Potato Chips and Caramelized Onion Dip

caramelized onion dip and potato chipsI never met a potato chip I didn’t love.

Except those vinegar chips.  Seriously?  Whose idea was that?

I blame my mother.  I have memories of her eating big, crinkle cut potato chips with onion dip.  Her version of onion dip was 1 packet of dry onion soup mix and 1 container of sour cream.  Mmmm.  I love this snack.

My daughter recently told me she didn’t really like potato chips that much.  Which made me wonder whether she had been switched at birth.  Because who doesn’t love potato chips?  It’s un-American.  Forget that, it’s un-Human.  No person that sprang from my womb could possibly dislike potato chips.

Or onion dip.

chips and dip

Robb dared me to make Pringles at home.  He says they are not made from real potatoes, and his proof is that no one could possibly make that at home.

Well, he has a point.  I couldn’t begin to think how to re-create Pringles at home.  What I made turned out more like Lay’s.

Oh my, this whole discussion is making me hungry.

homemade potato chips sour cream onion dip

I will say this:  the real way to make potato chips at home is to use a mandolin.  It’s that cool, slicey tool which could take off the end of a finger if you’re not careful.  I, however, do not own one.  So I made potato chips the not-real way.  Which is to say, I used a vegetable peeler to create thin slices.

I guess if you’re into things being beautiful, you should use the mandolin.  But if you’re into things looking interesting, or you’re into not-purchasing-a-mandolin, just go with the vegetable peeler.

I will also say this:  This is not the fastest snack I have ever prepared.  Caramelizing onions takes a long, slow hour or so.  And before you can fry these chips, they need to soak in water for 20-30 minutes to make them less starchy.  But never fear, it is worth the wait.

Because just as you cannot make Pringles at home, you cannot find anything like this onion dip in the store.

Potato Chips and Caramelized Onion Dip
Homemade potato chips and caramelized onion dip.
Recipe type: snacks
  • 2-3 cups diced onion
  • 2-3 T. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • dash salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2-3 medium potatoes
  • vegetable or canola oil for frying
  • dash salt
  1. Caramelize onions by cooking with olive oil on low heat for 50-60 minutes, until they are a rich brown color, and soft texture. Add minced garlic and salt during last 5-10 minutes of cooking.
  2. Allow onions to cool, and mix with sour cream. Chill.
  3. For chips, use a mandolin or vegetable peeler to create thin slices of potato. Put slices in a bowl of cold water, and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Remove potato from water, and pat dry on paper towels or flour sack towel.
  4. Heat oil to 350 degrees. Add potato pieces to hot oil, a few at a time, taking care not to overcrowd the pan. Let cook 3-4 minutes until lightly brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove chips from oil, and set on a tray lined with paper towels to drain excess oil. Sprinkle with salt. Repeat for remaining potato slices.
  5. Serve chips hot with chilled onion dip.

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White Cheddar Ranch Dip from Authentic Suburban Gourmet

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Roasted Vegetable Dip from Roxana’s Home Baking

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7 thoughts on “Potato Chips and Caramelized Onion Dip

  1. j

    if you sprinkly a teeny amount of baking soda into the onions while cooking they quickly turn into an onion jam. it loses the consistency of regular carameized onions because it truly is like a jam but it still tastes the same. I really mean a teeny, tiny bit too. With 2 large onions I add about 1/4 teaspoon and then another pinch if that’s not enough. I thought you’d want to know in case you ever get a real craving and need it STAT! 🙂

  2. Diane Balch

    Your onion dip looks fantastic. I’ve spent some time in London one learns to love vinegar chips and fries. They use malted vinegar which really has a different flavor than what we use in the States. It also helps to cut the oil. Thanks for sharing your recipe on foodie friday. Always good to hear from you.

  3. john@kitchenriffs

    I actually like that onion soup mix & soup cream dip, but this is way better. Caramelizing onions does take some time, as you point out, but the flavor is so wonderful that the payoff is definitely worth it. I’m lucky enough to own a mandolin so making these would be a snap for me. Good stuff – thanks.

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