Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Caramelized Onion & Bacon Dip

Talk about a flavor punch!  This Caramelized Onion & Bacon Dip is the bomb!  It was easy and fantastic!

1 onion, chopped
3 T butter
Pinch sugar
Salt & pepper, to taste
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 C shredded Parmesan cheese (plus more for the top)
1 C shredded Pepper Jack cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pretzel chips, bagel chips, or your favorite crackers

Melt the butter in a skillet or pot that has a lid over medium heat.  Add in the pinch of sugar and onions and cover.  Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Turn the heat up slightly and remove the lid.  Continue cooking and stirring the onions until they are well browned, another 5-10 minutes. During the last 30 seconds, add in the minced garlic and salt and pepper to taste and cook quickly.  Remove from the heat.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Stir together the softened cream cheese, the bacon, the onions, the Parmesan, salt & pepper to taste, and the Pepper Jack cheese.  Spread this mixture into a small baking dish.  Sprinkle more Parmesan on top, if desired.  Bake for about 10-15 minutes to heat through and slightly brown the Parmesan on top.  Serve with crackers.

NOTE:  Be careful when seasoning this with salt.  The bacon and the cheeses are salty, so you may not even need any salt.  Taste along the way.

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