Two Great Party Dips

Good friends of ours had an Age of Aquarius party last night for their joint birthday. Of course I had to cook something to bring. I picked a caramelized onion dip and sun-dried tomato dip, both from Barefoot Contessa.

Pan Fried Onion DipPan-Fried Onion Dip
Makes 2 cups
  • 2 large yellow onions
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter (I use 2 Tbsp.)
  • 4 Tbsp. vegetable oil (I use 2 Tbsp. olive oil)
  • ¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper (use up to ½ tsp. if you want it spicy)
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature (I use the ⅓ less fat Neufchâtel)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup good mayonnaise (I use the light Hellmann’s)
Cut the onions in half and then slice them into ⅛” thick half-rounds (I use the thin setting on my mandolin). (You will have about 3 cups of onion.)
Onions after 5-10 minutes

Onions after 5-10 minutes

Heat the butter and oil in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Add the onions, cayenne, salt and pepper and sauté for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 more minutes, until the onions are browned and caramelized. Allow onions to cool.

Caramelized OnionPlace the cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat until smooth. (I use my food processor fitted with a metal blade.) Add onions and mix well. Taste for seasonings.
Serve at room temperature.
I serve this with Kettle Brand potato chips – either the Sea Salt variety or Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper. You could also serve with fresh vegetables and crackers for dipping.
Sun Dried Tomato DipSun-Dried Tomato Dip
Makes 2 cups
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped (~8 tomatoes)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature (I use the 1/3 less fat Neufchâtel)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup good mayonnaise (I use the light Hellmann’s)
  • 10 dashes Tabasco sauce (I use the Green Jalapeño Tabasco)
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt (I use 3/4 tsp.)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)
Purée the tomatoes, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, Tabasco, salt and pepper in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add the scallions and pulse twice. Serve at room temperature.
When I am serving this with the onion dip above, I use the same Kettle Brand potato chips for both. You could also serve with crackers and fresh vegetables.
Do not substitute the dry sun-dried tomatoes for the oil-packed ones; the flavor will not be as intense.

Menu for Atlanta Falcons Fans

I’m not a big football fan. I didn’t grow up in a football town – baseball & hockey are much bigger in St Louis than football; I didn’t go to a big football college either. However, my husband likes watching football & so does his family. So, today, the Atlanta Falcons are playing in the NFC championship game and Eric’s family is over to watch the game. Of course, I am cooking (it IS all about the food). I tried to create a menu based on some ingredients associated with Georgia – Vidalia onions, peaches and Coca-Cola. My menu for today is:

Munchies

  • Baked Vidalia Onion Dip served with Triscuits
  • Peach Salsa (purchased from Costco) served with tortilla chips
  • Palmetto brand Pimento Dip (purchased from Publix) served with Wheat Thins
Baked Vidalia Onion Dip

Baked Vidalia Onion Dip

Pimento Cheese Football

Pimento Cheese Football

I molded the pimento dip into a football-shaped cake pan and my older son decorated it with pimento strips to look like a football. 

Dinner

  • “Dirty Bird” Chicken Sandwiches (crock-pot Coca-Cola BBQ chicken)
  • Coleslaw (my own recipe)
  • Baked Beans – I buy the Bush’s brand Vegetarian Beans

The Baked Vidalia Onion dip recipe and BBQ chicken recipe both come from The Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook by Southern Living. The vidalia onion dip was fantastic but the BBQ chicken recipe was so-so. I put out some bottled BBQ sauce for people to add to their sandwiches.

 

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Coleslaw

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Coleslaw

Rise Up Falcons!! – edited: There’s Always Next Year