Caramelized Onion and Sour Cream Dip Recipe from Williams-Sonoma Holiday Entertaining

Holiday Entertaining from Williams-Sonoma

Holiday Entertaining goes to Entry #101! Mellisa, please send me your mailing address so we can send the book to you with enough time to make use of it for the holidays! Everyone else, as always, thanks so much for playing, and it always an honor to have you stop by The Delicious Life! Stay tuned…

This Book Makes Me “Hef”

Holiday Entertaining is much bigger than the usual 8-inch-ish square Williams-Sonoma cookbooks that come in every one-word flavor imaginable from “American” (written by Rick Rodgers of previous cookbook giveaway!) to “Seafood,” but though it’s not quite big enough to be a coffee table like some other books we know, Holiday Entertaining from Williams-Sonoma is one of those we categorize as “coffee table books.”

Because it’s gorgeous.

I have no idea what the publishers were thinking when they chose the cover image. Perhaps chocolate + “snow” + little red berries = quintesessential holiday? It’s a literal case of “don’t judge a book by its cover” because the Rich Chocolate Brownie Cake on the front does no justice whatsoever to the full-page photos inside that bleed to the edge and make you wonder why you feel this way looking at a picture of seared scallops. It’s food p0rn.

But not the raw, spread-turkey in-your-face Hustler kind.

This is classy.

Of course, the book isn’t just beauty. There are brains there, too, in the form of real, useful recipes, one of which I included below. I think I may have chosen the Caramelized Onion and Sour Cream Dip simply because it uses fresh thyme, with which I currently have an unhealthy obsession). Even more useful, I think, are the tips and ideas that might inspire you as you think about your own Holiday entertaining plans. (Sorry, didn’t to sound so “marketing-y” there.)

I’d keep the book myself but I told the PR firm I’d give it away, so I did.

Caramelized Onion and Sour Cream Dip Recipe

from Williams-Sonoma’s Holiday Entertaining
serves 8

Dip Ingredients:

1 pound yellow onions (this is about 2 medium onions)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 cups low fat sour cream
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar

Dip Directions:

Using a mandoline or a large, sharp chef’s knife, cut the onions into slices about 1/8 inch thick. Cut the slices in half.

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with the olive oil. Add the onions and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir, then reduce the heat to low and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the onions are deep golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. (The onions can be cooked up to 2 days ahead, covered, and refrigerated.)

When the onions are cool, transfer to a blender or foor processor. Add 1 cup of the sour cream, the thyme, and the vinegar and process to a coarse puree. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the remaining 1 cup sour cream. (The dip can be covered and refrigerated for up to 8 ours before serving.)

Transfer to a serving bowl and serve at room temperature.

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1 Lindsay Van Kirk December 9, 2009 at 12:15 pm

My favorite dip is french onion. creamy, classic, savory, delicious!

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2 Erica December 9, 2009 at 12:17 pm

I love spinach and artichoke dip. :)

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3 Kathy - Panini Happy December 9, 2009 at 12:17 pm

My favorite dip: good ol’ 7-layer dip :-)

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4 junie12e December 9, 2009 at 12:17 pm

My favorite dip is hot artichoke dip! YUM! Thank you for the great giveaway!

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5 Sean P. December 9, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Spinach/artichoke!

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6 Stacy December 9, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Artichoke dip, because artichokes are delicious in any form.

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7 April December 9, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I’m a huge fan of the Williams-Sonoma breakfast and brunch book and would love to try this new one.

My favorite dip is salsa from Papalote.

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8 irene December 9, 2009 at 12:21 pm

i love spinach dip.

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9 laurel December 9, 2009 at 12:25 pm

french onion dip :)

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10 Ting December 9, 2009 at 12:25 pm

I love hummus. It is so delicious plain or jazzed up!

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11 brittany December 9, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Smoked salmon dip!

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12 Ali December 9, 2009 at 12:29 pm

I love hummus :) So much so I’ve mastered my own Sun Dried Tomato Hummus… it is Yummus.
http://hisbirdiesnest.blogspot.com/2009/10/hummus-is-yummus-sun-dried-tomato.html

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13 anne December 9, 2009 at 12:30 pm

avocado aioli is awesome for tortilla chips and fries!

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14 Lana December 9, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Blue cheese dip. With fresh veggies. Yum. Yum.

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15 Meggie December 9, 2009 at 12:54 pm

That spinach dip that comes in the center of a hollowed out loaf of pumpernickel bread.

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16 Craig December 9, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Hot Crab dip.

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17 Nastassia December 9, 2009 at 1:00 pm

my favorite dip is a cold and creamy spinach and leek dip!

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18 Leslie December 9, 2009 at 1:07 pm

my favorite dip is from The Barefoot Contessa, her Sun-dried Tomato Dip, delicious!

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19 jkru December 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm

my favorite dip is queso because Texas is apparently rubbing off on me…

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20 Mel December 9, 2009 at 1:12 pm

My moms spinach dip with organic full fat sour cream!

Actually… crab dip.. yes..

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21 PJ December 9, 2009 at 1:18 pm

My favorite is onion soup dip, but the carmelized onion that was in your headline sounds like it might even be better!

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22 Doris December 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm

My absolute favorite is spinach artichoke dip!

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23 Zoe December 9, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Cheddar cheese crab dip – served warm.

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24 Pamela M December 9, 2009 at 2:59 pm

My favorite dip, no matter how bad for me it is, is hot baked spinach artichoke dip. I prefer to make it without mayonnaise, because the idea of baking mayonnaise just weirds me out, but yeah, that’s my favorite.

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25 Lily December 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm

my favorite dip is the spiciest galicy salsa my sister makes. it rocks!!!

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26 Anisha V December 9, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Favorite dip = my homemade guacamole! Tons of lime & pinch(es) of sea salt FTW!

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27 keri December 9, 2009 at 5:06 pm

spinach artichoke dip. :)

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28 Bertha December 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm

I’m always trying to find a great menu for the holiday and what’s not to love about caramelized onion and sour cream? yumm…..

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29 saveur December 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm

As unhealthy as it is, my favourite dip is a cheese dip! All you need is onion, cheese (cheddar, monteray jack, etc) plus mayo!

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30 kristy December 9, 2009 at 5:20 pm

anything cheesy, buttery, creamy…. mmmmm!

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31 Caitlin December 9, 2009 at 5:27 pm

You can never go wrong with Spinach and Artichoke Dip. I actually highly recommend the one in Ellie Krieger’s cookbook – delicious!

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32 TobyD December 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm

I love my Black Bean Salsa – a dip for Scoops!

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33 Minxi December 9, 2009 at 5:32 pm

My favorite dip has got to be my stepdad’s homemade guacamole. I have no idea how he seasons it, but it is delicious!

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34 karen December 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm

spinach and artichoke, deadly but so good

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35 Katelyn December 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm

I love spinach and artichoke dip…nice and warm with lots of pepper jack and parmesan cheese. That’s my favorite! (and no one makes it better than my mom!)

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36 Lauren December 9, 2009 at 5:36 pm

I love Spinach and Artichoke Dip and Guacamole.

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37 Sarah J. Gim December 9, 2009 at 5:42 pm

i am beginning to sense a common theme here with spinach and artichokes….

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38 Stephanie December 9, 2009 at 5:42 pm

My favorite dip is my own super-flavorful and heart-healthy version of guacamole with homemade pita chips.

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39 Anna December 9, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Gotta repeat it- Spinach and Artichoke Dip!

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40 Kareen December 9, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Cream cheese with pesto and oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes. Spread on a Town House cracker. Yum!

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41 LS December 9, 2009 at 5:58 pm

spinachhhhhhhhhhhh! hot or cold. mmmm.

although thanks to a handful of you, i plan to spend the next 15 minutes looking for crab dip recipes !

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42 sunny December 9, 2009 at 6:00 pm

in a word (or in a syllable), guac!

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43 Alexandra December 9, 2009 at 6:02 pm

SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE. Oh my gosh. The one dip that I miss more than anything since I became lactose intolerant is that! I have yet to find a good lactose free version of it but gosh. It’s so, so, SO good.

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44 Kate December 9, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Green Chile Cheese!

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45 Emily December 9, 2009 at 6:05 pm

My favorite dip is mine and my mom’s homemade cheese and apricot spread (made with cream cheese, Monterey jack cheese, apricots, and golden raisins) that we dip with apple and pear slices, and crackers of course!

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46 fizah December 9, 2009 at 6:07 pm

cheese dips win hands down! :)

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47 somcak December 9, 2009 at 6:09 pm

My favorite dip is spinach-artichoke dip or Rueben dip – it’s a tough call!

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48 Leah December 9, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Chocolate Fondue!

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49 Julie December 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Mentioned in the tweet, but my favorite dip is a spicy homemade crab dip that includes a healthy amount of vibrant Sriracha. Num.

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50 Diane December 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm

OH! tied between french onion dip and guacamole

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51 Luisa December 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm

RT @TheDelicious Another Quick #HolidayGiftaway: http://is.gd/5h91j My favorite dip is Sundried Tomato Hummus”

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52 Lisa Teague December 9, 2009 at 6:30 pm

My favorite dip is Buffalo Chicken Dip. It’s the best with Scoops Chips.

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53 jack December 9, 2009 at 6:34 pm

My favorite dip is that 7-layer monstrosity. I could eat my weight in that!

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54 deb December 9, 2009 at 6:37 pm

My favorite dip is the Barefoot Contessa’s onion dip. So creamy and delicious – after my party guests go home, I plop down on the couch with the bowl and a spoon and devour whatever people have been stupid enough to leave behind. :)

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55 Caroline December 9, 2009 at 6:40 pm

my favorite dip is the dill dip from la bou!

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56 Jessica December 9, 2009 at 6:43 pm

I love bruschetta with cannellini beans! Or tofu mixed with roasted veggies and herbs/spices and a touch of olive oil.

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57 ErinsFoodFiles December 9, 2009 at 6:44 pm

My favorite dip or spread, might be my Hot Broccoli Dip! YUM!

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58 c. dempsey December 9, 2009 at 6:47 pm

vegetable dip!!!

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59 Tiffie Lee December 9, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Spinach & Artichoke Dip – hands down.

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60 Jessica December 9, 2009 at 6:57 pm

my friend makes a great baked artichoke dip. I sure do miss it!

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61 Lily December 9, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I am ALL about spinach artichoke dip.

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62 Cynthia December 9, 2009 at 7:09 pm

My favourite dip is hummus

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63 Crystal K. December 9, 2009 at 7:10 pm

I love Spinach And Artichoke Dip it is absolutely wonderful and I could literally just eat it as a meal!

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64 Nutmeg Nanny December 9, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Cold spinach dip inside a hollowed out giant Hawaiian bread roll. It’s the best!!!!

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65 Alice December 9, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Can’t beat baba ghanoush. haha.

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66 Michelle December 9, 2009 at 7:25 pm

I love to dip. My favorite is buffalo chicken dip with chips or celery. I also love Harry and David pepper dip made with cream cheese.

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67 Belinda December 9, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Definitely spinach and artichoke dip :]

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68 rachel December 9, 2009 at 7:27 pm

by far, just plain goat cheese slightly warmed.

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69 Brooke T. December 9, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Our favorite dip is our home-made spinach dip! Yum. (:

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70 My Nguyen December 9, 2009 at 7:29 pm

I love spinach dip!

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71 Erin December 9, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Yum!

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72 ilysen December 9, 2009 at 7:37 pm

hummus

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73 Jess December 9, 2009 at 7:38 pm

I love guacamole!

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74 Ethan December 9, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Probably hummus with some kick to keep me on my toes, or the classic seven layer dip with jalapenos all over the place

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75 Martha December 9, 2009 at 7:44 pm

My favorite dip is definitely hummus (especially with roasted red peppers!)

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76 Audrey December 9, 2009 at 7:44 pm

I love Hummus, Lebanese style. It’s so delicious, I typically like to eat it by the spoonfuls. It’s also very good for ya!

Thanks ^~^

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77 Sarah December 9, 2009 at 7:50 pm

My favorite dip is spinach, cheese, and crab!

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78 mia December 9, 2009 at 7:50 pm

current fave is buffalo chicken dip

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79 Lauren December 9, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Definitely homemade spinach and artichoke dip with toasted pita rounds!

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80 Mia December 9, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Add another vote for spinach-artichoke!

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81 ephrat December 9, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Definitely hummus, the creamier/smoother the better!

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82 Erin Sue December 9, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Spinach and artichoke dip!

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83 Robert December 9, 2009 at 8:02 pm

My favorite has to be htipiti

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84 Jess December 9, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Spinach artichoke dip – could never get tired of it (at least not until my pants stopped fitting, but i think it’d be worth the switch to pants with an elastic waistband to keep having more :)

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85 New Cook on the Block December 9, 2009 at 8:03 pm

My favorite dip is my mom’s guacamole. Or homemade applesauce when you have pork chops to dip!

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86 Jessie December 9, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Its definitely a toss up! French onion/cream cheese and crab

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87 Kelly December 9, 2009 at 8:15 pm

White bean dip. Mmmm. Creamy and delicious, but everyone’s always surprised how low in fat it is! (Minus, I guess, the olive oil … but that’s the good kind, right?)

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88 Debbie Hill December 9, 2009 at 8:16 pm

I love crab dip with cream cheese and lots of Old Bay!

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89 jo December 9, 2009 at 8:18 pm

I love any types of Turkish/Mediterrian dips and hummus would be my pick. Delish with some turkish flat breads!

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90 Quinn December 9, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Port wine dip!

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91 Jodi December 9, 2009 at 8:37 pm

After scrolling through the above entries I still stand by hummus.

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92 Tina December 9, 2009 at 8:38 pm

i like dipping bread into a really good extra virgin olive oil and then some dukka. if that doesn’t count as a “spread”, then i’d say roasted eggplant dip with pomegrante seeds

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93 Duke December 9, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Hot Crab Spread is how I roll.

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94 Wanna December 9, 2009 at 8:43 pm

My favourite dip? Has be be spicy salsa! The spicier, the better! Yum!

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95 Sarah December 9, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Green Goddess Dip (it gets me every time!)

2 cups mayonnaise
6 anchovy fillets, minced
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon (or 1 T dried)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives (or 1 T dried)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Place all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well, or better yet, pulse briefly in a food processor or blender.
Cover and refrigerate to chill the dip thoroughly and to allow the flavors to blend. This recipe can be prepared up to 2 days ahead.
Serve with cooked artichoke leaves and other vegetable dippers, and assorted crackers and toasts.
This makes about 3 cups.

YUM!

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96 Jennifer December 9, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Guacamole with South African avocados but American chips.

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97 Jennifer December 9, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Hard to choose, but I’m going to have to say spinach dip – so good!

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98 Meryl December 9, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Chipotle Hummus!

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99 joiei December 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm

My favorite dip is the hummus I make and serve with crispy wonton crackers.

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100 A Ng December 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm

My fave dip is three cheese artichoke dip.

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101 Michelle {Brown Eyed Baker} December 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Oh I just spent oodles of time lusting over this book at the local bookstore! I would love to win it!

My favorite dip is spinach artichoke dip, served with potato chips, tortilla chips, or pieces of fresh bread!

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102 Mellisa December 9, 2009 at 9:02 pm

I make a yummy rosemary lemon canellini bean dip that is a great hummus swap and delicious with pita chips!

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103 Leah Sarah December 9, 2009 at 9:12 pm

My favourite dip is definitely hummus! It’s diverse, tasty, and healthy!

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104 Marti December 9, 2009 at 9:17 pm

I think I could love almost any dip made with GREEK YOGURT. My gosh, I feel like I’ve been waiting all my life for this stuff to come out!

I want to rush out and buy some blue cheese or onion soup mix to see if it is as tasty as I think it might be. Of course, I’m not allowed to eat anything that it might go on…. soooooooo……

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105 mira December 9, 2009 at 9:21 pm

hummus and spinach dip

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106 Kristen December 9, 2009 at 9:23 pm

creamy, garlicky, cuminy hummus ^^

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107 Heather Owens December 9, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Hummus

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108 Julie December 9, 2009 at 9:39 pm

I really love a basic guacamole…. avocado, tomato, red onion, lime juice and salt, done up chunky-style. It is so basic, healthy, and delicious.

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109 Lillian December 9, 2009 at 9:39 pm

spinach artichoke dip. nom nom nom

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110 SY December 9, 2009 at 9:52 pm

hot crab spread is absolutely D*E*L*I*C*I*O*U*S

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111 Caroline Jordan December 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm

My favorite dip is hummus! YUM!

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112 megan December 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm

yummmmmmm

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113 sara December 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Mmmm, it’s got to be muhammara for me! :)

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114 Selina December 9, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Mexican 7 layer dip! YUM!

I love caramelized onions, and love sour cream…so I HAVE to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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115 Maureen December 9, 2009 at 10:53 pm

Garlic and spinach dip. Or really warm cheesy crab dip.

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116 Yen December 9, 2009 at 11:03 pm

My favorite dip is this one my father in law makes. I’m not even if it has a name, but it has chili (with and without beans), cream cheese and A LOT of cheese. Baked.

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117 Gemma December 9, 2009 at 11:37 pm

Since I was in Greece, I love TZATZIKI !

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118 Jackie at PhamFatale.com December 9, 2009 at 11:55 pm

spinach artichoke dip

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119 Cathy December 9, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Hummus. I make my own, and love it in any flavor. Last night I made dill and killed my food processor…

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120 Michael December 10, 2009 at 12:01 am

Would have to go with any form of blue cheese dip or Taramosalata as Gemma’s Greece entry made me think about…

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121 Ryan Y. December 10, 2009 at 12:59 am

so many good dips
hot spinach artichoke dip
guac w/chunky avocado, pepper, lime, salt, w/or w/o tomatoes
spicy salsa
hummus dip
black bean dip

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122 Sarah J. Gim December 10, 2009 at 3:38 am

Thanks all for playing along! The giveaway entry period is over, but please do continue to comment with your favorite dip. After all the comments today, I am now fascinated by what is popular :)

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123 Sharmishtha December 10, 2009 at 3:39 am

My favorite dip is this mushroom in orange creme that I make. It is rich, sweet, unique and can be adapted to a low fat version for the vain :)

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124 Sarah J. Gim December 10, 2009 at 3:51 am

Sharmishtha: “for the vain” is the BEST thing i’ve read all day. granted, it’s only four hours into the day (4 am here in Cali), but still, so funny because it’s so true.

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125 bmk December 10, 2009 at 4:15 am

I love salmon dip.

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126 Carolyn December 10, 2009 at 4:45 am

I love adding scallions and seasonings to cream cheese. Add avocado and you have a great TexMex spread.

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127 Smadar December 10, 2009 at 6:04 am

Easy: guacamole.

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128 Niki December 10, 2009 at 6:15 am

I love Skordalia, which is a Greek cold garlic potato dip. And when I saw garlic, I mean like equal parta garlic and potato!!! Okay, maybe not, but darn near close to it!

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129 Janet Robinson December 10, 2009 at 7:19 am

I think cold spinach dip with bread and veggies is my favorite. The crunch of the water chestnuts makes it the perfect treat!

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130 Anna December 10, 2009 at 9:04 am

i love a classic chickpea/tahini hummus… though i’m also open to variation: white bean/garlic, sundried tomato/basil, feta/herb… yum!

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131 Michelle McGlynn December 10, 2009 at 9:13 am

Swiss cheese bacon dip ( it is a recipe adapted from Rachael Ray).

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132 MrsDocChuck December 10, 2009 at 10:19 am

My husband’s gall bladder problems make dip a thing of the past for us. A guilty pleasure I enjoy only on the rare occasion we are invited to a pot luck or smorgasboard.

You all are making me drool with your recipes and ideas!

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133 Kirsten December 10, 2009 at 10:26 am

hope its not too late – love your blog! gotta go w/ old fashioned onion dip made w/ Nancy’s organic sour cream.

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134 Jana December 10, 2009 at 11:17 am

I love taco dip!

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135 Keely B December 10, 2009 at 12:06 pm

spinach dip in a pumpernickel loaf!

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136 elsa December 10, 2009 at 12:16 pm

spinach-artichoke

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137 Van December 10, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Artichoke dip is my favorite one.

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138 Charity December 10, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Creamy cucumber dinner, as cool and refreshing as breeze in the summertime!

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139 Mellisa December 10, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Wow, thank you so much!! I can’t wait to try out the recipes :)

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