French Onion Dip

Can’t wait to try this French Onion Dip recipe from Tasting Table:

Recipe adapted from Michelle Mah of The Brixton
Makes 8 servings

  • 4 tablespoons (␣ stick) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • kosher salt
  • pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1. Preheat the oven to 450°.

2. In large skillet, combine the butter, oil, onions, cayenne, 1 teaspoon salt and 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper and cook over medium heat until the onions are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the onions are caramelized, about 20 more minutes. Let the onions cool.

3. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a wooden spoon, blend the cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic and Dijon mustard until smooth. Add the onions and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Transfer the dip to a baking dish and bake until bubbling, about 8 minutes. Serve with crackers or sturdy potato chips.

Recipe Roundup

10 new relatively fast and easy-looking Food and Wine recipes on my to-do list:

1) Three-Cheese Mini Macs

2) Mini Black-Bottom Cheesecakes

3) Pasta with Sausage, Basil and Mustard

4) Pan-Roasted Salmon with Tomato Vinaigrette

5) Sautéed Chicken with Olives, Capers and Roasted Lemons

6) Kung Pao Chicken

7) Heirloom Tomato Salad

8) Caramelized Broccoli with Garlic

9) Pico De Gallo

10) Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Arugula Salad

Pork and Kimchi Dumplings!

I’ve been wanting to try making these pork and kimchi dumplings since seeing them in the May issue of Food & Wine.

I decided to go all in and make the dough myself as well.  They call it an “easy five-minute dough,” but let’s not kid ourselves–making the dough might take five minutes, but all the extra time rolling it out makes it a little more involved than that.

Anyway, they looked great, and they tasted fantastic–success!

After the dumplings, Justin and I completed our Asian feast with two more recipes I’d been wanting to try, Grilled Miso Shrimp and Korean Sizzling Beef.  Both were very easy to make, and turned out great.

3 for 3!

Bacon-wrapped dates

Today I tried the bacon-wrapped date recipe from Tasting Table that I linked to a few days ago.  It was really easy, and they tasted great.

The only issue I had with the recipe is that it says to cook them for 5-7 minutes, but if you like your bacon crisp, as I do, it really takes more like 12-15, and I recommend rotating them every few minutes so they get crisp all the way around.

But overall, very easy and delicious.  Will definitely be serving them as hors d’ouevres in the near future…