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A warm dip in the winter, just in time for New Year’s, is all about the melty cheese. But mixing cheeses together and achieving the correct ratio for the perfect melting texture can be tricky. On top of that, the cheeses need to have flavor and complexity, but not have too much funk that they stick out from all the other cheeses.
This French onion cheese dip is an instant classic! Onions are slowly caramelized until browned, drawing out their sweet flavor. And the mixture of cheeses creates a unique and delicious dip that elevates this from just any ordinary cheese dip to something extra special!
The ingredients that make this recipe so delicious
- Sweet onions are slowly sautéed. The key is to do this slowly so the sugars caramelize. The flavor will become lighter and sweeter and the onions will be almost like jam.
- Butter is sautéed with the onions to help start the caramelization process, but also add a little underlying flavor.
- Cream cheese is the base of this dip. The sweet, tangy flavor from the cream cheese complements the other cheeses and also adds the perfect creamy texture.
- Full fat Greek yogurt adds a layer of flavor and helps create additional creamy texture. Full fat is essential so the cheese dip does not separate when heated in the oven.
- Balsamic vinegar adds sweetness and some acidity to round out the flavors.
- Garlic powder may seem antiquated, but the powder packs a strong punch. Instead of needing to cook raw garlic, the powder flavor is more mellow and easy to blend into the cheese.
- Brie cheese is a go-to for baking and is usually wrapped in puff pastry. The baking instantly melts the Brie. Keep the rind on the Brie for added texture.
- Gruyere cheese is a hard Swiss cheese. Even though it’s a hard cheese, it also melts well and adds a punch of flavor.
- Parmesan cheese is the salty finish for the dip. Make sure to use authentic Parmesan for the most flavor and the correct texture. No Parmesan powder here!
The combination of cheeses and caramelized onions make this dip a special treat. Dips are meant for those occasions when we gather together and celebrate. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, or any other special day, this dip will be a crowd-pleaser!
Watch how to make this French onion cheese dip
French Onion Cheese Dip
- 2 tbsp butter melted
- 2 cups sliced sweet onions
- 1 tsp salt
- 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 8 oz Brie cheese cut into cubes
- 4 oz Gruyere cheese shredded
- 2 oz Parmesan cheese shredded
For the crostini
- 1 18-inch baguette
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a 12-inch skillet melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the sliced onion and salt. Sauté over medium-low, stirring occasionally until the onions are caramelized with deep color, 20-25 minutes. Remove from the heat.2 tbsp butter, 2 cups sliced sweet onions, 1 tsp salt
- To the warm the caramelized onions, add the cream cheese. Stir the cream cheese into the onions until it is melted and smooth. Next, stir in the Greek yogurt, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, Brie cheese, Gruyere, and Parmesan cheese.8 oz cream cheese, ½ cup Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp garlic powder, 8 oz Brie cheese, 4 oz Gruyere cheese, 2 oz Parmesan cheese
- Stir to combine and pour into an 8-inch skillet or baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven until the cheeses are melted and warmed through, 5-6 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve with crostini.
For the crostini
- Slice the baguette ½-inch thick. Lay in an even layer on baking sheets and drizzle or brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, 1 18-inch baguette
- Bake in the preheated oven until the bread is slightly browned and toasted, 6-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool until ready to serve.