Why, oh why have I never written about caramelized onion goat cheese dip? This, my friends, is a party staple. Seriously, everywhere I’ve brought it, people LOVE it. And it’s so simple, though they usually don’t believe it when I tell them so. I’ve asked my mom for the recipe a million times (because she has been making it for a while) and every time she gives it to me (off the top of her head), I jot it down and proceed to lose whatever scrap I’ve written it on. So, no doubt, she is going to read this and note errors I am making, but that’s OK, because it came out pretty amazingly so I’ll just say I’m making it my own.
This time I made it for my friend Kyle’s apartment warming/card party. Kyle’s the one who makes the amazing greeting cards (as a side-note, this was my first time seeing the actual cards in person and they are SO good. A million times better than anything you can buy in a store. If you check out her site and are interested in purchasing any, let me know. They are extremely reasonably priced too). Anyway, I was also dog-sitting for my favorite little puppies, Cissy and Mitzi this weekend and they helped me cook. Well, Mitzi stayed by my feet investigating the whole time and Cissy stayed out of the way, napping.
On to the onion dip. First, chop up a bunch of vidalia onions (or some kind of sweet onion). As you can probably tell, this recipe is not scientific at all. I bought 5 decent-sized ones and it worked perfectly.
Of course while chopping, I dropped an onion and Mitzi was right on the scene to check out the situation. After sniffing it, she surprisingly chewed it up a bit before spitting it out. She was very interested.
Put the chopped onions in a pan with some butter (yes, “some,” maybe a couple tablespoons) and some brown sugar (yes, some again. I like to use a lot, which means probably close to 1/2 a cup, but you can use less if you want). Also throw in a tablespoon or so of apple cider vinegar if you have it on hand. The onions will take a little while to caramelize. Just keep your eye on them and stir them every so often.
Soon they’ll get nice and brown and your kitchen will start to smell really, really good.
In the meantime, Cissy was just minding her own business, staying out of the way and not really concerning herself with the falling onions.
Now you’ll want to make the base of the dip. I totally forgot how much goat cheese to use, so I just grabbed 2 logs of it. I probably would use 3 with less cream cheese next time just because I am incredibly in love with goat cheese. That’s just me though…well, maybe not.
Mix the goat cheese and cream cheese together in a bowl and throw in a little balsamic vinegar (a tablespoon or 2 is fine).
Now spread the mixture in some sort of dish, like so:
And put the caramelized onions on top.
Easiest thing in the world? Yes. If you’re bringing the dip to a party, be sure to always bring crackers too. Kyle had plenty, but you just never know and it’s rude to bring something that requires extra effort for the host or hostess.
I like to throw the dip in the oven right before I serve it because it’s sooo good warm. OK, now my mom can read this and tell us how we can improve it for next time. But honestly? I think it’s delicious just like this.