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Caramelized Onion Dip with Crème Fraîche

Caramelized Onion Dip with Crème Fraîche

Leigh Belanger and Rebecca Haley-Park
This dip improves after a day or two, when the flavors have had a chance to meld—so make it ahead to shorten your to-do list on the day of the party.


  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 medium yellow onions halved and cut into ¼-inch-thick slices (about 2¼ cups)
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons plus one teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • ½ cup crème fraîche
  • ½ cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives plus more for garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Ground black pepper to taste


  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven set over medium heat. When it shimmers, add onions and salt, and cook, stirring, for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 30 more minutes. The onions will release their liquids during the first 10 minutes of cooking, then collapse and slightly darken in color over time. They’re ready when they are a deep golden color and reduced by over two-thirds of their original volume.
  • Add 2 tablespoons vinegar, stirring and scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking over medium-low heat for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until onions are totally soft and a deep nut-brown color. Remove from heat, and set aside to cool, 10 to 15 minutes. You’ll have about ½ cup of onions.
  • When onions are cool, transfer to a cutting board and roughly chop. Place in a medium mixing bowl, and add remaining vinegar, crème fraîche, yogurt, chives, paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Taste, and adjust seasoning. Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle with remaining chives, and serve with crudités or potato chips.
  • Styled by Mary Reilly

Rebecca Haley-Park

Rebecca Haley-Park is culture's former editor and resident stinky cheese cheerleader. A native New Englander, she holds a BFA in creative writing from University of Maine at Farmington.

Leigh Belanger

Leigh Belanger is culture's former food editor. She's been a food writer, editor, and project manager for over a decade— serving as program director for Chefs Collaborative and contributing to local newspapers and magazines. Her first book, The Boston Homegrown Cookbook, was published in 2012. She lives and cooks in Boston with her family.

Photographer Dominic Perri

Dominic Perri is a passionate food photographer splitting his time between Massachusetts and New York City. He has been professionally photographing food for almost 10 years. See more of his work at http://www.dominicperri.com/