French Onion Dip

MUSIC PAIRING: The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds

We recently talked about my love of sour cream and buffalo sauce but both have some stiff competition. While I could cover just about any food in either of those things, I do believe French onion dip deserves a spot in the ‘favorites’ category. 

When I was a kid, we alternated weekends where we’d do burgers or cold cuts for dinner. With burgers, we usually had coleslaw and those frozen crinkle fries you bake in the oven while cold cuts called for potato salad. No matter what though, there were always chips. Charles Chips, to be exact. Dad loved those. 


It would be a special night if Dad decided to grab a little tin of French onion dip at the store. I remember being annoyed though because he would only get one and I could so easily eat the whole thing my dang self. If you think I have an appetite like a tree logger now, you should’ve seen me when I was 8. 

Coming up with a menu for the Bathtub Brewhouse tasting was really fun for me because I got to go back to my roots and share old staples in addition to new ideas. I really can feel the humidity of those Summer nights when I think about keeping Dad company while he grilled and I snacked on chips and French onion dip. For the record, Mom, I never once spoiled my dinner either so ha! While the stuff in a can does the trick, there’s nothing quite like homemade, chock full of sour cream and caramelized onions.

I sure wish you could’ve been there to taste this, Dad. I think you would’ve reminisced on those Summer nights, too.  


Why The Beach Boys? My entire childhood consisted of listening to music like this on the weekend. Dad would either be messing around in the garage or washing the car or grilling with music like Beatles or The Beach Boys playing. The fact that I won’t have anymore burger nights with my dad makes me really sad. I think making a batch of this dip and singing along to Beach Boys might be the only way to find a way to smile in the sadness.   

Recipe by: Williams Sonoma

French Onion Dip
Makes about 2 cups.
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  1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 1 large yellow onion, finely diced
  3. 1 garlic clove, minced
  4. 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  5. 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  6. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  7. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  8. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  9. Potato chips for serving
  1. In a saute pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Reduce heat to low. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until soft and caramelized; about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat.
  3. Add the Worcestershire sauce and stir to scrape up the browned bits from the pan bottom. Transfer the onion to a small bowl and let cool to room temperature.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together the sour cream, mayonnaise and cayenne pepper. Stir in the onion. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 week. Serve with potato chips.
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