I grew up on dip made from Lipton's Onion Soup and Dip Mix and sour cream. Ruffles potato chips and that old-fashioned onion dip were a favorite childhood snack. I'm not going to lie, I still love that easy onion dip. It's one of those nostalgic foods that has held up to the test of time.
Those Lipton packets of dry ingredients are sure convenient and admittedly taste great, but a quick read of the sodium content and mystery ingredients motivated me to find a healthier alternative. That's where this recipe comes in.
A healthy makeover! It does take more time to make this version of onion dip, but most of the time is hands-off while the onions and garlic caramelize in the oven. The flavor is so amazing, that's it's well worth the time. Plus this no-guilt recipe is made with yogurt. The flavor is so rich, that no one would guess it's made with healthy ingredients.
I adapted this from a recipe in a flyer at my local Schnucks grocery store.
More than a dip--it also makes a great spread!
This is so versatile. Try it:
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients:
Step 2. Dice the onions.
Step 3. If using fresh thyme, strip the leaves from the stem.
Step 4. Prep the garlic. Remove papery outer layer, leaving the bulb intact. Cut off 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the top pointy end (not the root end).
Step 5. Add the diced onions and garlic bulb to a large (13" x 18") baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, being sure 1-2 teaspoons drizzles over cut end of garlic bulb. Toss onions with tongs to evenly coat with olive oil and spread them out in an even layer on pan. Place garlic bulb on pan with cut side exposed.
Step 6. Bake for total of approx. 60 minutes. Stir onions after each 20-minute interval, and remove garlic bulb from oven after 40 minutes (bulb should feel soft when pressed, and cut end should be browned). Onions are done when they are caramelized to golden brown all over with some dark bits.
Step 7. Remove onions from oven and use a metal spatula to release onions and scrape browned bits from bottom of pan; allow to cool to room temperature.
Step 8. Squeeze the cooled roasted garlic bulb by pinching with your thumb and fingers to remove garlic from bulb skin. Discard skin. On a small plate, mash garlic with a fork to form a paste.
Step 9. In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, roasted onions and garlic paste, lemon juice, black pepper, and thyme. Stir to a uniform mixture.
view on Amazon: handheld lemon juicer (so easy to use--squeeze a lemon half directly into the mixture)
Step 10. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving, but longer is better. The flavor improves if the dip is made a day ahead. You can see in the photo below how the caramelized onion color (and flavor!) infuses the yogurt during an overnight rest in the fridge.
The dip/spread will thicken in the fridge. It's still dippable that way, but you can let it return to room temperature before serving if you prefer a looser dip.
The caramelized onions add naturally sweet and rich flavor to the dip. Roasting the garlic head mellows it's bite and adds a subtle flavor profile.
Of course, this dip is amazing with chips. I'm particularly partial to pairing it with sweet potato chips, but any chip will do.
For a totally guilt-free snack, skip the chips and enjoy this dip with raw veggies like carrots, red pepper strips, celery, peas, cucumbers, etc. So yummy and healthy!
Here's to a favorite childhood snack made even better. Dip away!
Make it a Yummy day!