portion size you think you’ll need. 

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. 

 

 

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Yield: 6 servings

Warm Gruyere, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Dip

Warm Gruyere, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Dip

This Warm Gruyere, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Dip recipe will be the star of your next party!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Sprinkle with remaining chives and serve warm with crostini or crackers.

Notes

If you are using frozen caramelized onions, simply thaw and add to the rest of the ingredients before baking.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1/3 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 220 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 22mg Sodium: 369mg Carbohydrates: 17g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 7g Protein: 7g

 

 

This wildly popular Warm Gruyere, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Dip is a great appetizer recipe for entertaining. It always disappears!