Caramelized Five-Onion Dip

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A mix of five different alliums—shallots, scallions, and sweet, yellow, and red onions—upgrades this classic caramelized onion dip with layers of flavor. Yellow and red onions give it bite, while Vidalia onion and shallots lend a pleasant sweetness. Taking the time to cook the onions low and slow concentrates their flavor, while adding scallions halfway through cooking keeps them just fresh enough to serve with chips, toasted bread, or vegetables like endive, steamed fingerling potatoes, and roasted Broccolini.


- 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced

- 1 large red onion, thinly sliced

- 2 shallots, thinly sliced

- 2 green onions, thinly sliced

- 2 leeks, thinly sliced

- 2 tablespoons olive oil

- 1 teaspoon salt

- 1 teaspoon black pepper

- 1 teaspoon garlic powder

- 1 teaspoon onion powder

- 1 teaspoon dried thyme

- 1 teaspoon dried oregano

- 1 teaspoon dried parsley


1. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.

2. Add the thinly sliced yellow onion, red onion, shallots, green onions, and leeks to the skillet.

3. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon each of salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, and parsley.

4. Stir to combine and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are caramelized and soft.

5. Remove the skillet from the heat and let the onion mixture cool for 5 minutes.

6. Using a food processor or blender, puree the caramelized onions until smooth.

7. Transfer the onion dip to a serving bowl and let it cool in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

8. Before serving, give the dip a stir and adjust the seasoning to taste.

9. Serve with your choice of chips, crackers, or sliced vegetables.

10. Enjoy your homemade Caramelized Five-Onion Dip!

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