Creamy Baked Double Cheese and Sweet Onion Dip

I used to say I hated onions, but I guess I don’t because I loved this dip.

It’s ridiculously good and dangerously easy to make.

Given what’s in it, it’s impossible that it would be bad. We’re talking pure, unadulterated comfort food. It’s fattening, full of sodium, creamy and rich, with some soft texture from the onions, and a tiny bit of heat to keep you going back for more.

And the more you have, the more you want. Seriously addicting. Normally I don’t feel this way about savory foods and reserve this only for sweets, but it’s worth running extra miles for.

To make it, simply combine cream cheese, mayo, grated cheese, sweet onion, black pepper, and optional cayenne pepper, in a bowl and give it a stir.

Turn it out into a pie dish, top with a handful of cheese, and bake until it’s golden browned and bubbly. The wafting scent will force you to rip it from the oven and just dig in.

Because I used a sweet Vidalia onion, it’s not overly ‘oniony’. Of course there’s onion flavor, but in a good way, not in a I just ate onions and cannot be around others who haven’t for at least two days type way.

I added a pinch of cayenne and it provides some very gentle heat, but if you’re not into heat at all, omit it.

I used low fat cream cheese and low fat mayo to try to keep it somewhat healthier but of course, you can use full-fat products if you prefer a truly gluttonous dip or love cardio.

I used Kerrygold’s Blarney Castle cheese, but most any cheese or shredded cheese blend from Parmesan to a 4-cheese blend will be lovely. It’s cheese. There’s no wrong answer.

I’m a dip lover extraordinaire. As in, I can skip the entree and just eat dip at a restaurant or a party, and this is exactly the kind of dip that’ll make me do it.

After a pound of cream cheese and cheese, who needs anything else.

It reminds me a lot of Loaded Baked Tater Tot Dip, minus the tater tots, and incorporates elements of various onion dips and spinach and artichoke dips I saw online.

You could add a couple handfuls of frozen spinach and artichokes to make onion-dip-meets-spinach-and-artichoke-dip. I’m going to try that next time. You could add a cup of corn, beans, or pre-cooked rice, too, to beef it up.

Although I haven’t tried it, you could probably use vegan products for the cheese, cream cheese, and mayo.

It’s a perfect dip to serve at football or sports parties, as an appetizer at any dinner party, serve it as a Thanksgiving or holiday side dish, or make it just because it’s Wednesday night.

After we gorged on half the batch, I put the remainder into an airtight container, refrigerated it, and the next day nuked it for a minute and it was good as new.

No tripod and a freehand shot of me going after all the stretchy, golden cheese. The last time I did a shot like this it was with marshmallows. This was better than marshmallows and that’s saying a lot given my mouthful of sweet teeth.

Pop this in the oven while the turkey is baking tomorrow for something to munch on. Your whole family will be glad you did.

Creamy Baked Double Cheese and Onion Dip (gluten-free)

This dip is pure, unadulterated comfort food. It’s fattening, full of sodium, creamy and rich, with some soft texture from the onions, and a tiny bit of heat to keep you going back for more. It’s dangerously easy to make and addictively good. The more you have, the more you’ll want. I used light cream cheese and mayo; use light or regular. I grated a block of gouda cheese, but any cheese from Parmesan to a 4-cheese blend will be lovely. Optionally, you could add in a couple handfuls of frozen spinach and artichokes, or corn, beans, or pre-cooked rice to beef it up. It’s perfect for football or sports parties, as an appetizer at any dinner party, as a holiday side dish, or make it just because. Leftovers reheat well in the micro. Although I haven’t tried it, you could probably use vegan products for the cheese, cream cheese, and mayo.

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Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened (light is okay, I used TJ’s Soft Spreadable Light
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (light is okay, I used Best Foods Light Mayo)
  • 6 to 8 ounces grated cheese, divided (I used 7-ounces Blarney Castle Gouda, use your favorite cheese)
  • 1 medium/large sweet Vidalia onion, peeled and diced (about 1 heaping cup)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional and to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9-inch pie dish (or 1o-inch, or similar-sized oven-safe baking dish) with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add all ingredients (except reserve about 1/2 cup cheese to be sprinkled on top) and stir to combine.
  3. Turn mixture out into prepared dish, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  4. Evenly sprinkle reserved 1/2 cup cheese over the top.
  5. Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes, or until top is golden browned, bubbly, and dip is done to your liking (I baked for 47 minutes). Allow dip to cool momentarily before serving. Dip is best warm and fresh, but extra will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Gently re-heat in micro before serving leftover portion. Read product labels to ensure all products are gluten-free if that’s a consideration for you. Serving Suggestions – chips, bread, crackers, bagel chips, pita chips, Fritos Scoops, mini toasts, carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumber sticks, zucchini sticks, jicama, bell pepper wedges, mushrooms, your favorite crudites, or eat by the spoonful.

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What’s your favorite dip? Recipe links welcome.