Made From Scratch: French Onion Dip

Even deep in the winter, the Wausau Farmers Market is still going strong on Saturday mornings. D and I like to make the trek down every couple of weeks (it is an hour's drive each way for us) to pick up some fresh produce, meat, coffee, and chat with our friends who run farms in central Wisconsin.

On a recent trip to the market, I came home with multiple bags of root vegetables. We picked up parsnips, carrots, and a grab-bag of gorgeous radishes from Stoney Acres Farm, and another bag of carrots from Red Door Farm.

With all those fresh veggies on hand, it took me little time to decide to make up a quick dip. I wanted something fairly light in flavor that wouldn't overwhelm the taste of the vegetables, so I opted to whip up a French onion dip with a yogurt base. I've made this recipe a number of times over the past couple of weeks, and it is pretty easy to adapt to what you have on hand. You can use either regular or Greek plain yogurt -- the Greek yogurt will add a little extra tang. I've made this dip with both full-fat and nonfat yogurt varieties, and both work, though a richer yogurt will lead to a creamier and thicker dip.

This dip is fresh, easy, and perfect for game day (or mid-afternoon weekday) snacking.

French Onion Dip (printer-friendly version)
makes about 1 cup

1 cup plain yogurt (nonfat, low-fat, or whole would work; the richer the yogurt, the creamier the dip)
2 tablespoons dried minced onions
2 tablespoons dried chives
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
freshly cracked black pepper

assortment of fresh vegetables for dipping

1. In a small bow, stir together the yogurt, dried minced onions, dried chives, garlic powder, salt, and ground mustard.
2. Season to taste with pepper and additional salt if necessary.
3. Spoon into a serving bowl and serve with fresh vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, radishes, or broccoli. (And of course, potato chips also make a great dipping option, too.)


1 comment:

  1. This looks like a great recipe - I like it because it has ingredients I have on hand all the time, and it doesn't make a lot!


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