Charred Onion Dip w. Steamed Red Potatoes for Dipping

When I saw a recipe for Charred Onion Dip in my Bon Appétit magazine (thanks for the gift subscription, Mom!) I was totally intrigued. I love me some onions. All different kinds of onions, all different ways. But I'd never had charred onions. I knew what I had to do. Must. Make. Immediately.

Luckily, the recipe is very easy and called for ingredients I pretty much always have on hand. I made some adjustments—like replacing most of the mayo and sour cream with Greek yogurt—but the amazing flavor is definitely still intact. It's like a smoky caramelized onion dip...try it and you'll see! 

Adapted from a recipe in Bon Appétit magazine:
makes about 1 1/2 cups of dip
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt 
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh chives

Preheat the broiler. Toss the shallot, onion, and scallions with the olive oil and season generously with salt. Broil, tossing once, for about 10 minutes. Let the charred onions cool, then mix with the yogurt, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and most of the chives. Taste and add more salt, if necessary. Top with the rest of the chives.

Now, you can serve this with crudité or pita chips. But how about something a bit different? Try slicing steamed, cold red potatoes and top them with a sprinkle of salt (I used a parsley sea salt); they are a perfect complement to this smoky, onion dip. It's a sophisticated—and healthier—take on classic Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips. 

I'm thinking this dip would also be a great baked potato topping. Would love to hear how you use it!

Update: This recipe was featured by The Daily Meal on a round-up of great appetizers for New Year's Eve!

Fellow onion lovers should check out these other onion-tastic recipes:

My Foolproof Caramelized Onions (made in a Crockpot!)

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  1. Sounds delicious!

  2. thank you :-)

  3. I like the idea of charred onion for extra flavor and the potatoes too.

  4. Love onions every which way, like you do! This looks epic!

  5. I've cooked onions lots of ways, but haven't gone so far as charring them. Must try this and the dip. YUM.

  6. What an interesting idea! I can practically taste the creamy charred flavor with potatoes! Yummy!

  7. Wow! What a delicious savory appetizer you have here! Love it!

  8. Great idea, this is a terrific appetizer for holiday entertaining.

  9. This dip looks so delicious and flavorful! Perfect for entertaining!

  10. I am totally droolling with this dip!

  11. Wow this looks good! I can't wait to try it! Dips are one of my favorite foods!

  12. Mmm this dip sounds amazing, and aren't red potatoes fantastic! We regularly get them in our veg box. So scrummy. :)

  13. We went to dinner w friends. They had this as an appetizer. We all enjoyed it they served nana bread ,cukes and celery. Very tastee I got their recipe, but this seems more involved with more layers of flavor. Going to make this soon.


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