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Caramelized Onion-Bacon Dip
Elizabeth Heiskell
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This dip is reminiscent of the French onion dip in a plastic tub that we used to have at parties when I was growing up.

Technique tip: Make sure you gently cook the onions and add a bit of salt, which will help pull out the moisture in the onion and intensify its sweetness.


    • 8 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons canola oil
    • 4 large sweet onions, finely chopped (about 8 cups)
    • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • Two 16-ounce containers sour cream
    • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 5 tablespoons finely chopped chives
    • Ruffled potato chips, to serve


1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels. Reserve 3-4 tablespoons of drippings in the skillet.

2. Add the oil to the bacon drippings, and increase the heat to medium-high. Add the onions, and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until deeply browned and very soft, about 30 minutes. Spoon the onions into a large bowl. Stir in the vinegar. Let stand until cooled to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

3. Add the sour cream, salt, pepper, 1 cup of the bacon and 1/4 cup of the chives to the onions; stir until well combined. Top with the remaining bacon and chives. Serve chilled or at room temperature with the potato chips.

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