Carmelized onion dip for Father’s Day

IT’S FATHER’S DAY and though he doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, I can think of one treat that will definitely please Paul…onion dip. In fact, he loves it so much that every time someone comes to visit from the US, this is his big request. Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix,please. They don’t even sell sour cream in Italy so on the off chance that he does have a packet or two squirreled away in our pantry, Paul uses Greek yogurt. It’s not a bad substitute but obv, not the real deal. That’s where the FAO commissary and Ina Garten come in.

I’ve made this dip many times, for many occasions including my brother’s wedding in 2010. For 200 people. That was not my smartest move. I blame jet lag. And pregnancy brain. But the dip was still amazing! (And I’m still getting compliments on it. Really.) Today, I made it for our family of 5 though I’m sure the little guy won’t be eating any. (He is 13 days old. No dip.)

Actually, Paul has really worked hard for the last two weeks. He’s been on paternity leave, which meant doing the majority of everything for Phoebe and Estelle while I basically breastfed all the time. All day. Every day. Nights too. We’ll eventually get onto a system where we feed every 2 1/2 to 3 hours but in the beginning I like to feed the babies as often as possible. It helps for jaundice (which they’ve all had) and also escorts the milk in easily.

Meanwhile, Paul has taken the girls to church on his own two weeks in a row. While they were sitting in pews this morning, I whipped up onion dip, a lemon-cream tart and lunch: our favorite summer pasta with tomatoes, cheese and fresh basil (post coming soon!). Like most of the Barefoot Contessa recipes, her Pan Fried Onion Dip is neither light nor fast but it’s definitely delicious. Happy Father’s Day!



  1. says

    I love onion dip as well and try to bring a packet or two back with me from the States when returning to Italy, but perhaps I can leave them at home and just try this instead. Seeing as I don’t have access to the FAO commissary, do you think that Greek yogurt would work? Thanks for sharing!

    • charityc says

      Hi Kristen — Sorry for the delay. My crazy spam blocker was blocking all of the comments and I’ve been so busy with the new baby I hadn’t realized what was going on! Anyway you can use any sour cream or Greek yogurt for the dip. I only mentioned the commissary because they don’t make sour cream in Italy at all; the only chance to get it is when they do offer it at the commissary periodically. It’s a delicious dip so make it and enjoy!

  2. Erin Holcomb says

    I don’t have any kids, but I live with my boyfriend who can sometimes be a picky eater, especially when it comes to onions. When I make stuff with onions I just don’t tell him and he loves it anyway, haha. I’ll have to make this and not let him know what it is until after he’s tried it. :)


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