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Healthy Caramelized Onion & Dill Dip.

Is it really time for the Oscar’s this weekend already? Slate published a funny article with a list of all 60 films nominated in 2015, ranked. I have only seen a few of the nominated movies this year {Wild, Gone Girl, The Lego Movie, and The Grand Budapest Hotel} but I’ll celebrate any excuse to make a dip for friends.

This recipe is my take on traditional onion dip, made healthier by substituting 0% plain Greek yogurt for half of the sour cream you would normally use. Extra flavor comes from slowly caramelizing one yellow onion and including plenty of freshly chopped dill. I promise no one will even know this dip includes Greek yogurt when you go with the half yogurt / half sour cream combination. You can substitute even more of the sour cream for Greek yogurt if you like, it will just result in a tangier flavor. I tried this dip using only 1/4 of the sour cream and it was still tasty!

I learned a few tips on caramelizing onions in this tutorial from Simply Recipes. Slow and steady wins the race while caramelizing an onion. Does anyone else have trouble spelling caramelizing? I had to Google it.

My favorite dip pairings are rice crackers, carrot chips, zucchini slices, and pita chips. I forgot three of these during this particular dip tasting, but you can make up for my transgression! Serve this dip inside a bell pepper for an easy, healthy presentation.

Healthy Caramelized Onion & Dill Dip

1 cup sour cream
1 cup Greek yogurt {I used 0% Fage}
3 Tablespoons fresh dill {chopped}
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Caramelized Onion~Ā 
1 medium yellow onion
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons water

How to~
*Chop the onion into small pieces. Add 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon butter to a saute pan on medium.
*Once the oil shimmers, add onions. Continuing cooking onions on medium and stir every few minutes. After 10 minutes, add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the pan and stir.
*Continue stirring onions occasionally for ~30 more minutes, adding 2 Tablespoons of water in 10 minute intervals.
*Remove onions from the heat and let cool for ~15 minutes. While the onions are cooling, stir together the sour cream, Greek yogurt, chopped dill, salt and pepper.
*Stir in onions and the dip is ready – chill until ready to serve.

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