CSA Merrimack Valley: New England Onion Dip
It is always challenging to find local foods to incorporate into our holiday feasts. It also can be a challenge to offer remarkable appetizers to keep your family or guests engaged while the holiday supper is being prepared. Utilizing foods that can be stored all winter, such as dried beans, hearty onions and fruit jams, we can use up local items from our pantry to feed our holiday guests. Combining these pantry staples with fresh New England dairy options, such as cheeses and sour cream, enables us to create extraordinary versions of the classic dips we are all familiar with. This holiday season, dig deep into your pantry and then turn to the bounty of local dairy options to ensure your guests have already had an amazing meal even before dinner hits the table.
NEW ENGLAND ONION DIP
Start to finish: 1 hour, 15 minutes
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 diced sweet onions
6 minced garlic cloves
2 cups sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven or a heavy bottomed pot on medium heat and add the onions.
Place the pot with the onions in the oven, stirring every 15 minutes. Continue cooking for 1 hour, or until the onions are well caramelized. If the onions dry out during the cooking process, add 1-2 tablespoons of water and stir.
Once the onions are caramelized, remove the pot from the oven and add the minced garlic, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Stir to combine, and then set in the refrigerator to cool.
Once the onions are cool, transfer them to a mixing bowl, add the sour cream, mayonnaise, chives, parsley and tarragon. Mix everything until it is well combined, and then transfer into a serving dish.
This is traditionally served with simple potato chips, but it goes well with crackers, toasted bread, or crudites such as celery, radishes and carrot sticks.