Looking for a great appetizer to start your holiday party or even just a football outing? Prepare this caramelized onion, bacon and gruyere cheese spread and you’ll be making this for every party! As a host, you know guests are going to be arriving hungry, looking for food as soon as they walk in the door. You want to please your guests without having to spend all your time in the kitchen. Well, say no more because I have the perfect appetizer that you can prepare the day before. Simply make the spread the day before and pop it in the oven the following day, no hassle, guaranteed! Even if you’re not hosting a gathering, make this spread for yourself and enjoy as a great snack.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
The most difficult step in preparing this spread is the caramelized onions. Properly caramelizing onions takes at least 20 minutes. You want to slowly cook the onions over medium-low heat to prevent them from burning while still breaking down the natural sugars to create caramelized onions.
You can use a cast-iron pan or a saute pan for your equipment, both will work just fine. Start with a touch of oil or spray with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute, stirring occasionally.
Monitor the heat on your stove top, lowering the heat as needed. If you notice the pan drying out, add a little bit of water to the onions. If the onion starts to burn, reduce the heat. Make sure to stir occasionally while the onions are cooking, but not too often that the onions are constantly moving. Stirring too frequently won’t give the onions enough time with the heat of the pan to cook and caramelize. About halfway through, the onions are starting to develop the brown color.
As the onions become darker in color, stir more frequently. I could have taken my onions even further, but I was running out of time (also a reminder to give yourself plenty of time to prepare the onions!).
Once the onions are out of the way, all you have left to do is mix all of the ingredients and bake the dip! I thoroughly enjoyed this caramelized onion, bacon and gruyere spread. The sweet onions with the salty bacon and creamy texture of the spread itself is a wonderful combination. I had mine with crostini, whole wheat baguette, and even tortilla chips, all appropriate dipping sides! If your guests are heavy dippers, I recommend making a large batch because this dip is addicting. Trust me, if they like the spread as much as I did (which I’m sure they will) you’ll need more spread!
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