This Hot Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip is the ultimate super easy appetizer to make for any casual get together any time of the year! This amazing ooey gooey cheesy onion and bacon dip is made with sweet Vidalia onions!
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I love cooking in the summer and it seems like for this particular season, I get to cook even more. Family cookouts, visiting relatives and friends and last minute gatherings seem to happen more in the summer than any other time of the year. I can’t complain, though. I happen to believe that food and entertaining are intertwined and to me, that makes life even sweeter!
That’s why I’m so excited about my new collaboration with The Vidalia® Onion Committee because that means, I can create and share with you my newest recipe: Hot Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip made with my favorite sweet Vidalia onions!
Now, before we get into the recipe, let’s talk about Vidalia onions. I didn’t know much about these sweet, juicy bulbs until my husband and I visited his relatives in Georgia several years ago. One of my husband’s cousins started talking about how Vidalia onions are only grown in South Georgia. I thought it was very interesting.
So I’m sure some of you may want to know more about Vidalia onions too!
Here are some fun facts about America’s favorite sweet onion:
- The Vidalia onion’s distinctive taste is derived from the combination of weather, water and soil uniquely found within 20 South Georgia counties.
- Hand planted, harvested and cured each season, the sweet, juicy bulbs are available within a limited window from April to August each year.
- In 1990, Vidalia onions were named the Official State Vegetable of Georgia.
- Each year, the pack date is set by the Georgia Ag Commissioner. No onion sold before the pack date can be called a “Vidalia.”
- Approximately 200 million pounds of Vidalia onions are distributed across the country and Canada each year.
- No longer just a “southern thing,” Vidalias are now sold in 50 states and most of Canada.
I really love the versatility of Vidalia onions in terms of incorporating them in many types of dishes.
From salads to desserts and from breakfast to dinner, the mild, distinctive sweetness of Vidalia onions complement any dish – like this Hot Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip recipe I’m sharing with you today!
Friends, this Hot Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip is the ultimate super easy appetizer to make for any casual get together any time of the year! This amazing ooey gooey cheesy onion and bacon dip made with sweet Vidalia onions is ready in under 30 minutes and sure to impress your guests!
The combination of flavors in the ingredients: bacon, Vidalia onions, white aged cheddar cheese and sour cream makes this hot cheesy dip an ideal and delicious appetizer! Did I hear ‘football season is coming up soon!’? Yep, this hot onion and bacon dip is perfect for your upcoming football party or any game day party too!
I usually serve this dip piping hot from the oven with sliced and toasted plain baguettes or I’ll sometimes brush the baguettes with olive oil and salt for extra flavor .. mmm… yumm!
To learn more about Vidalia onions and for more fun facts and history about this chef-favorite sweet onion, go to: VidaliaOnion.org. You can also find more delicious recipes with Vidalias while you’re there!
Hot Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip
This Hot Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip is the ultimate super easy appetizer to make for any casual get together any time of the year!
- Prep Time: 30
- Cook Time: 25
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 8
3 ½ cups thinly sliced Vidalia onions
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
⅓ cup mayonnaise
⅓ cup sour cream
6 oz shredded aged white cheddar cheese
5 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Begin by preheating the oven to 425 degrees.
- Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add the thinly sliced onions to the skillet, toss to coat in the butter, and cook down until well caramelized, about 20-25 minutes.
- Add the minced garlic to the skillet, and stir to cook for 30 seconds.
- Mix in the red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar to deglaze the pan well. Stir to combine all of the ingredients.
- Transfer the onion mixture to a mixing bowl, and add in the mayonnaise, sour cream, shredded cheese and crumbled bacon. Mix until well combined.
- Add the dip mixture into a small baking dish, and bake for 20 minutes until browned and bubbly.
Keywords: dip, Vidalia onions