Caramelize the onions + serve the white wine

Caramelize the onions + serve the white wine

By Kristin Olszewski

I don't know about you, but it seems like entertaining season is in FULL SWING, and I'm always looking for a perfect appetizer that's simple, and easy to pair a wine with. I've decided that a delicious dip and a glass of wine can take any party from "meh" to "hell yeah". This homemade onion dip pairs perfectly with our white wine (in a can or bring a box- enough for everyone), offering a rich, savory flavor that complements the wine's bright and refreshing notes. Here’s how to make it:

Homemade Onion Dip

Ingredients: For the Caramelized Onions:

  • 2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped (optional)

For the Dip:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Caramelize the Onions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat butter and olive oil over medium heat until melted.
  2. Add the sliced onions, salt, sugar, and black pepper. Stir to coat the onions in the butter and oil.
  3. Cook the onions over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 30-40 minutes or until they turn golden brown and caramelized. Reduce heat to low if onions start to burn.
  4. Stir in chopped thyme (if using) and remove from heat. Let the onions cool.

2. Make the Dip:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper.
  2. Add the caramelized onions to the mixture and stir until well combined.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

3. Serve:

  1. Transfer the dip to a serving bowl.
  2. Serve with your favorite dippers, such as potato chips, pita chips, or fresh vegetable sticks.

Why white wine, and more specifically, why Nomadica white? A few main reasons, outlined below, but in quick order: Acidity and Fruit.

  • Acidity: The bright acidity of the white wine balances the dip’s creamy texture, creating a refreshing and harmonious pairing.
  • Fruit Flavors: The wine’s lemon and apple notes enhance the sweet caramelized onions while contrasting with the savory garlic and Worcestershire sauce.

This homemade onion dip is the perfect appetizer for any gathering or even a quiet night at home. When paired with our white wine (super chilled, please), it creates an irresistible combination that will have everyone coming back for more.