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Chomp, Chomp….

What a Saturday night we had. Not only were Larry and I able to sneak out of the house while the kids played with the babysitter, but we were able to watch an exciting and victorious UF Gator game in a houseful of fellow Gator fans and friends. We spent the evening at our niece and nephew’s new house with friends, lots of great food and Pumpkin Ale.

(Gooooo Gators! PS…that is not me and my husband in matching shirts!!)

I was planning on only making a spinach dip that I just know many of you are very familiar with…Knorr’s Creamy Spinach Dip. This dip is always a hit, especially when served in a bread bowl. Try it with Hawaiian bread too.

My husband requested I make “that onion dip”…what he is referring to is Barefoot Contessa’s Pan Fried Onion Dip. I am pretty sure that this is the first recipe that I made from her original cookbook. You can just tell that I’ve made this dip many times due to all the stains on the page. This dip is reminiscent of the classic onion dip you make from a dry soup mix, but oh so much better. And not very hard either. Most of the time spent in preparation is caramelizing the onions and letting them cool. Once that is done, you just combine everything with a mixer or in your Kitchen Aid and you’ve got yourself one yummy dip. I always serve it with thick cut potato chips, but veggies and crackers would be great too.

Barefoot Contessa’s Pan Fried Onion Dip

recipe found in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

2 large yellow onions

4 TB unsalted butter (I don’t use the butter, just olive oil)

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper

1 tsp of kosher salt

1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature (I use reduced fat)

1/2 cup sour cream (I use light)

1/2 cup mayonnaise (I use light)



Cut the onions in half and then slice them into 1/8 inch half-rounds. (You will have about 3 cups of onions.) Heat the butter and oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions, cayenne, salt and pepper and saute for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 more minutes until the onions are browned and caramelized. Allow the onions to cool.

Place the cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachement and beat until smooth. Add the onions and mix mell. Taste for seasonings. Serve at room temperature.

(Oh, these wings were good!)

The stars of the evening were most definitely the meat. My nephew threw some of the best wings I’ve ever had together and our good friends Krista and Mike brought over this cooking gadget that I had never seen before…a rotisserie oven that produced the most tender and delicious roast beef ever! They kept referring to it as the “Set it and Forget it”… I had no idea. Basically, a seasoned rib roast spun around in this cute little box for almost 2 hours. Santa may be delivering this little guy to our house this Christmas.

In addition to the dips, I put together a Cajun Pasta Salad at the last minute. I was craving something spicy and since we were playing LSU, why not?

I’ll be posting the recipe for the pasta salad later this week so keep a look out for it. And in the meantime I will be trying to nail down the wing recipe from Josh (which originally came from his mom)…it’s one that needs to be shared.

(And here are the gracious hosts, the Newleyweds, Josh and Sarah – aren’t they cute?)

(Me and Larry, oh so happy are we…)


Have a great week!!

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27 Responses to “Chomp, Chomp….”

  1. Lisa posted October 14, 2008 at 3:22 am

    That sounds like fun! The onion dip is so much better than the onion soup one I usually make. My weakness is potato chips so i hardly ever buy them…can eat a whole bag easy!

  2. anudivya posted October 14, 2008 at 3:49 am

    What is Hawaiian bread? I am totally into bread making these days and grab any new recipe that comes my way.
    Both dips look great!
    Oh, and you both make a cute couple 🙂

  3. Paula posted October 14, 2008 at 5:33 am

    Oh my gosh, does this ever look like a fun get-together. I don’t suppose a Purdue gal would be safe in that crowd? 🙂 You and your friends sure know how to do a party right! The food sounds terrific and I hope you get that wing recipe! My hubby would devour your onion dip in seconds … seriously, he would love that! GREAT post, Aggie!

  4. Anne posted October 14, 2008 at 5:42 am

    Yum, I’m going to have to try that onion dip! It looks like a great date night and good luck to your team! 🙂

  5. Prudy posted October 14, 2008 at 11:22 am

    OH, the food. That onion dip sounds heavenly. I’ve only made the Joy of Cooking version; somehow I’m guessing that Ina’s will be even better. It looks like life is good!

  6. Katherine Aucoin posted October 14, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    The food looks fabulous. Looks like you have a wonderful time watching the game. Onion dip is one of my favorites and yours looks fantastic!

  7. Aggie posted October 14, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    anudivya…you can find Hawaiian bread at the grocery store, I think it’s called King Hawaiian, comes in an orange bag. They have a round bread and also small rolls. Very sweet and soft bread, yummy!

  8. Maria posted October 14, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Glad you got out and about. Looks like a fun get together!

  9. Krista posted October 14, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Aggie! The onion dip was awesome (can’t wait to make it myself) and Mike could not stop commenting on how good the pasta salad was!! Great job!! We had tons of fun!! 🙂

  10. Lucy posted October 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Wonderful party spread there!! I just love both of those dips and those wings… more details please 😉

  11. Bridgett posted October 14, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    I think the onion dip is so addictive! It all looked wonderful, Aggie. What a fun get-together this was and it looks like you guys know how to throw a good party.

  12. Amy posted October 14, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    What a fun party!! The food looks wonderful!!

  13. Candy posted October 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    That onion dip looks perfect for tailgates! Looks like you all had fun.

  14. Krysta posted October 14, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    i would eat that whole bowl… i love ina garten. you could come over anytime if you made that!

  15. Jenny posted October 14, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Cute! You guys are the cutest couple! Ok, your recipes have me drooling over here! I am starving. I could eat a whole bowl of spinach dip by myself. Great post!

  16. Pam posted October 14, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    What a cute couple you and your husband are. I think I need the “set it and forget it” machine. The wings look great and so does the dip.

  17. susan posted October 14, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    hawaiian bread and the spinach dip sound like a great combination!

  18. Kevin posted October 15, 2008 at 12:14 am

    That onion dip sounds really good!

  19. Veronica posted October 15, 2008 at 12:17 am

    Wow! Sounds like you had a fun party. I love that Barefoot Contessa Dip-I usually leave out the mayo-not a fan. How awesome that you even used a rotisserie machine-you know how to have a party!

  20. Mary Ann posted October 15, 2008 at 1:27 am

    Great football food! We were so glad that Florida won, but watch out in a week and a half! What a fun time!

  21. Patsyk posted October 15, 2008 at 1:35 am

    I’m going to have to make that onion dip! We usually make the one with the soup mix, but this one sounds so much better!

  22. Proud Italian Cook posted October 15, 2008 at 4:41 am

    Aggie, That onion dip, and the wings!! I’m so hungry now! I’m ready to pop open a pumpkin ale!!!

  23. Dawn posted October 15, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Ohhh Hawaiian bread! I never thought to try that, sounds perfect.
    Last year I made a triple batch of Ina’s pan fried onion dip for hubbys’ Christmas party. It was literally devoured in an hour! I was impressed at how easy it was to make. You and your hubby are a cute couple.

  24. Sarah posted October 15, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Go Gators! That looks like some terrific tailgate food; just the thing for a good game!

  25. Lucy posted October 16, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Aggie, I’ve answered your ? you had 😉 Years ago I lived in FL too! on the West Coast.

  26. Lucy posted October 16, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Aggie, I sent an email… you can delete this

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