Thursday, June 1, 2017

Baked Onion Dip with Pepper

"Everyone loves a cheesy, peppery dip. Hot from the oven, this sweet onion dip can be served with chips, bread or crackers. Then again it is also great with cut up veggies or even just a spoon!"


It seems I last left you while I was trying to decide whether to have a Memorial Day BBQ.  I was quite indecisive about what to make and who to have but I did manage to attract 7 friends to an un-American Mediterranean dinner. Manservant was still busily working on my folly, so I knew it was up to me to pull it together. All was going well until 5PM. Friends were arriving at 6. Yes, at 5PM Manservant saw the hose spigot from the house explode into his office and our basement. Yes this hose spigot had been installed just two years ago by a certified plumber, so who could imagine that it would just snap in half, inside our wall, gushing water. Not me for one. And who could imagine that this plumber is no longer in business?

It was at that point I said let's call this shindig off while Manservant was anxiously turning off the water and trying to figure out how to turn it on again, without it pouring into his office.  Let's face it, Sunday of Memorial Day weekend  is not a good time to be looking for a plumber and I didn't want to have 9 people eating on not paper plates-and then not have water-our most valuable resource- to clean up with. Well, Manservant somehow managed to pull it off and now we have water and one more water related issue to add to our broken kitchen faucet and dead water heater incidents this year. They say things happen in threes and I'm sure hoping this is #3. In this case we did have our party and even though Manservant was in the shower when everyone arrived, we all quickly forgave him.

I managed to grill some lemon oregano chicken, serve it with some tzatziki sauce and grilled pita, make an eggplant gratin and a really good salad topped with hearts of palm, artichokes and roasted peppers. Dessert was a baked skillet cherry pie that I decided on after discovering cherries from 2015 still in the freezer. No one was the wiser! All of these were a hit but it was the appetizers that just didn't seem to fly. I loved them, but I think everyone else was being somewhat polite. I kept to the theme and made a big mezze plate with sliced chorizo and cheese, some marinated white beans, some skordalia-a garlic Greek spread that I adore-and then I made (IMO) a really good hazelnut, allspice and blue cheese spread that I stuffed into celery. Other than that spread, everyone was just kind of ho hum on the appetizers. Let's admit it. People like this:


I  could have made my Mediterranean Layer Dip with hummus and tzatziki, but hummus has never been my fave! And it is so totally not my generation. I may like hummus, but I wasn't raised on it. I was raised on Lipton's onion soup dip and those plastic dip containers you buy at the grocery. And Perfect potato chips. I don't even know if those are still around. They for sure aren't in Colorado.  Don't ask me how I know. In any case we had some really good white beans and some great celery spread to munch on while we cleaned out Manservant's office. We took out the drenched carpet pad, the old disgusting carpet and two desks and two bookshelves, four chairs and filing cabinets and currently are looking at a cement floor that we are considering staining. Just one more task to add to our growing list, but one thing's for sure-at least we are still eating well! And hey! After all that moving and cleaning I'm sure our bodies can absorb some delectable cheese dip.

People love to eat calorie laden gooey cheese dips with potato chips and crackers. I know it, because I am one of those people. Had I served this dip it would have been gone in 10 minutes flat. I know this, because it has happened before. But I didn't serve this dip. I made it for Manservant and myself and we have been taking bites of it all week long. It is good hot and it is also good cold. The spiciness of the black pepper seems to shine through more when it is cold. Now when I say cold I guess I mean room temperature and I also mean baked first. Much better to meld the flavors that way. Yes, this dip is filled with onions, but they are sweet onions and honestly if I didn't tell you they were there, I'm not sure you'd know. One could also add drained green chilies or a chopped chipotle or even some grated cheddar to give this dip some extra flavor. This dip works as a template for all your favorite flavors. Add to it what you like best, but honestly it is perfection just as is.  Make a big batch and keep it in the fridge until you are ready to bake it. Perfect for happy hour, you can just bake what you need and have more for the next one! It might take awhile to be happy in this house given the current state of affairs, but even I must admit that I sure wasn't unhappy to see that carpet go!


A few more great dips:
Mom's Artichoke Dip             Poblano Onion Dip               Peppadew Green Chile Cheese

                       

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Baked Onion Dip

Everyone loves a cheesy, peppery dip. Hot from the oven, this sweet onion dip can be served with chips, bread or crackers. Then again it is also great with cut up veggies or even just a spoon!
prep time: 15 MINScook time: total time: 15 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 c mayonnaise
  • 1 c fresh grated Parmesan
  • 1 c diced sweet onions (or more if you like)
  • 2 t freshly ground black pepper
  • Drained Green chilies, or a chopped chipotle, or even some Cheddar (All optional, but all good!)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a bowl, using an immersion blender, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, Parmesan,and black pepper. Blend well.
  3. Stir in diced onion. Spoon the mixture into a 6" baking dish. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until dip is golden brown and crusty on top. Really.
  4. Serve with your choice of dippers or just a spoon. May be served hot or at room temperature.
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36 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, Abbe! That's terrible! I'm wondering if the plumber is now out of business because more than one person had issues with exploding plumbing that he installed. . .I can't believe you still had your party! I would have canceled and hidden under the bed for the rest of the weekend :). This dip, though! This would definitely be worthy of coming out of hiding. I'm one of those cheesy dip lovers, especially when the dip is served with chips. Have a great weekend! NO MORE PLUMBING ISSUES!

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  2. Oh my, that water gushing experience could not have been good. I would have wept! I like the sound of the onion dip but Dave would not eat it, so it won't be made by me sadly.

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  3. We love onions and garlic a lot, well, way too much, I am afraid :-)) This dipe looks so GOOD!

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  4. Oh, my gosh, there's always a glitch when entertaining, isn't there??? Thank goodness your personal handyman is more handy than mine. I'd be delighted with your mezze platter, though your onion dip is going on my "to try" list!! xo

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  5. Mmmm, rich dip! You're right -- no one can resist. This looks wonderful -- I could make a meal out of this. And in the past, with similar dips, have. :-) Sorry to hear about your plumbing problems -- let's indeed hope third time's the charm, so to speak. Good post -- thanks.

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  6. Wow what an eventful weekend. I really dislike plumbing problems and they do seem to come in threes. Heres hoping we have no more of that! I can't believe you still entertained. You are amazing Abbe! Love the dip too - my husband would flip for this and make a complete meal of it. Have a terrific weekend!

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  7. I can't believe your holiday weekend, it certainly was memorable but not exactly in a good way. I've had onion dip but never a baked one, it sounds delicious.

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  8. Thanks for lovely recipes. Just want to let you know I cannot remove the'share' dialogue box from the left of my screen. It makes it almost impossible to read your pages.

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    1. My guess is that you are looking at this on your phone! I agree it does get in the way. On the computer it does not. Thanks for letting me know. I'll see what I can do!

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    2. Thanks! You are correct - looking on the phone.

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  9. YIKES!!! I hate when unplanned house maintenance comes out of nowhere. Looks like you are no worse for the wear. Great dip! A perfect late spring appetizer.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

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  10. This dip looks so tasty and irresistible!

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  11. What an exciting week-end you had Abbe, always enjoy reading about your adventures. I think if the same thing happened to me I would of had to cancel, you are pretty amazing!!! Love this onion dip and could probably eat most of it all by myself.

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  12. This dip looks super! It sounds like you had a very eventful weekend!

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  13. I've never had an onion dip before. I imagine it being DELICIOUS but um, HELLLLOOOO sexy onion breath LOL!!!

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  14. Love that story. Your poor manservant!!. Glad to hear you can be indecisive too. Sometimes that is just how it is. Thats all the trouble for you now , I can feel it in my waters.

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  15. I like the simplicity of this dip, flavored with onions for the most part. Wonderful.

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  16. I have had onion dips in restaurants, but I don't know I haven't made at home yet. This recipes sounds simple and easy. I would try this.

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  17. Yum, looks delicious. I believe you're right, this would disappear in no time flat!

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  18. Why do plumbing issue always happen when you just want to take some time off and relax? :) Hopefully, you are done with that. Love the meal you do manage to squeeze out on Memorial Day. This ooey gooey dip looks SOOOOOO good! I usually try to stay away from things with too much cheese for a cheese dip like this is just to good to walk away from.

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  19. Wow, that's a Memorial Day party to remember! Hopefully, you plumbing issues are all over now. Amazing you were able to pull of your gathering! The dip looks delicious ;)

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  20. Cheesy, oniony, spicy... hot of the oven deliciousness. Count us in!

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  21. My husband and I would make quick work of this...we love it as dinner!

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  22. The carmelization in the onion must also be adding a sweetness to this?

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    1. Since the onions are added to the dip raw, there is no caramelization. Just used the sweet onions. Hope you like it!

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  23. You're a magician and the dip is just part of your magic! GREG

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  24. Holey moley! When it rains, it pours! Been there done that! An hour before a party years ago, the door fell off of the refrigerator onto the floor. Talk about crazy, but we were young and whatever then! Glad you still had your company and all. And this dip is to die for! Have to make this one for sure for a get together this summer. Thanks for the recipe! Third times the charm, good luck!

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  25. I will definitely try this dip recipe! Seem so mouth-watering!

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  26. You have me salivating! I'm gonna use this on baked taters, too!

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  27. Sounds delicious!!! A lot like my Vidalia Onion Dip. Good stuff!

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  28. Just love the sound of this onion dip, like Ally says it would be perfect for baked potatoes too ... delish Abbe ♥

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  29. Yummm! Can't wait to try this one!

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  30. Thanks for the delicious recipe!Pinning to try later

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  31. Perfect for veggies, dips or crackers

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