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You know that situation where 1) you suddenly find out about an event you need to attend and 2) that you have been volunteered to bring something to eat? And then, just for extra fun, make it so you can’t actually get to the store between now and then, as it were, and have to fix up something from what you have on hand. Yeah…this happened around here recently. My husband volunteered to stop by the Commissary and pick up something ready-made, which made me insist with volume and vigor that I could figure something out, no way I was bringing some store made stuff to a cookout. And that’s how this Greek yogurt caramelized onion bacon dip was born! Because I know there are some vegetarians who stop by my blog – I can assure you that this dip is also amazing without the bacon, so just leave it out and enjoy some onion dip that’s way better than anything from a mix! Plus, it doesn’t have any mayo or sour cream, so it’s healthier (and, I think, tastier) than pretty much any ready-made onion dip you’re going to find.
We discovered that this is great as a dip, spread, and even as a sandwich addition. Because the base is Greek yogurt, we used it on homemade pitas with chicken, lettuce, olives, and feta for a super delicious supper! It keeps fairly well, too, so you can enjoy this dip for several days…if it lasts that long.
I like mixing one red onion and one sweet onion, but you can use two of the same type of onion if it’s what you have on hand. No worries! To make slicing them easier, slice the onion in half down the middle (not pole to pole), cut off the ends, and peel off the skin and outer tough layer. Using a mandolin slicer or a careful hand + a sharp knife, cut them the onion halves into slices 1/4″ thick. Try to cut slices, not rings, to save yourself the work of cutting the rings in pieces after!
My favorite Greek yogurt is the 0% fat Fage. I think it has the creamiest texture and makes the best dips. A lot of Greek yogurts have fillers and stabilizers because it takes so very much milk to make true Greek yogurt, but Fage doesn’t have these added bits of nonsense. And, no, this isn’t a sponsored post – they’re just my favorite!
I do have to agree with Papi Chulo who says the onions on top aren’t the most beautiful thing. They really are tasty, though! But if you find them unsightly, you can just mix in all the onions and bacon.
The really cool thing is you can feel good about eating this dip, especially if you leave the bacon out. Without the bacon, it’s basically just yogurt and onions, so that’s pretty much as healthy as a dip can be! I love that there’s no mayonnaise or sour cream – they are much my arch-nemesis. I honestly don’t get how people can enjoy mayonnaise as much as they appear to, at least not the standard commercial stuff! How do you feel about commercial mayo? Love it or hate it?