Caramelized Onion Dip for #10DaysofTailgate

Welcome back for another #10DaysofTailgate recipe.


So far, I have posted the following suggestions for your next tailgate:

Warm Garden Salsa

Oktoberfest Beer Mustard with Charcuterie

Pretzel Sticks with Two Sauces

It looks like we are heavily into appetizers and dips at Eliot’s Eats and you would not be incorrect with that assumption.

We love us a good dip!

Today’s recipe will continue that theme with Caramelized Onion Dip.

This recipe came into being after another challenge from The Hubs.   It was a late night and we had just pulled into a stopover town while traveling.   (I think it was either Ft. Smith or Little Rock….I sometimes mix them up.)   We stopped at a Cajun-themed restaurant because that was about all that was open.   We tried their hot onion dip and fell in love.

Here is my rendition of that lovely appetizer.

Caramelized Onion Dip
from Eliot’s Eats

1 T. olive oil
1 large yellow onion, sliced thin
1/2 T. light brown sugar
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese (I always use the 1/3 Less Fat kind.)
1 c. mayonnaise
dash of hot sauce (In this case, Carrot Karma.)
1 c. shredded Swiss cheese, divided

Heat olive oil in a large skillet.  Add onions and brown sugar and sauté until brown in color, about 6 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cream cheese, mayonnaise and hot sauce.  Mix well with a whisk or process until smooth in a food processor.  Stir in ½ c. cheese and onions.  Prepare a small casserole dish with a cooking spray.  Place mixture in dish and top with remaining ½ c. cheese.   Bake for 20 minutes.  Serve hot with crackers, pretzel chips, or crostini.

Note:  You can also use Gruyere instead of the Swiss cheese if you wish.  (Swiss is cheaper.)


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Now, please forgive the photos.   Last week was Parent/Teacher Conference time at our school which means that the teachers and staff are on duty for two long days.   We start conferences right after school on Tuesday and Thursday and don’t get done until past 7:00 that evening.   For some, that is a 12-hour straight day with little or no breaks.

For the past couple of years, the other building administrator and I take turns feeding the crew on these nights.   My turn was Thursday and I made a massive quantity of Sloppy Joe’s (more about those later) and this onion dip along with a truly decadent dessert (more about that later, too).

This was scarfed up in no time.  (Teachers are eaters, let me tell you now.)

So again, forgive the quality of photos of this appetizer as I had to take them at school with my phone.  :)  (And, since no one knows that I blog, I had to sneak them in.)

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Parent/Teacher Conferences or Tailgating—serve this up on a paper plate and enjoy.


Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY for some fantastic prizes from our sponsors.

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You might be lucky enough to win some of that delicious and spicy Carrot Karma (used in this recipe) from Intensity Academy.


Here’s what the rest of the crew brought to the table…
Diablo’d Cheesy Bacon-Onion Pinwheel Rolls by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Spiced Kofta with Carrot Karma Yogurt Dip by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Baked Potato Beer Dip by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Hot Caramelized Onion Dip by Eliot’s Eats
Healthier Buffalo Cauliflower Dip by The Spiffy Cookie
Dunkin Duck, Cheesy Bacon and Ranch Dip by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Honey Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Thai Chicken Skewers by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup by From Gate to Plate
Grilled Parsley Potatoes by Curious Cuisiniere
Grilled Vegetables by Summer Scraps
Pumpkin Bars by The Pajama Chef

For the next #10DaysofTailgate post, stay tuned here for a Three-Pepper Burger to liven up your taste buds.

Also, don’t forget to sign up for the amazing giveaway.  You might win some Carrot Karma for yourself.

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