This vegan caramelized onion dip is EVERYTHING. Perfect for game day or a holiday appetizer, it's sure to be a crowd pleaser, even amongst the non-vegans!
This kind of dip totally takes me back to my childhood. We made caramelized onion dips like this alllll the time (non-vegan versions, of course).
While I don't crave rich appetizers like this often, there's something very satisfying and nostalgic about munching on a creamy, savory dip with salty potato chips while pretending to watch the Super Bowl. I might not even pretend this year, though.
I'll probably just play with the dogs and cook while my husband has five panic attacks about teams he's not affiliated with. (Can you tell I'm not a fan of watching football?)
ANYWAYS, I'm getting off topic and I said I would keep this short.
The key to the success of this dip is obviously the caramelized onions. Making perfect caramelized onions is a labor of love. It's well worth the 45 minutes in front of your stove.
Be sure to keep a close eye on the onions so they don't burn. Of course, you also don't want to stir too frequently, otherwise, it will take ages.
Low heat is key. For the first 15 minutes, it doesn't look like much is happening, but don't be tempted to crank it to high. I promise, they'll be perfect if you follow the instructions!
Here's a before/after of what they should look like:
Now that we've covered the onions, let's talk vegan alternatives to dairy. There are a ton of great options, but I'll link to the ones we used here, because they turned out great.
We use this vegan cream cheese (though we've also had success with Kite Hill products). We also just recently discovered this tofu-based sour cream. I know, it sounds bizarre, but it's honestly delicious and really mimics traditional sour cream. Try a dollop on top of these hasselback potatoes - yum!
We suggest serving this with some traditional kettle chips (ugh, so good), but we also always throw some sliced veggies in there, because why not.
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This creamy, savory vegan caramelized onion dip is the perfect Super Bowl appetizer!
- 3 medium yellow onions, sliced thinly
- 2 tbsp vegan butter
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp tamari or soy sauce
- ¼ cup white wine
- 12 oz vegan sour cream, softened at room temp
- 10 oz vegan cream cheese, softened at room temp
- ¼ cup chopped chives
- Slice onions very thinly.
- Heat a large pan to medium and add butter. Once butter is melted, reduce heat to low and add onions and salt. Sauté for 10-15 minutes, stirring often.
- After about 15 minutes, add soy sauce and start adding wine, little by little, stirring often.
- Continue cooking for about 15 minutes, or until onions are deeply golden brown and caramelized. (See above photos for reference).
- In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to cream together vegan sour cream and cream cheese. Add caramelized onions and chopped chives and stir well.
- Serve with chips and sliced veggies. Enjoy!
Tamari/soy sauce helps the caramelization process and adds extra umami flavor - it's just not the same without it!
- Category: Dips
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: vegan caramelized onion dip