Sour Cream and Onion Dip

Makes about 2 cups
  • Active time: 45 min
    Total time: 1 hr
Ditch the store-bought seasoning packet in favor of this DIY version that combines slowly caramelized onions with tangy sour cream.

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Published in Gourmet Live 08.01.12


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (1-pound) large onion, chopped (3 cups)
  • 1/2 pound shallots, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 (16-ounce) container sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives or finely chopped scallion greens


  • Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then sauté onion and shallots with 1 teaspoon salt until lightly browned, about 2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook, covered, stirring frequently, until vegetables are golden brown, about 20 to 30 minutes more.
  • Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 2 tablespoons water, or enough to loosen any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the skillet.
  • Transfer onion mixture to a medium bowl, then stir in sour cream and remaining 2 tablespoons water. (If desired, thin to desired consistency with additional water.)
  • Stir in most of the chives, sprinkling on the rest as a garnish.
  • Serve at room temperature.


  • Dip can be made 3 days ahead and chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature before serving.
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