hot caramelized onion dip with bacon & gruyere

hot caramelized onion dip

I mentioned a couple of days ago that we were putting up our Christmas decorations that afternoon. We did…and it was just as fun as it is every year. I made a batch of Christmas Cocktails (with a smidge of bourbon in ours, of course!), some tasty hot caramelized onion dip with bacon and gruyere and we set the girls loose.

christmas tree decorations

Why is it so much more fun to watch them decorate?

This dip was perfect for our little Christmas fiesta. Warm and gooey and quite filling, it was nice to have it to devour snack on while we got everything organized. I’m such a huge fan of caramelized onions – I could eat a bowlful with nothing else – adding a little bacon and cheese just makes it even better. I sliced a soft french bread into thin slices then toasted them, a bit like large crostini. This dip would go great with crackers, too. It’s delicious but heavy, so some grapes or sliced apples on the side would be a nice complement.

hot onion dip

I first found the recipe through Pinterest and included it in a post that included some delicious looking dips I wanted to try. Like most recipes I want to make, this one only took me about a year to get to! I made it better adapted it slightly by adding more bacon and cheese, some light brown sugar and plain ol’ sherry instead of sherry vinegar. A cast iron pan is your best choice here, but any oven safe skillet would work (or just transfer to a pretty baking dish for oven time).

hot onion dip

What about you? Have you taken the Christmas decoration plunge or are you holding out awhile longer?


    • says

      awww, thanks so much, Anna. They are such little sweeties & they had such a great time! Our tree is around 10′ I think? It’s the tallest one we’ve had yet. And yes – the dip! – it’s sooo good. Wish you lived closer and I’d whip you up a batch! xoxo

  1. says

    Awwww, too cute! I actually haven’t put up decorations yet, nor do I plan to. The last time we put up a try, it took us like 5 months to put it down so we decided not to do anything. I know, we’re so cool, right?

    Now this dip! Oh man alive I could take a swim in this!

    • says

      I can totally relate to that! I’m really not much of a holiday decorator but Christmas is my one {major} exception. I love how cozy the house is when it’s filled with all of our Christmas things. I guess it’s that winter thing!

  2. says

    Christmas is so early this year that it will be a week or two before we get around to decorating. And when we do, we should definitely make a big batch of this wonderful looking dip. I love most cheese, but have a particular fondness for Gruyere. And anything with bacon is wonderful! Nice recipe – thanks.

  3. Spinning Cook says

    Ditto on the girls stealing the show, but wow, that dip…

    Our Christmas decorating? Our girls like yours, LOVE this part, and eagerly anticipate the *big day* each year. We are currently holding it back as a bargaining chip for good behavior! Won’t be long but for now it’s working! Cheers, Kristy!


  4. Carol Davis says

    I’m glad you posted this. My friends are having our annual Christmas party soon and we have deemed this one Baconpalooza. This sounds like a great one to bring to the party.

  5. says

    For some reason, I am late to realize that you are from the DC area too! We just put our tree up too and it was as always a lot of fun. I will be using this recipe for a birthday party brunch I am hosting this weekend, who could not love bacon and gruyere!

  6. [email protected] says

    This looks amazing!! Definitely making this!!

  7. says

    Kristy, your girls are adorable! (If only my cats had opposable thumbs so I could have them decorate for me.) This dip looks Amazing. And yes, a bowlful of caramelized onions sounds fabulous and messy!

  8. says

    What a great cold weather party dish! I wish I would have had this recipe while decorating our tree :) I’m crazy about Christmas and had our tree up the week before Thanksgiving… I love Christmas decor!

  9. says

    Oh my gosh, this is not even right. I’m not even sure I can wait for a party to make this. The BH and I can polish it off for dinner, right? I mean, all food groups are represented if you serve with baguette and fruit… SO GOOD!

  10. Beth says

    Made this tonight and got RAVE reviews at my happy hour! I’ve already shared the recipe! I forgot to add the brown sugar–does it go in with the sherry? I missed it in the instructions. Either way, another big winner! xoxoxox b

    • says

      That’s awesome!! The sugar goes in the pan with the onions but the dish, as you discovered, will work fine without it. I just like adding a bit of brown sugar when I caramelize onions to 1) help the caramelization and 2) make them a touch sweeter, but they’re yummy either way. Thanks Beth!! xoxoxo

  11. Aggie says

    I want to steal your whole decorating tradition, drinks dip & all! This looks amazing. Hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday! Happy new year to you!

  12. Theresa says

    I know I’m late to this post, but this looks so delicious! My question is, how crucial is the sherry to the recipe, and could I skip it or use something in place of it. I hate to buy a whole bottle and not use it. I know though that sometimes, that even a small amount can be crucial to the taste. What are your thoughts?

    • says

      I would say that sherry is pretty crucial. It’s subtle yet important. Do they sell sherry in those little one-serving bottles? Or can you borrow a little from a friend or neighbor? If you live in Northern VA you can swing by my place, I have a huge bottle!


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