Trader Joe’s Copycat Caramelized Onion Dip

I think the expression is bad artists copy, great chefs copycat… or something like that.

Caramelized Onion Dip Inspired By Trader Joe’s…

There comes times in a food blogger’s life when they realize that everything that happened before that one perfect bite was meaningless and everything after is but a pale reflection of that brush with the divine. For me that, that happened the first time I spread Trader Joe’s Caramelized Onion Dip on Trader Joe’s Salt and Black Pepper potato chips.

Okay, that’s probably a bit much, but I do really love their caramelized onion dip. Still, that doesn’t mean I can’t try to make it on my own and, hopefully, make something just as a creamy, sweet and delicious.

You will need:

  • 3 tablespoons neutral oil (vegetable oil, avocado oil, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
  • Salt
  • 2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, pour in the oil and melt the butter
  2. Add the onion, a healthy pinch of salt and the pepper and garlic
  3. Sauté the onions for 3 minutes before turning the heat to medium-low and covering
  4. Cook for twenty minutes or until the onions are very brown and sweet
  5. Roughly chop the onions into 1/4 inch squares and let them cool
  6. When the onions are cool, mix all the rest of the ingredients
  7. Serve immediately with chips or let it sit for an hour so that the flavors can really meld


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