Oh how time flies! It seems like it was just like yesterday that my dear friend Helen’s son, G-man (as we affectionately call him) was just nine hours old. I remember visiting Helen in the hospital and meeting G-man for the very first time. What an absolutely cute little guy. As the years continued, G-man continually amazed us with his unique and special personality. We often referred to him as a 30 something man in a 3 year old body – he was always mature for his age.
Now let’s propel to last weekend and the celebration of G-man’s 18th birthday. Oh how time flies! It is almost hard to fathom how the years just sail by when you really sit down to think about it. He is off to college next month.
My hubby and I are fortunate enough to be an extension of this amazing family. We were among less than a handful of non-family invited to the birthday soiree. Helen held it at their pool club to simplify everything and catered most everything from Hickory Pit. Oh how I LOVE the dressing for the coleslaw from Hickory Pit.
I strive to be a gracious guest, so I inquired as to how I can help or what I can bring. Helen said she was going for ease with picnic flair. Caramelized onion dip had been on my must make list for quite a while. Who doesn’t love a great dip with crunchy and salty chips? After researching the basic ingredients, I completely created my own version of the Ultimate Caramelized Onion Dip.
When I set it on the picnic table for the guests to enjoy, the dip was never lonely. By the end of the evening, the bowl was scraped clean and folks were just raving about how much they enjoyed it. I knew I had a repeatable hit on my hands. Enjoy!
Ultimate Caramelized Onion Dip
3 Large Onions, Peeled, cut in half and sliced ¼ inch thick
4 T. Butter
2 T. Sugar
½ t. Salt
10 Grinds fresh ground pepper
In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, sugar, salt and pepper. Cook for about 15 minutes over medium heat stirring frequently until the onions are a golden caramel color. Set aside to cool.
3 ½ C. Sour Cream
½ C. Goat Cheese
2/3 C. Feta
2 t. Worcestershire Sauce
1 ½ t. Garlic powder
2 t. Onion powder
½ t. Salt
10 grinds pepper
In a kitchen aide mixer, add the goat and feta cheese and beat on medium for 2 minutes. Add about ½ c. sour cream and combine well. Beat until smooth. Slowly add the additional sour cream until smooth and fluffy. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper and mix. By hand, add the caramelized onions and stir together. Refrigerate and let sit about one hour prior to serving to let the flavors combine. Taste to see if you need to adjust the seasonings.