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BACON & CARAMELIZED ONION DIP

Back in my Mom’s day, an hors d’oeuvre got the ultimate stamp of approval when “the men loved it.” This recipe definitely falls into that category. The strands of caramelized onions make this dip kind of messy to eat, but press on. It’s worth it. Oven roasted fries (recipe follows) make a good sturdy carrier. A little chopped fresh thyme or rosemary makes a nice addition to this hearty dip.

INGREDIENTS

(6 Servings)

3 strips bacon

1 medium onion

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon olive oil

One 16-ounce tub sour cream

Pinch of sugar

DIRECTIONS

 

  1. Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until golden brown and crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside. Pour the bacon grease from the skillet and dispose of it, but don’t wipe out the skillet.
  2. Peel the onion and slice it in half lengthwise. Cut the halves crosswise into thin slices. Add the butter and oil to the skillet used to cook the bacon and melt butter over medium high heat. Add the onions and salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are very soft and golden, about 25 minutes. Stir in the sugar and remove from heat. Let cool completely.
  3. Crumble the cooked bacon and stir it into the sour cream, saving a few crumbles for garnish. Stir in the cooled onions and mix well. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving time. Bring to room temperature before serving.  

TO MAKE OVEN ROASTED FRIES, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut 3 large, unpeeled baking potatoes in half lengthwise, then cut each half into thick wedges. (3 to 4 wedges per half, depending on the size of the potato.) Place wedges on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil; toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast 25 minutes. Using a metal spatula, turn wedges over. Roast until tender and golden brown in spots, about 10 minutes longer. The fries should be crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper, if desired and serve immediately. (Serves 6)

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